LINKAGE Q2 (2022) - CHANGE IN ACTION
Four years ago, AMCHAM T&T hosted the first edition of the Tech Hub Islands Summit (THIS). The goal was to amplify the importance of digital transformation to our economy and to start laying the foundation for the development of a tech sector in Trinidad and Tobago as part of our nation’s diversification strategy.
In 2022, THIS returned to the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain with the theme “Change in Action”, which sought to highlight the impactful and inspiring stories of young disruptors and innovators who are at the forefront of the digital revolution while building on the success of digital adoption achieved so far within the private and public sectors.
For this issue of Linkage, we wanted to continue highlighting these stories so that we are building on the promise for which greater investments in technology can offer. “Change in Action” is really about channelling a new influx of creativity and innovation to show how technology can underpin a more fulfilling, productive, and profitable way of life.
There are some brilliant examples in this issue of how the creativity and innovation of people and companies are truly bringing about positive transformation that not only redound to their benefit, but are also pushing the envelope of what is possible.
We must keep moving forward to increase our knowledge so that we can grow and learn. Having the growth mindset for change is how we keep challenging ourselves to transform those dreams and make them into our reality—sooner rather than later.
Here's what I hope this reality looks like for each of us:
It is where we move beyond just talking about digital transformation and start seeing and living the examples of how digital transformation is positively altering our lives and improving our businesses.
It is where we are more innovative in our approaches to develop the fintech ecosystem, transition to a cashless society, and improve the ease of doing business.
It is one in which digital strategies are so operationalised and embedded that we are always attracting the best talent, clients, partners and investors to help reach our goals.
It is one where data is at the core, driving better and more effective decision-making, enhancing the customer experience, and where digital tools enable us to future-proof our businesses from disruptions.
It is one in which we are harnessing the opportunities technology provides so that Trinidad and Tobago is a real player in the global tech supply chain.
Ultimately, we need to stop talking and start doing.
Based on the feedback we received from THIS 2022, I know I am not the only person who shares this view. Currently, there is much amazing and trailblazing work happening around digital adoption in many different quarters. This work has the potential to transform our country and put us on a path of sustainable development, real progress and growth, where we are utilising technology to enhance our quality of life.
We can create the tech ecosystem if we have a plan and start acting, but at the same time, do not act in silos. So, let’s collaborate more on providing solutions with the assistance of technology and ensure that Trinidad and Tobago becomes the major Tech Hub in the region.
I firmly believe this is well within our strengths and capabilities. Hopefully, the articles in this issue of Linkage and the work being done by AMCHAM T&T will help inspire you to move beyond dreaming and to action as we make this digital agenda a reality.
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