by H.E. Dr Margarita Cedeño de Fernández,
First Lady of the Dominican Republic
Laureate 2007 - For her outstanding personal contribution towards building an inclusive
and equitable global information society;
I feel honored and humbled to receive this important recognition for the
continued work that our Government has been doing, in particular on behalf of
the Office of the First Lady, in favor of universalizing the access, use and
management of ICTs as a key tool for the development of our nation.
Since the beginning of our administration - as First Lady of the Dominican
Republic - our commitment has been to promote a development that is human and
inclusive for Dominican families, which we implement by way of social and
educational strategies that allow for the empowerment of each family member so
that they may assume the responsibility for their own future well-being. These
strategies are strengthened through the effective use of ICTs as an efficient
and expeditious tool, which permits us to develop by transforming the lives of
For these reasons, we have focused on establishing Community Technology
Centers (CTC) in the pockets of poverty in the Dominican Republic, where we have
put ICTs at the hands of the most disadvantaged. Currently we are working in the
poorest municipalities and communities in our country.
Our goal is to build a Community Technology Center in each and every
municipality and village.
I would like you to join us in this journey towards development, were we
embark upon ICTs as a vehicle that will show us the CTCs at work. I invite you
to witness the development of the community of Pedro Sanchez, as well as the
rest of the Dominican Republic.