CARICOM, IBM teams discuss private sector cooperation on Single ICT Space

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Private sector cooperation and support are pivotal to the successful delivery of the CARICOM Single ICT space.

Against this background,staff members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat met with a team from International Business Machine (IBM) on Thursday, 2 November 2017, to discuss the Single ICT Space and other regional initiatives. The visiting team comprised Mr. Robin Ford, Business Development Executive, Caribbean Government Sector; Mr. Shaun Archer, Client Technical Leader, IBM Caribbean; Mr. Don Leahy, Cloud Portfolio Executive, Cloud Services, IBM Canada and Mr. Anil Singh, Authorised Client representative Guyana.

The Single ICT Space represents the digital arm of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is an ICT-enabled borderless space that fosters economic, social and cultural integration for the betterment of Caribbean citizens. It comprises regionally harmonised ICT policies, legislation, regulations, technical standards, best practices, networks and services.

IBM is a worldwide leading technology organisation and is the first regional service provider to meet with the CARICOM Secretariat to discuss issues related to opportunities for cooperation and corporate social responsibility in the development of the Single ICT Space. The CARICOM Secretariat has been emphasising partnerships as a critical component in the delivery of the goals as well as implementing the Single ICT Space Work Plan, with all stakeholders, including government, private sector, academia, and civil society, all citizens, as well as regional and international agencies. (more…)

 Happy World Development Information Day!

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat joins the world in celebrating World Development Information Day - a Day that was set aside by the United Nations for the world to be aware of the development problems that exist and to solve these problems by strengthening international cooperation.

The CARICOM Secretariat continues to foster its relationship with international organisations and recognises their contributions in the development of the Caribbean Community.

Dissemination of information is critical to bringing awareness to and with CARICOM. Traditional media has its role in sharing information. However, with the advancement of technology, there are a number of new methods or systems whereby information can be accessed and shared in an instant.

In this regard, the CARICOM Single ICT Space and other regional initiatives will provide more opportunities for international cooperation, as well as more avenues for access to and sharing of information across the Region. There are already a number of ways that the CARICOM Secretariat shares information to the Community including websites and social media sites. The ICT for Development Programme at the CARICOM Secretariat will continue to share information on the CARICOM Single ICT Space so that the public is aware of its role in the development of the Single ICT Space, and its benefits to each sector.

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Statistics integral to Single ICT Space

Caribbean Statistics Day is commemorated every year on 15 October. However, this year, the celebration will be held within the region on Friday, 13 October 2017, under the theme: Improving the Lives of People – Advancing the Action Plan for Statistics in CARICOM.

Through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and applications, the collection, interpretation and dissemination of national and regional data has improved in the CARICOM Region. In the development of the CARICOM Single ICT Space, ICT Statistics play a significant role in the environmental assessment to determine the gaps that exists in Member States. ICT statistics will also help to determine the overall success rate of the Single ICT Space through the use of monitoring tools.

The Secretariat joins with the rest of the Caribbean in celebrating Caribbean Statistics Day. We salute the Regional Statistics Programme at the CARICOM Secretariat and congratulate all the Statisticians in the Region, those who work in the National Statistics Office (NSO) and those who contribute in some way to the collection, verification and interpretation of data in the Member States.

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Regional education sector gets technological boost with launch of CXC Connect

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Did you know that CXC students can now access their examination results via mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets?

The education sector recently got this technological boost with the launch of a new App by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) called CXC Connect, which gives students, parents and teachers the ability to access CXC results as well as a host of other information via the click of a button on a mobile device. The app is being launched in four CARICOM Member States, namely, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana. The first launch event was held in Barbados. Check out the clip below for highlights from the event as well as an explanation of how you can access examination results using the App.

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App development critical to Single ICT Space – CARICOM official

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The development of applications such as the recently launched CXC Connect, is critical to the CARICOM Single ICT Space.

Speaking at the Guyana launch of the application on Monday, 31 July, 2017, Deputy Programme Manager ICT4D at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Ms. Jennifer Britton said that the Single ICT Space was one of the initiatives undertaken by the CARICOM Secretariat which linked strongly to the launch and utility of CXC Connect.

“The Single ICT space is a major transformational project for the CARICOM region.  It will provide and support the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  Apps which provide and use CARICOM content are of singular importance to the Single ICT space”, she said at the launch, which was held at the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen.

The App, the first mobile application of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) – a CARICOM Institution –  has a newsfeed which pulls content from CXC social media spaces with push notifications for specific messages. With the App, students, parents and teachers can use their mobile devices to check examination results which will be available in August. There is also a chat feature which appears in five discussion categories and connects users to a CXC agent. Other features of the App include a frequently asked questions library, new subject releases. CXC Connect is designed for Android and iOS devices, including mobile phones and tablets, and can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.

Alluding to emerging trends in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Ms. Britton said that is was evident that Apps were the “oxygen of the Internet and the Internet Economy.”
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