By Benjamin Flowers
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, handed over 25 new computers to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) and the Hydrology and Agriculture departments, to assist them in improving their productivity.
The ministry handed over the computers, a total value of $60,000, on Friday March 10, at the the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan. The ministry explained that the donation falls in line with one of many actions outlined in the country’s sustainable development framework.
“The state-of- the-art computer systems will contribute significantly to the SIB’s efforts to modernize its information technology (IT) system in support of the elaboration of the National Statistical System (NSS), as well as in the implementation of the Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy (GSDS),” the Ministry said.
The ministry added that the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided the funding for the computers, under the
Ministry’s Capacity Building for Strategic Planning and Management of Natural Resources in Belize project (CD 2).
Apart from the computers the ministry also handed over various pieces of equipment to the Agriculture and Hydrology departments, which were purchased through the project entitled “Japan – Caribbean Climate Change Partnership.
Diana Castillo-Trejo, deputy director for the SIB, said that the SIB had written a project proposal requesting the computers, to upgrade the Institutes information technology infrastructure. Trejo said that some of the computers have already been placed, and the others are expected to be installed within the week.