GCSI Supports the Launch of the Grenada Information Technology Association (GITA)

Speech delivered by GITA President on the occasion of the launch of the association:

Members of the media, invited guests, colleagues.

My name is Richard Ramdhanny, and it is indeed an honor and a privilege to be here before you today to announce the launch of the Grenada Information Technology Association (GITA).  This is a very proud moment for me, as I am sure it is all other founding members, as it represents the culmination of months of planning and discussion, and indeed represents the realization of a dream several years in the making.

GITA is dedicated to be the leading recognized voice of the ICT industry to promote the Industry’s contribution to economic growth and social progress in Grenada.  I believe as a nation, we all recognize in some way the potential of ICT to be a major game changer for our small island economy, and thus we believe the establishment of an association that brings together the resources of this developing industry sector as a vital component to seeing that goal become a reality.

GITA goals:

  • To establish, maintain and monitor the use of standards across all disciplines of IT work conducted in Grenada, and to provide certification of IT organizations and individuals who meet and surpass standards.
  • To provide a community network for the IT business professionals to reach their true potential by providing education programs for advancing technology and business skills, leadership development opportunities, networking, peer mentoring and knowledge sharing.
  • To advocate policies that advance ICT industry’s growth and development both within Grenada and the Region.
  • To provide a forum to allow for sharing of ICT expertise and clustering to allow local ICT firms to compete locally and regionally
  • Facilitating local and regional investment and trade in ICT products and services.
  • To strive to have a real impact on the ICT environment. It shall seek to strengthen the ICT Industry at large by promoting a level playing field and by voicing the concerns of the ICT community in forums where policies affecting industry interests are developed.

As part of the activities of our launch, we have launched our website at www.gita.gd. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about GITA, and to join the organization, there is an online registration form that we invite to complete as your first step to becoming a member of our association.  Membership is open to all persons involved or interested in the ICT industry, and there are several categories of membership. You will need to choose the one most applicable to you.

We are also announcing as part of our launch a logo completion.  This logo will become the official branding of GITA. and so We are appealing to all the creative talents out there to take part.  Full details can be found on our website (www.gita.gd), and entries can also be submitted via our email logo@gita.gd. The deadline for submission is April 30th, 2013, and the winner will receive a prize of products and services of a value of EC$1000.00.

In closing, I would just like to offer thanks, firstly to our Heavenly Father for providing the wisdom, guidance and blessings in the creation of the association; to our founding members who have worked long and hard and given up much of their time to getting the ground work done; to the Grenada Coalition of Service Industries for their guidance and encouragement in creating the association and being a major catalyst in the process towards its completion; to the GIDC for their gracious hospitality in hosting this press conference, and to the media for their coverage of this event and announcing us to Grenada and the world.

e ICT community in forums where policies affecting industry interests are developed.