Editorial from the Reporter
Information Technology (I.T.) is too important to ignore or leave to
chance. It is the driving force leading to change today, the most
influential and revolutionary influence affecting the way people and
societies receive information and do business.
Information technology encompasses and gives new meaning to other
activities. It has become the pivot or hub around which a host of other
activities revolve - trade and commerce, banking and international finance,
tourism publishing and broadcasting, among others. All have come to depend
on Information Technology, the miraculous new tool which allows a person or
organization located any place on earth on in the air to communicate by
words and graphics with any other person or organization similarly
connected, or to reach out and tap into the vast resources of knowledge
and information which is always available at all times, day or night.
The challenge for individuals and societies is to learn to manipulate
information to his/her/its benefit. People and communities and nations who
use information technology and master it for their own ends will have an
advantage similar to people who know how to read vis a vis people who don't.
The power of the internet is the power to use a unifying and universal
There is today a simple measure to gauge how serious we - government and
people - are about developing ourselves and our human resources. How
serious are we in learning all we can about allocation with the same
objective for developing countries.
At a forum of more than 80 Commonwealth editors this week in Barbados Mr.
Akim Fatoyingo, special consultant in Communications to the World Bank had
this to say: "Developing Countries have no choice but to adapt . . . They
cannot isolate themselves. . . They must gear up to take advantage of the
information revolution, or be crushed by it."
Belizean educators, the civil society, the press, non-government
organizations and Belizean elected officials all have a responsibility to
see to it that Belize take full advantage of all the benefits of the
information revolution. This newspaper wishes to propose that the
government of Belize convoke a forum early in the new year to include the
press, the NGO community, civil society organizations and educators to make
plans to free up the information highway for the benefit of Belize's young
people who will not be able to survive without the new technology.
If the Musa government does nothing more during the next two years than to
free up the information highway as it has helped to free up radio and
television, it will go down in history as having put Belize on the right
path towards rational development.
Email your words of
encouragement to Prime Minister Said Musa, email@example.com
[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 11-09-2000).]