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CDA official: Time to embrace new technology

OSCAR Camacho, Economic Development Analyst with the  Commonwealth Development Authority said it’s about time that the CNMI embrace the technology of the future.  

CDA, in collaboration with the  Marianas Young Professionals, or MYPros, hosted day 1 of the Early Adoption Technology conference on Thursday at Saipan World Resort.

The participants were public- and private-sector employees interested in new technology. The keynote speaker was Stephen Thompson, senior manager of artificial intelligence and academic relations for Amazon.

Thompson said he was impressed with the CNMI’s diversified community and workforce.

He discussed the benefits of having a technology industry on a small island.

Camacho said children nowadays are very smart and are very much into technology.

He said young professionals from the CNMI who are now in the states will return to Saipan if they know that there is something here that interests them.

Commonwealth Development Authority officials and staff with the  Marianas Young Professionals and guest speakers at the Early Adoption Technology conference at Saipan World Resort, Thursday.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaCommonwealth Development Authority officials and staff with the  Marianas Young Professionals and guest speakers at the Early Adoption Technology conference at Saipan World Resort, Thursday. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

“It’s all about building another industry in the CNNI that is widespread and has far-reaching effects. This thing is for our kids and for their future, regardless of who they are,” Camacho said.

“It’s time to take aggressive action and stop being laid back. It’s time to embrace this thing and create an industry that our children and younger generations love to do.”

Last year, CDA brought an expert from the U.S. to talk about robotics and  the possibility of a robot workforce.

Gerard van Gils, MYPros executive director, said they want to further educate students about technology and careers related to technology.

“We are looking at  technology to advance the CNMI  economy,” he added.

“Our organization has already sponsored a Million Dollar Scholarship program, and we’re going to help some of our Million Dollar scholars prepare for technology courses in college.”

On Wednesday, CDA and MYPros made brief presentations for the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation and the Saipan Chamber of Commerce regarding the technology conference.

The second and third days of the conference will be held at the American Memorial Park theater on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, starting at 10 a.m.