Region cannot sit on sidelines of digital era, CARICOM ASG warns

Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat.
Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Assistant Secretary-General Trade and Economic Integration, Mr Joseph Cox, has warned the Community not to sit on the sidelines of the digital era.

“There is almost no option to sit on the sidelines in this new digital era.  Whatever is happening in the developed world will also happen in the developing world.  Our tourists for the most part come from developed countries and our current and potential investors as well.  Their expectations with regard to ICT, its usage for efficiency in business and leisure are not far-fetched”, Mr. Cox said.

He was at the time making brief remarks before the meeting of officials of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The meeting was held on 20 April, 2017, via videoconferencing that was anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat. (more…)

Senior ICT officials meet to discuss work plan for Single ICT Space

ICT graphicThe Meeting of Senior Officials ahead of the Sixty-Eighth Special Ministerial session of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) – Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – will convene via video conference on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017.

The main issue for discussion is the Integrated Work Plan for the CARICOM Single ICT Space. Heads of Government granted approval of the Roadmap for the Single ICT Space at the Twenty-Eighth Inter-sessional Meeting in February 2017, and the Integrated Work Plan for the Single ICT Space is expected to be the next big step towards the harmonisation of the ICT sector within CARICOM.

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 Ministers of ICT will meet on 24 March, 2017, in Antigua and Barbuda to review the integrated work plan and provide their recommendations to the Heads of Government Meeting in July 2017.

TT PM underscores importance of ICT to socio-economic development

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 6, CMC – The Regional Standardisation Forum for Bridging the Standardisation Gap (BSG) began here on Monday with Trinidad and Tobago underscoring the importance of the Information communication and technology (ICT) sector to the socio-economic development of the Caribbean.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, addressing the forum, the first to be held in Latin America and the Caribbean, said that regional leaders at their inter-sessional summit in Guyana last month had approved a draft roadmap for the Region’s single ICT space.

“This single ICT space will allow for harmonised policies, legislation, regulations and technical standards. We expect that this space will create affordable networks which are of tremendous benefit to Caribbean consumers and businesses.

“This is critical to accelerating the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and will be a driving force for social and economic development in the region,” Rowley told the forum that is being hosted by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).

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Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:

 

OECS taking steps to fully embrace digital economy

From R-L: Mr. Simon Alexander, Ambassador Patrick Antoine, Mr. Embert Charles, Dr. Didacus Jules, Hon. Melford Nicholas, Ms. Rhea Yaw Ching, Mr. Bennet Thomas and Mr. Bevil Wooding. (Photo via OECS)
From right: Mr. Simon Alexander, Ambassador Patrick Antoine, Mr. Embert Charles, Dr. Didacus Jules, Hon. Melford Nicholas, Ms. Rhea Yaw Ching, Mr. Bennet Thomas and Mr. Bevil Wooding. (Photo via OECS)

Friday, February 24, 2017 — OECS Member States are taking steps to fully embrace the digital economy. The OECS Commission has formed a special ICT Strategy Group to consider the region’s options for using technology more effectively to facilitate its integration agenda. The group is being chaired by the OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules.

The OECS ICT Strategy Group has been established to ensure that the region is positioned to take full advantage of the digital revolution by removing obstacles and creating new digital opportunities for people and businesses. The Group is comprised of government ministers, telecom regulators, ICT experts and senior policy makers and builds on work already underway in the Eastern Caribbean to address some of the barriers to greater adoption of technology-based services.

“The future prosperity of our region is hinged to how well we leverage information and communications technology to enable the seamless movement of people, goods and capital in the sub-region. The OECS has already made significant strides in this regard. However, there is still more to be done. We must now take steps to ensure our institutions and industries adapt, and that our citizens are able to make full use of the potential of digital services and goods.

Read more at: Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)