The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) on Wednesday brought to a close its 2016 myAPP Summer Programme at the Petit Bordel Secondary School.

The programme, which ran for five weeks, saw Digicel SVG providing cash and other assistance to help make the programme a reality. The myAPP programme targeted youth ages 12 to 18 and saw a professional instructor sharing pertinent information to students on how to code and design applications using the Android platform.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Digicel’s Head of Mobile Operations, Dionne Emtage, said the telecommunications company is honoured to have partnered with the NTRC to ensure the successful hosting of the second annual Summer Coding and Application Development Initiative, known as the myAPP Programme.

Emtage said Digicel is also a reseller of Android products and the company was thrilled that if they were given the opportunity to be on board with the initiative, which is geared at equipping the nation’s youths with the technical skills and the know-how to maximise the offerings of the Android platform.

Emtage said the management of Digicel strongly believes that if the youth are provided with the right opportunities to create applications of a higher standard, the youth will be the driving force behind a new and competitive technological era in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The mobile operations manager said that while some may have viewed the programme as just another exercise to keep them occupied for the summer break, the information obtained over the past weeks can help to develop lifelong skills and serve as the foundation for a very lucrative and exciting career path.

She further challenged all 19 participants to head back to their classrooms, homes and/or communities and share the information with their colleagues and friends.

Emtage said Digicel will continue to strategically collaborate with entities, government organisations, NGOs and persons who develop initiatives and programmes focused on improving the quality of lives of Vincentians.