CARICOM, Japan hold Joint Consultation in Georgetown

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Representatives of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Japan met at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana on Tuesday 14 March.

The two sides met for the 18th CARICOM-Japan Consultation which reviewed ongoing and planned development cooperation projects funded under the CARICOM-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Fund. The Consultation provided the opportunity for the CARICOM Member States to express their views on the cooperation arrangements and to make proposals for future areas of cooperation.

There was also an exchange of views on the progress of the wider relationship during which CARICOM expressed its appreciation to Japan for the support the Community had received.

At the brief opening ceremony, both sides lauded the fruitful diplomatic relations they enjoyed over the years. (more…)

Girls don’t code? In the Caribbean, they lead tech startups!

Talented Caribbean women who code (Photo via InfoDev)
Talented Caribbean women leading startups (Photo via InfoDev)

Research shows that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are still male-dominated fields. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2011 women occupied less than 25% of STEM jobs. Automation and advancements in technology seem to penalise women: the World Economic Forum estimates that per every 20 jobs lost to the fourth industrial revolution, women will only gain one new STEM job. For men, there will be a new STEM job for every four lost.

Luckily, a growing number of women is pursuing STEM careers, as developers, coders, or even tech entrepreneurs. The success of these women not only creates jobs and promotes economic growth; it also inspires more and more women to look beyond conventional career roles and take full advantage of the new opportunities offered by the digital revolution.

Last month, in the Caribbean, women entrepreneurs swept all five top places in the second PitchIt Caribbean Challenge, a mobile-tech startup competition organised by the Entrepreneurship Programme in the Caribbean (EPIC) and sponsored by the World Bank’s infoDev program and the government of Canada.

Read more at: InfoDev

** Note Article was first published in January, 2017

TT PM underscores importance of ICT to socio-economic development

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 6, CMC – The Regional Standardisation Forum for Bridging the Standardisation Gap (BSG) began here on Monday with Trinidad and Tobago underscoring the importance of the Information communication and technology (ICT) sector to the socio-economic development of the Caribbean.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, addressing the forum, the first to be held in Latin America and the Caribbean, said that regional leaders at their inter-sessional summit in Guyana last month had approved a draft roadmap for the Region’s single ICT space.

“This single ICT space will allow for harmonised policies, legislation, regulations and technical standards. We expect that this space will create affordable networks which are of tremendous benefit to Caribbean consumers and businesses.

“This is critical to accelerating the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and will be a driving force for social and economic development in the region,” Rowley told the forum that is being hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).

Via CMC

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Jamaica ahead of energy schedule

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (centre), officially launches the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Master’s Degree Programme at the University of Technology (UTech), yesterday (March 2) at the school’s Papine campus. Others (from left) are Charge d’Affaires at the German Embassy, Michael Dumke; Dean, Faculty of the Built Environment at UTech, Dr. Garfield Young; President of UTech, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD.; UTech’s Sustainable Energy Head, Dr. Ruth Potopsingh; Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Devon Gardner, and Representative from the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the Dominican Republic, Anya Shwerwin. (Photo via JIS)
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (centre), officially launches the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Master’s Degree Programme at the University of Technology (UTech), March 2, at the school’s Papine campus. Others (from left) are Charge d’Affaires at the German Embassy, Michael Dumke; Dean, Faculty of the Built Environment at UTech, Dr. Garfield Young; President of UTech, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, CD.; UTech’s Sustainable Energy Head, Dr. Ruth Potopsingh; Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Devon Gardner, and Representative from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the Dominican Republic, Anya Shwerwin. (Photo via JIS)

Jamaica is ahead of schedule in achieving 30 per cent of its energy consumption from renewable energy sources by the year 2030.

Speaking at the launch of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Master’s Programme at the University of Technology (UTech), yesterday (March 2), Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, pointed out that Jamaica is currently extracting more than 10 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.

“Last year, Jamaica had 13.5 per cent of its electricity to the grid (coming from renewable energy), and that was when we were not at full capacity, as a number of the facilities came on line in the middle of the year,” he noted.

The Minister further added that during this period, the country was actually generating 15.5 per cent of electricity from renewables.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

Regional Nursing Body meets – strengthening nursing exam high on agenda

The Regional Nursing Body is holding its annual interim meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, with the performance of the CXC managed Regional Examination for Nurse Registration (RENR) among the items on the agenda.

Deputy Chair of the Regional Nursing Body and Chief Nursing Officer in Barbados Dr. Wendy Sealy says the meeting had the opportunity to hear from the Registrar of CXC which has been managing the exam for the past three years.

CXC Registrar Mr. Glenroy Cumberbatch said he was able to point to some aspects of the performance of the exam that can be improved.

The Meeting which began on Monday is being attended by a wide cross section of Regional Health officials and representatives of several institutions including the CARICOM Secretariat, PAHO, University of Guyana, University of the West Indies and CXC.