NEW YORK: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, has lauded the second annual South-South Awards, held last weekend under the theme “E-Government and Sustainable Tourism”, as a resounding success.
The awards, co-hosted by Spencer, were held in recognition of the widespread innovative and entrepreneurial use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by governments, organizations and individuals as a tool for E-Government and sustainable tourism. In addition, the awards recognize progress towards – and celebrate success in – furthering South-South and Triangular Cooperation and the strategic use of technology and innovation.
While delivering the welcome address at the awards ceremony, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, Spencer stressed the importance of ICTs in Antigua and Barbuda.
“In the case of my own country, Antigua and Barbuda, my government’s ICT policy is designed to upgrade the intellectual capital of our twin-island nation and to build an open and pluralistic society, one in which all citizens and residents have access to information and knowledge, he said.
During the event, Spencer presented Global Governance Leadership Awards to President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; President of Zambia, Michael Chilufya Sata; Prime Minister of Losotho, Thomas Thabane, Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Spencer also presented the E-Government Development Award to President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.