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…)

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:

Devastation brought out generosity, spirit of togetherness – CARICOM Chairman

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Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Rt Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada
Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. the Rt Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada

END OF YEAR MESSAGE

BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

DR. THE HONOURABLE KEITH MITCHELL

PRIME MINISTER OF GRENADA

There is no doubt that 2017 has been a most eventful year for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  We experienced a scale of multi-country devastation never before seen in the Region as two category five Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, raged through the Caribbean within two weeks.

The Governments and people of our Community immediately responded to assist their brothers and sisters with the generosity and spirit of togetherness which is our trademark. I therefore must pay tribute to those who so willingly extended a helping hand in the hour of need of our brothers and sisters in the stricken countries.

Even before the hurricane season was over, the resilient people that we are, we had begun to rally. We determined that we could use the rebuilding process to become the first climate resilient region in the world.  Recognising that we did not have the resources to achieve that goal on our own, we sought the assistance of the international community.

First, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), we organised the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, “Building a More Climate-Resilient Community,” which was held in November at the UN Headquarters in New York.  It brought together nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil society organisations and the private sector, and raised more than US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in loans and debt relief.

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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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President Granger heads to CARICOM Summit in Grenada

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President of Guyana and outgoing Chairman of CARICOM , His Excellency David Granger, will address the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which will be convened 4-6 July, 2017,in St. George’s Grenada. The Meeting will be held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell.

See more in this Department of Public Information, Guyana production: