Trinidadian winners of CARICOM Energy Month contests get prizes

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Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who won places in the CARICOM Energy Month Photography and Art  and Video competitions, received their prizes earlier this week.

The prizes were presented to the winners at a simple ceremony held at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago.

Candice Sobers and Seon Thompson, both of Trinidad and Tobago placed second, and third, respectively, in the Photo and Art Competition, and won US$2000 and US$1000, respectively. Guyanese Keron Bruce won the US$3000 first prize.

In the Amateur Category of the Photo and Art Competition, Donna Berment won first place, Debra Thomas, second and Nirvana Jones- Armour, third. The video competition winners were Fidel Iwueke, first place, and Camryn Bruno – who could not attend the ceremony – second place.

Nadia Mohammed, Project Officer, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, Seon Thompson (Third Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Debra Thomas (Second Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Donna Berment (First Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Nirvana Jones- Armour (Third Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Candice Sobers (Second Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Fidel Iwueke (First Place Winner, Video Competition), Anita Hankey, Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago
Nadia Mohammed, Project Officer, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat, Seon Thompson (Third Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Debra Thomas (Second Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Donna Berment (First Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Nirvana Jones- Armour (Third Place Winner, Amateur Category, Photo and Art Competition), Candice Sobers (Second Place Winner, Professional Category, Photo and Art Competition), Fidel Iwueke (First Place Winner, Video Competition), Anita Hankey, Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago

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CDB study recommends strategies to promote regional innovation and productivity

Timothy Antoine, Governor, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, making a point during the panel discussion on May 24, 2017. (Photo via CDB)
Timothy Antoine, Governor, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, making a point during the panel discussion on May 24, 2017. (Photo via CDB)

May 25, 2017, PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – If the Region is to enhance productivity and economic growth, new initiatives and strategies must be explored. A study by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), entitled “Enhancing Productivity and Growth in the Caribbean”, suggests ways of enhancing productivity and economic growth by focusing on four main areas: foreign direct investment (FDI); information and communications technology (ICT); research and development (R&D) and innovation; and the adoption of industrial clustering to promote innovation and productivity.

There is an urgency to find new ways of improving total factor productivity and propelling economic growth in the Caribbean, with the Region facing significant economic challenges associated with high levels of un- and under-employment and poverty; high fiscal deficits; high public debt; reliance on slow growing economic sectors; high levels of volatility; various economic and environmental threats; and the strain of maintaining adequate levels of foreign reserves,” said Dr. Justin Ram, Director of Economics, CDB.

Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, President, CDB, noted: “The study sets out a core set of productivity enhancement strategies which can propel economic growth onto a higher and more sustainable path, and improve the lives of ordinary Caribbean people over the medium to long term. The proposals set out in the study are intended to provide a practical set of policy measures to advance the growth agenda.”

Caribbean Development Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as and Associate Institution of CARICOM
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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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