Imagine being able to renew your driver’s licence online, or better yet, being able to use the Internet to get your first driver’s permit.

Many who have gone through the Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, experience of driver’s permit certification would describe it as long, drawn-out and mentally tiring. Moving that process online would be big step in removing one of Trinidad and Tobago’s biggest bureaucratic headaches. And it’s just a start. Long lines at the bank at month-end could and probably would also be a thing of the past.

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Caribbean FutureScape, a meeting and exposition held by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) from April 29 to May 1, gave a push to efforts by Caribbean countries to digitally connect and transform the region. TSTT, the country’s largest and most advanced communications provider, stands poised to be at the heart of this transformation. T&T and other Caribbean countries are being spurred by the example of Estonia, a small former Soviet Union Baltic state, that has moved many of the functions of citizen/government interaction online.

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