Information and Communications Technology Policy has been recognised by governments globally as beng fundamental to addressing the world's most pressing challenges. For example, poverty (and jobs) are among the priorities identified by the Millennium Development Goals and ICT policy is regarded to have an underpinning role in tackling poverty etc.
I might have missed it.
But did ICT Policy appear once in Monday's Budget presentation?
It is out of ignorance, I submit, that ICT Policy is regarded by some, even those would should know better, as a back-burner to "more pressing issues" such as education, tourism and agriculture.
Rather, it seems to me that inherent in any failure to recognise the real value of ICT Policy is a lack of understanding of the subject. It's about jobs not computers, about more modern ways of delivering education, and yes it is also inextricably tied to tourism, agriculture and the hgh cost of living.
So did I miss the word and reference to ICT Policy in the Budget?
Publicly and privately it was raised with specific recommendations at the highest levels prior to the Budget presentation.
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