Introducing Project Proteus

In his own words, Commerce and Employment minister Kevin Stewart outlines his vision to make Guernsey a technologically advanced jurisdiction.

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In his own words, Commerce and Employment minister Kevin Stewart, pictured, outlines his vision to make Guernsey a technologically advanced jurisdiction.

‘Guernsey faces huge economic challenges brought about by events in 2008 and the subsequent pressure on tax and regulation.

Even if we keep most of our finance sector, those skills, specialisation and innovation it is my belief there will be less employment in that sector overall.

‘There is no dispute that we need low footprint, high-revenue industries and the creative and ICT sectors could deliver this and would have access to Global markets.

‘Ultrafast and resilient internet connectivity is just part of the solution – Guernsey needs to gain a reputation as a highly technologically advanced jurisdiction.

‘We need to be in the same league as Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Estonia. In short, be known for something other than a ‘tax haven’.

‘We have already fallen a long way behind in the last few years with our broadband speeds now benchmarking us at 138th in the world, in the same class as Greece, Mauritania and Bhutan.

‘We have no e-government policy and our States ICT capacity is woefully inadequate at present. It suffers from not only lack of capacity and past investment, but also a lack of vision and leadership. ‘This is evidenced by the difficulties encountered by SAP and also a significant part of Education’s IT problems are not just bandwidth, but also internal IT infrastructure.

Comments for: "Introducing Project Proteus"

masetorq

‘We have no e-government policy and our States ICT capacity is woefully inadequate at present. It suffers from not only lack of capacity and past investment, but also a lack of vision and leadership. This is evidenced by the difficulties encountered by SAP and also a significant part of Education’s IT problems are not just bandwidth, but also internal IT infrastructure.'

Ouch!

BadDonkey

Interesting name to use "Proteus"

Description as per Wiki.

Some who ascribe to him a specific domain call him the god of "elusive sea change," which suggests the constantly changing nature of the sea or the liquid quality of water in general. He can foretell the future, but, in a mytheme familiar to several cultures, will change his shape to avoid having to; he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proteus

MP

hmmm did Kevin choose the name Proteus?

"He can foretell the future, but, in a mytheme familiar to several cultures, will change his shape to avoid having to; he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. "

islander

Our States do lack in leadership through employing the wrong officers with no experience in IT.Pay them high salaries and what do you get? more consultation expenses.

Time to bring staff in from the private finance sector with experience in these fields.

Time our deputies had more say by asking questions within the civil service department.

A little help from the privately local sector may go a long way to the islands prosperity.

Tme to thin out the waste from the top.

Mr Smarty Pants

Wise words Islander.

Time to draft in 'expert' private sector help from C5 Alliance for example as their new Head of Operations is Mark Cooke who did so well when he was chief at HSSD. Oh, hang on...

islander

Mr Smarty Pants.OMG I eat my words.

I thought he was on extended garden leave and awaiting for his 5 year licence to expire.

markB

So are you saying the Finance industry has had it Kev?

BadDonkey

markB . What do you think ?

jamiec

I think Kevin Stewart should be applauded for 'telling it like it is'.

We must not forget that this all started with the States' sale (give-away) of their (our) telephone company. The only way out of this mess is brutal regulation and increased competition. In other words, a carrot and stick approach.

How else can we recover from the damage that was done? We were promised a 'world class service' at the time. In fact that was the main reason for 'selling'.

I don't know what capacity there is to the UK/ France or how much of that is used. I suspect that many of the problems lie there, with bottlenecks caused by operators not wishing to expose themselves to cost.

The lack of fibre and our reliance on older copper cables (some of them were laid in the 1920's in paper insulation/lead sheaths) is also a real problem.

But who wants to dig the streets up again? There should be a programme of forced renewal of cable infrastructure when a street is dug for other purposes.

Devil's Advocate

I've always said 'if the telecom companies are making so much money then why doesn't someone else put their own submarine cables in?' The simple fact is that bandwidth here is expensive because of the bit of water between us and the UK or europe, and that will never change! Add to that the revelation that Guernsey will always be an expensive place to do business due to economies of scale the idea is pretty much a non-starter. Even if the bandwidth was as cheap as the UK, IT businesses won't relocate/set up here because property and staff are expensive.

Perspective

This is hilarious! Just goes to prove that Kev really does not understand the problems that exist in Government!

The issues with SAP were not related to IT Infrastructure - they were caused by an extremely poorly managed project - resulting in pressure to 'go live' at all costs way before they should have without realising the implications and ongoing issues that would create.

