Ministers meet on moving Single ICT Space forward

FLASHBACK: CARICOM DeputyProgramme Manager, ICT4D, Ms. Jennifer Britton, and Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox at one of the preparatory meetings in March, 2017
FLASHBACK: CARICOM Deputy Programme Manager, ICT4D, Ms. Jennifer Britton, and Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox at one of the preparatory meetings in March, 2017

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) meet tomorrow, 19 May, 2017, as effort continue to move on the establishment of the CARICOM Single ICT Space.

The Ministers convene for the Sixty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on ICT via videoconferencing anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat.

Several preparatory meetings of officials were held to advance work on the Integrated Work Plan for the Single ICT Space, and the draft Terms of Reference for the CARICOM-US Joint Task Force.  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 Single ICT Space is conceptualised as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Region’s flagship programme. It encompasses the management of Regional information, human resources, legislation and infrastructure in the sector to elicit maximum benefit for the Region’s populace.

The Single ICT space and the Region’s Digital Agenda 2025 will be constructed on the foundation of the Regional Digital Development Strategy (RDDS) which was approved in 2013, and will also have inputs from the Commission on the Economy and the Post-2015 Agenda.

CARICOM Heads of Government approved the Road map for the Single ICT Space in February 2017.

Statement on World Telecommunications and Information Society Day 2017

telecoms dayToday, the CARICOM Secretariat joins with the rest of the world to observe World Telecommunication and Information Society (WTISD) Day 2017.  This year’s theme of “Big data for Big impact” finds synergy with many of the CARICOM region’s plans and ideals.

In the past months, CARICOM Heads of Government, conscious that ICT can play an unparalleled role in linking people across the region, communities, driving collaboration across all sectors and improving service delivery to the poorest of the poor –    have shared a larger vision for leveraging technology for development through the development of a Single ICT space and the approval of the Roadmap to guide this process. (more…)

CARICOM Secretariat moving to become Region’s model in energy efficiency

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is positioning itself to be a model in energy efficiency in the Region.

At a simple handing over ceremony on Tuesday, 2 May, of a piece of software to monitor and measure energy use in the Secretariat, CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan PhD., said that the efficiency that could be gained from use of the software would accelerate financial savings in the organisation. Smart use of energy could also lead to a change in attitudes, professionally and personally, she said.

The GRIDVIS software, presented by the Government of Germany through the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) through the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme, is compatible with equipment that the Programme handed over to the Secretariat last year. The equipment is being used to provide sub-metering to monitor the consumption of electricity by the major devices within the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters Building. The equipment also enables the collection of detailed temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide data, which is necessary for the monitoring of indoor air quality and comfort.

The equipment that was presented to the Secretariat in March 2016
FLASHBACK: The equipment that was presented to the Secretariat in March 2016

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Region needs to develop digital financial services sector – CTU President

Telecommunications Minister, Senator Darcy Boyce speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Week at the Crane Resort. (Photo by C.Henry via BGIS)
Senator Darcy Boyce, President, Caribbean Telecommunications Union  (Photo by C.Henry via BGIS)

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – “The ITU, UNECLAC, the CTU, the various bankers’ associations, the central bankers, the anti-money laundering regulators, the digital financial Services technology providers, the cyber security experts and the consumer protection officials need to see how we, as a region, can develop our regional DFS sector,” stated Hon. Darcy W. Boyce, the President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and Senator in the Office of the Prime Minister Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Invest Barbados.

Senator Boyce made a call for collaboration during the opening ceremony of the Digital Financial Services (DFS) Workshop, held in Port-of-Spain, 27-28 April, 2017.

The CTU President further gave the rationale for providing these services in the region: “Digital financial services, through the attributes of digital financial inclusion have significant potential to provide a range of affordable, convenient and secure banking services to the poor people, small and micro enterprises in the region.”

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Girls in ICT Day 2017

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Today is Girls in ICT Day. The day is being observed under the theme ‘Expand horizons, change attitudes’.
International Girls in ICT Day, celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year, is geared at creating a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider car​eers in the growing field of ICTs, and enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

We take a look back at the Girls in ICT Day activities of the CARICOM Secretariat over the past two years.