Prime Minister Retired Brigadier Mark Phillips who has responsibility for the energy and ICT sector says because of the importance Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) plays in the transformation of Guyana, the Government has made available free internet access for residents.
Already 66 ICT hubs have been installed in the Berbice area.
He was at the time delivering his remarks during a cabinet outreach led by President Dr Irfaan Ali in Region Six, "We have a programme right now that we chose Region 6 as the first region to implement that programme where we have 1000 ICT hubs that we’re installing," he said.
This forms part of "The 1,000 Hubs Project", which is a collaborative effort between the Industry and Innovation Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister and the National Data Management Authority (NDMA).
This programme will also see the installation of ICT hubs in Region 2 (Pomeroon- Supenaam), Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), and Region 4 (Demerara – Mahaica) Region 5 (Mahaica-Berbice).
In the energy sector, Prime Minister Phillips said the Government recognises the difficulty faced by the residents when receiving electricity and they are working to address the issue. Prime Minister told the residents, "We have GPL working day and night dealing with transmission and distribution issues to improve the delivery of electricity in your community."
Also, he reminded us that the Government has secured funding for the establishment of a solar farm in this region to provide reliable electricity for residents.
"We have secured funding for 33 megawatts of solar farms from a fund….we’ll be delivering the solar energy programmes and 10 megawatts of solar energy from a solar farm will be established in Berbice and the remainder will be for other parts of Guyana."