If he really wants to understand the problems, then he should speak to the coal face staff and not the managers who paint a rosy picture and skew the facts in order to deflect attention away from the real goings on behind the scenes!

Island Wide Voting

‘We need to be in the same league as Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Estonia. In short, be known for something other than a ‘tax haven’.

Mr Stewart, in the name of joined up government please make sure that your colleagues at the Education Department are on the same page

They seem hell bent on relegating the league leaders in our schools system on the alter to the nebulous desire of 'equality'

PB FALLA

Kev for CM

Simon

That would be a great move.

This guy has no substance in him at all. Yes, he can highlight areas of concern and talk about where we're going wrong. Big wow! When asked for answers there are never any worthy of mention forthcoming.

Why is he a Minister?

What is he costing us suckers with all the additional benefits added on to his position?

We all know they mount up to considerable sums. Why are we so stupid to allow this excessive spending to continue without any fear of accountability for disclosure?

This is just not right. We have seen one ex Minister travel the world at our expense. Now we have another who is taking full advantage of everything he can dream up to live the life and get it paid for by people who are wrongly kept in the dark about everything.

How much have you cost us all so far in additional benefits then Kevin?

Can anybody explain what good he has achieved since taking his position? Project Proteus is hardly the winning formula we were all hoping it would turn into. It amounts to precious little at all actually. Am I the one who has missed some magic strokes somewhere down the line here? I hope others will fill me in.

This is just all so pathetic it's unbelievable.

John

He has stated absolutely nothing new whatsoever then. What is this Project Proteus if all it does is tell us what most of us already know? It does nothing to address any of the economic issues. This is much less than pathetic. It reminds me of being back at school with the dull kid of the class making up stories in order to garner some much desired attention.

This is not good enough, by a long shot, Kevin. Am I missing something from the above? I was expecting a grand plan, with targets to meet certain deadlines, in order for Guernsey to shine as a beacon of brilliance thanks to the majestic wisdom of DJ Kevin.

Project Proteus started out as something intriguing but is in actual fact much of nothing really. This fool is having a right laugh. Yet again. Does he honestly believe he can blag his way through politics so easily without being held to account? We can't be making do with a dreamer who thinks he can blag his way through a four year term whilst we are foolishly funding his embarrassments every step of the way. We need somebody who can deliver and walk the walk.

DJ Kev just talks the talk. He's not particularly good at that either. I see similar likenesses in him to Bernard Flouquet. Engaging mouth before brain being one.

I want to get back to how much his off island excursions cost us taxpayers once again? I will keep asking the same questions until satisfactory answers are forthcoming.

We all know cutbacks are being forced across many sectors. The sector where none of them are implemented is for the elected to enjoy the finest money can buy whilst everybody else is fooled into paying for it. This simply can't carry on like it clearly does.

Surely a reporter can put some direct questions to the chosen few who get to travel so frequently at our expense? It doesn't need to be anybody brave. Contrary to what Kevin Stewart claims in his deluded first ever post on here. Does it honestly take a brave person to speak with him over the telephone? I would say that's a definite no. He would try and have us believe we need to line up Chuck Norris if a face to face meeting is ever going to happen to obtain answers to the questions we all want to know about!

We are just an island of fools with how things currently stand. There is massive scope for corruption to be present throughout the whole system. Of course it would be almost impossible to prove because to even ask would be met with a response that answers nothing.

These are questions that would be freely answered in pretty much any other government the world over. The exception being highly corrupt locations where consequences would be dealt out to keep those enjoying the good life accustomed to it.

If he feels this is an adequate response to the all singing and dancing Project Proteus then he's a much bigger fool that even I credited him.

What are the costs involved with all these excursions then Kevin Stewart?

Well?

We want answers fast.

Simon

An introduction into something which we could all tell you about then Kevin. Where's the introduction to Project Proteus and what it will do for the economy? I feel as though I've been conned!

This unbelievable guy blurts out, what he considers to be, a fancy project name and gives nothing else other than highlighting a few facts that every man and his dog already knows as common knowledge.

Project Proteus is just a name given to failings in the economy which addresses nothing other than highlighting them then?

He has to do much better than this or he must go fast. How much are you costing all of us in your luxurious travel arrangements then Kevin?

What do you call those?

Project Privileges!

He's having a right laugh at all of us. There is little any of us can do until he has had his fill or FoI legislation is introduced. How can that be allowed to continue?

Prospero

Presumably this means that vanity projects such as enlargement of Admiral Park and Venice Beach can be forgotten now.

As for that large area of cleared land at the Salt Pans - could it not be used for a vinery or something useful ?