Work moves apace to develop Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code

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A Regional Project Team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week.

The launch and the first face-to-face Working Meeting with the contracted consultant will be held 30-31 March, at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards. Nine Member States – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago – are represented on the RPT which consists of 19 Members.

The RPT is tasked with developing the REEBC, as well as its associated application documents and Minimum Energy Performance standards for buildings. To do so, the RPT will review the Minimum Energy Performance Standards for buildings as proposed by consultant, Solar Dynamics, in their final report of the consultancy on the Development of Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) for public and commercial buildings in CARICOM Member States. The team will also review the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in an effort to adapt it, where necessary, and present for acceptance and adoption by Member States as a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code. (more…)

Senior ICT officials meet to discuss work plan for Single ICT Space

ICT graphicThe Meeting of Senior Officials ahead of the Sixty-Eighth Special Ministerial session of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) – Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – will convene via video conference on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017.

The main issue for discussion is the Integrated Work Plan for the CARICOM Single ICT Space. Heads of Government granted approval of the Roadmap for the Single ICT Space at the Twenty-Eighth Inter-sessional Meeting in February 2017, and the Integrated Work Plan for the Single ICT Space is expected to be the next big step towards the harmonisation of the ICT sector within CARICOM.

The Integrated Work Plan will set out the activities that need to be completed for the development of the Single ICT Space. The activities of the work plan will focus on areas such as conducting gap analyses, public awareness, specific telecommunications issues, legal and regulatory reform cyber security, bringing technology to the people, resource mobilisation, as well as, forecasting for the CARICOM Digital Agenda 2025.

The Ministers of ICT will meet on 24 March, 2017, in Antigua and Barbuda to review the integrated work plan and provide their recommendations to the Heads of Government Meeting in July 2017.

Charter for Caribbean Public Services goes before regional Ministers for endorsement

Logo_CARICADThe Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) will seek endorsement of a Charter for Caribbean Public Services when it holds a regional Ministerial Symposium in Antigua and Barbuda, 9 – 10 March 2017.

The Charter was developed by CARICAD with the primary intention of promoting a unified conceptual approach to Public Sector Transformation in the Caribbean Community.

The Symposium is one of the activities under the project “Support for South-South Cooperation: CARICAD/CLAD Partnership – Building Bridges of Solidarity and Cooperation funded from the CARICOM/Spain Joint Fund for Technical Cooperation. 

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CARICAD – an Institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – is the Region’s focal point for transforming and modernizing public sectors of member states to better formulate and implement public policy towards the achievement of sound governance

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Sir K. Dwight Venner memoralised at ECCB Headquarters

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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 2ND, 2017 (PRESS SEC) — The late Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner, the second Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the longest-serving one, was honoured today, Thursday, 2 March, 2017, during a naming and unveiling ceremony at the Bank’s headquarters in St. Kitts.

The Phase 1 building, which was officially opened on 29 October, 1994, is now named in honour of Sir K. Dwight Venner who served as Governor from December 1989 to November 2015.  Sir Venner passed away in Saint Lucia on Thursday, 22 December, 2016, at the age of 70.

The late Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner’s widow, Lady Lynda Arnolde Winville Venner, and other family members attended this morning’s ceremony.  His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton GCMG, CVO, QC, JP was also in attendance.  Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, current ECCB Governor Mr. Timothy Antoine, and other representatives of the governing bodies of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank – namely its Monetary Council and Board of Directors – were present, too, along with members of the Bank’s Management and current and retired staff.

Speaking at the naming and unveiling ceremony, Ms. Zinga Venner, said that, “On behalf of my mom Lady Lynda Venner, all of my siblings and myself, I would like to thank the Monetary Council of the ECCB for showing such great appreciation and recognition for our father’s work through bestowing this honour of naming this building after him.  While he is not physically here with us today, he is with us in spirit.”

Ms. Zinga Venner divulged that, “Thankfully, he was also aware of this great acknowledgment before he transitioned to the next life, and he was very pleased and touched when he was updating us on this development.”  She added: “I can assure you that he is looking down at us at this very moment with a large smile.”   (more…)

Antigua and Barbuda to host CTU ICT Week and Symposium

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The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), will host the ICT Week and Symposium at the Sandals Grande Resort and Spa from 20-24 March, 2017.

The theme for the Symposium is ‘ICT: Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services’. CTU Secretary General, Ms. Bernadette Lewis explained that the purpose of the Week’s activities is “to raise awareness of the ICT revolution, the implications for policy, legislation and regulations and how they can be employed to transform existing operations; to foster social inclusion; provide ICT-based the challenges we face in the region and promote national and regional development”

The CTU said that the week’s activities include a Smart Caribbean Conference, 15th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar, 3rd Caribbean Stakeholders Meeting: Cyber security and Cyber Crime and  culminates with the Training Programme on Mobile Money for Financial Inclusion.

At the Smart Caribbean Conference, Huawei, the platinum sponsor for ICT Week, will present how new ICT such as cloud computing, virtualization, Big Data, Geographic Information System (GIS), the Internet of Things (IoT), and the ecosystem Software Development Kit (eSDK) can be used to create comprehensive, end-to-end Smart Caribbean solutions. Solutions include the safe city, smart city operations centres, one-stop government services, smart transportation and applications for healthcare, education and tourism. (more…)