THE eGovernment Agency’s Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) is expected to be officially opened in February. Representatives from the agency, the High
Commission of India, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Public Telecommunications and board members of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), recently visited the construction site where the CEIT is to be housed.
Located on the Turkeyen Campus of the University of Guyana, CEIT is occupying the NDMA building. Renovations began in August and were expected to be completed in December, but setbacks have seen the completion date pushed back to January 15, 2017. The CEIT is a collaborative initiative between the Government of India and the eGovernment Agency. Second Secretary of the High Commission of India, S.M.Joshi, represented the Indian High Commissioner on the site visit.
CEIT’s Project Manager and Director of Policy and Training at the eGoverment Agency, Malcolm Williams, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the delays in completing the works were many, “but those issues, we’ve overcome them now so we expect that there won’t be any further delays.”
The building had to be renovated to accommodate classrooms and other facilities for the teaching of ICT courses. The eGovernment Agency will furnish the CEIT, while the Indian government will provide the ICT equipment.
The CEIT will offer advanced ICT in the areas of networking, cyber security, software development,and IT project management among others, Williams said. The eGovernment Agency will be the administrator of the facility. The Indian Government will also conduct training sessions for staff of the CEIT, Williams told GINA. “Initially, the Indian Government, they’ve promised to train up to 20 trainers, so they will bring their trainers from India to prepare the set of trainers who will then become the permanent staff for the CEIT,” Williams explained.
The training is expected to begin by early March 2017. There will also be training of eGovernment Agency ICT professionals. The CEIT is looking to begin training of ICT professionals by 2018. (GINA)