Exploring SmartRoom Guyana – on the Journey to a Single Regional ICT Space

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With the vision of the Single Regional ICT space in mind, Staff at the CARICOM Secretariat on Thursday experienced a hands-on demonstration of SmartRoom Guyana, at Guyana’s National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).39767730451_d321ff5e7e_z

SmartRooms are the beginning of smart cities which have been cited as one of the desired outcomes of the Single ICT space, for which CARICOM Heads approved a roadmap last year. SmartRooms are becoming central to development agenda across the world and now occupy an important place in the corporate, national, and international research and development work and life.

Thursday’s demonstration was used as a sensitization exercise to share the functioning and opportunities provided by a SMARTRoom, brainstorm about resource mobilisation for other smart rooms across the region and examine the other uses and possibilities for the Secretariat which is embarking on an IT upgrade project in 2018, supported by the Government of India.24898025637_b2180c33b1_z

SMARTRoom Guyana is targeting the country’s Education Sector in the first instance, with links to Smart Classrooms aim at extending E-learning and developing students learning ability. The smart classrooms are the new generation educational product and represent a step towards the future of education.  This finds strong nexus with the CARICOM Human Resource Development Strategy (HRD) 2030 – approved last year by the CARICOM Heads of Government. (more…)

CARICOM and Georgia look to strengthen ties – new Georgian Ambassador accredited

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CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan welcomes new Ambassador of Georgia to CARICOM HE David Solomonia

The Republic of Georgia’s new Ambassador to CARICOM HE David Solomonia on Wednesday presented his credentials to CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan at the Secretariat’s Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Deputy Secretary-General noted that CARICOM is in the process of finalising a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation with Georgia, the purpose of which is to strengthen political, commercial, economic, environmental, technological, scientific, sport and cultural relations between the two parties.

She also indicated that Georgia’s Foreign Ministry has identified a number of areas in which CARICOM and Georgia can cooperate and which CARICOM may wish to see form the basis of regional cooperation, specifically law enforcement/security, culture, education, environmental protection and sport.

CARICOM formalised bilateral relations with Georgia on November 24 2014 with the accreditation of HE Mr. Otar Berdzenishvili. Prior to that accreditation, CARICOM had no formal bilateral relationship with Georgia and interaction was mainly in the context of the United Nations.

Single ICT space in focus at Prime Minsters’ summit

Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, and lead Head of Government for Science and Technology in CARICOM‘s Quasi Cabinet, on Tuesday 16 January delivered the keynote address at the Prime Ministers’ Forum in Antigua and Barbuda. The Forum is an initiative of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD).

Listen to this Grenada Government Information Service broadcast on the address: