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).

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Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:

 

CARDI to assist coconut processor groups in Guyana

(Photo via Kaieteur News)
(Photo via Kaieteur News)

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) is collaborating with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to host a two-day training workshop on group strengthening for processors working in Guyana’s coconut industry.

The training will specifically target small scale processors involved in the development of coconut-based value added products. Participants will be exposed to group strengthening activities such as trust and governance and will learn about marketing opportunities and financial management.

The overarching goal of the workshop is to strengthen small scale processor groups so as to increase their competitiveness ultimately leading to the development of an export oriented agri-processing sector.

Executive Director of CARDI, Barton Clarke, said that a similar workshop will be held in Suriname during March. There have been others in Belize, Jamaica, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Read more at: Kaieteur News

COMMUNIQUE – 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government

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Heads of Government and Heads of Delegation at the 28th CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting, Georgetown Guyana, 16-17 February 2017.

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH

INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF

GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

16–17 FEBRUARY 2017, GEORGETOWN, GUYANA

Extract:

REGIONAL SECURITY

“Heads of Government expressed grave concern at the level of crime in the Community and resolved to increase their efforts to curb the scourge, including greater focus on the social determinants of crime, especially among the youth.

 In that regard, they committed to ensure their Attorneys-General and Ministers responsible for Legal Affairs take action to finalise Agreements which are essential to the implementation of the Regional Crime and Security Agenda.

Heads of Government also committed to take full advantage of opportunities for capacity-building to address existing and emerging threats, including those related to Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, Crime Prevention and Drug Demand Reduction.”

Read the full Communique: COMMUNIQUE_28th_Inter-Sessional