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Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife
Melinda have been invited to visit T&T.
The invitation was extended by Fazal Karim,
Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
following the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding between Microsoft T&T and
government for the youth in education and
entrepreneurship project YouthSpark. The sign-
ing took place at the technology giant s new
local headquarters at Mucurapo Road, St James,
on Wednesday evening.
Karim said a visit by Gates will make a sig-
nificant statement to the technology world, not
only in terms of the Microsoft s corporate social
responsibility, but about partnering with a devel-
oping country like T&T in research.
"I also think there are opportunities with
Microsoft and our educational institutions for
internships and the exchange of faculty and the
placement of faculty at our institutions. It is
my desire and my intention, as we build the
capacity of our young people, to move our soci-
ety from a resume driven society to a society
in which we create jobs," the minister said.
"We cannot stay dependent on simply sending
resumes and expecting that we are going to get
jobs. In fact, I want to tell you (that) in terms
of the Microsoft academies that we have around
the country---and we would have spoken in
terms of the concept of entrepreneurship which
is now being branded as techno-preneurship
in the world of technology---that we have to be
cautious against saturating the market with
what I call the graduate glut.
Karim added: "The graduate glut is simply,
in terms of the what the labour market says,
if we do not focus on where the jobs are, what
you are going to be doing is not only creating
the graduate glut and over saturating the market,
but you are going to create discouraged graduates,
many of whom upon completing a course of
study financed by you the taxpayers find it
extremely difficult to find a job."
He said the major objective of pursuing edu-
cation is for employment and it was for that
reason that his ministry s work force assessment
centres had a programme called Not in Edu-
cation, Employment and Training (NEET).
"Talentism for me is the new capitalism. You
just need to look and see what is happening
across the world. In fact, it is my view as well
that while we focus on market, what we need
to focus on as well is minds. While we focus
on growth and we call that easy growth, we
should also focus on smart growth," he said.
The YouthSpark programme serves as a
springboard, not just for employment, but to
develop entrepreneurship in the digital age.
Microsoft YouthSpark is global company that
is expected to create opportunities for 300
million young people worldwide over the next
Under the agreement with T&T, Microsoft
will provide access to software solutions at
State-operated academic institutions, as well
as training for educators and students in the
use of solutions.
As part of the deal, the company will include
and provide support for other development
programmes such as DreamSpark, BizSpark and
Imagine Cup, which help young students and
potential business creators gain access to tech-
nology to start a business with the aim of solving
Hernán Rincón, president of Microsoft Latin
America, said the company works with more
than 400 partners.
"For every dollar that Microsoft sells, those
partners receive $21 of activity around our soft-
ware and that type of system has an impact
here on the island. In our citizenship activities,
we have invested more than US$20 million in
the last ten years in T&T.
"We have trained almost 80,000 students in
the use of technology. We have done about
13,000 different courses here in T&T for those
students. We have funded eleven new entre-
preneurial activity, companies that use our soft-
ware for free so that they can grow and flourish.
So those are three examples of things that we
have done here in T&T that go significantly
beyond what we do as a business," he said
Government invites Bill Gates to T&T
Caribbean Airlines will soon be facing
increased competition on two of its more
lucrative routes. The Guyana government
this week announced that it had granted
permission to Jamaica-based airline, Fly
Jamaica Airways, operate out of Cheddi
Jagan International Airport.
Government spokesman Dr Roger
Luncheon said Cabinet gave the approval
on Tuesday for Fly Jamaica to service the
New York and Toronto routes from
Luncheon said the approval was granted
after standard evaluative procedures were
completed by the Guyana Civil Aviation
Authority (GCCA) and a recommendation
was made to Cabinet by Guyana s Trans-
port Minister Robeson Benn.
Fly Jamaica Airways is a partnership
between Guyanese-born chief executive
officer, Captain Paul Ronald Reece, and
Jamaican shareholders, including chief
operating officer, Captain Lloyd Tai and
the manager of In-Flight Services, Christine
The airline was incorporated in Jamaica
on September 7, 2011, and started with a
Boeing 757 aircraft.
Competition for CAL from Fly Jamaica
Hernán Rincón, president of Microsoft Latin America, left, and Fazal Karim, Minister of Tertiary
Education and Skills Training, sign a memorandum of understanding to implement the
Microsoft YouthSpark initiative to help young people develop their full potential by connecting
them with greater opportunities in education, employment and entrepreneurship. The signing
took place on Wednesday prior to the formal opening of the new Microsoft building at
Mucurapo Road, St James. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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