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Tuesday, 26.05.2020
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CARICOM: Caribbean Community

  • Caribbean countries: St. Maarten ICT Week Tackles Development Issues

    6th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum is themed "Designing a Caribbean information society"

    The Government of St. Maarten in association with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) launched the St Maarten ICT Week on Sunday 15th August with a grand Opening Ceremony where speakers emphasized how fundamentally the world has changed as a result of the rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT).

    The first activity of St Maarten’s ICT week, the 6th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum has as its theme: Designing a Caribbean information society. The theme was chosen in response to the recognition by Caribbean governments that competitive advantage must be built on the basis of knowledge and the effective use of information and communication technologies as enablers for social and economic development.

  • Caribbean governments commit to establishing 21st Century Governments

    Heads of Government and their representatives attending the 21st Century Government Summit endorsed and expressed their commitment to establishing 21st Century Government in their respective countries.

    The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, in collaboration with the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), hosted a Summit to present to regional Heads of Government the principles of 21st Century Government, the goal of which is to accelerate government and public service transformation and thereby strengthen economic competitiveness and promote sustainable development.

  • Caribbean leading world in biometrics

    Colin McGeachy, a biometrics specialist with a Canadian firm, said the Caribbean is the region of the world with the most complete biometric passport system while speaking at a recent biometrics event in London.

    The multi-national system is active in Caricom countries, a collection of nations that began sharing border control responsibilities in 1972.

  • Caribbean Region lagging in data usage

    Data is rapidly overtaking voice in global consumer usage, and global mobile data traffic doubled between 2011 and 2012. What is driving this demand, according to legal and regulatory consultant at the Ministry of Science and Technology Lisa Agard, is the proliferation of smart devices. “We are no longer accepting as consumers of having a device that only delivers voice services or that has limited features,” said Agard, speaking at the Caribbean ICT ministers’ forum, held at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

    “We want to have full data and video capabilities on all our devices wherever we are.” In Japan, she said, 50 per cent of the average revenue per user (ARPU) is derived from mobile data, as compared to a low five per cent for the Caribbean region. This disparity presents both an opportunity and a challenge for regulators and governments in the region to make efforts to grow that demand.

  • Caribbean Region: Board of Directors meets as CARICAD nears milestone

    The Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) will hold the twenty-ninth Meeting of its Board of Directors in Guyana July 7-9, 2009. CARICAD is a CARICOM institution, located in Barbados, and was established by the CARICOM Heads of Government in 1979. It is the region’s focal point for public sector transformation.

    In addition to its routine review of the work of the institution, the Board of Directors will pay particular attention to progress in a range of areas. Foremost among them is the harmonization of administrative arrangements for the implementation of the CSME, the development of a regional strategy for e-Governance and the introduction of a regional public service awards scheme. The Award Scheme will be closely tied to a programme of celebration to mark CARICAD’s thirtieth anniversary.

  • Caribbean Region: CARICAD eGovernment Strategic Planning Groups meet

    CARICAD (Caribbean Centre for Development Administration) is in its third phase of upgrading the eGoverment Strategic plan. The purposes of CARICARD are to give governments across the Caribbean region intra-links to immediate exposure of current events, along with the ability to identify the preparedness of governmental apparatuses in relating to the needs of their general public.

  • Caribbean Region: Government Going E

    Governments across the Caribbean are going E - and by “E” we mean electronic. That is why administrators from 9 CARICOM countries are in Belize this week formulating a policy for the effective implementation of regional e-government and information communications technology. It is facilitated by the Caribbean Center for Development Administration – CARICAD – and Belize’s Ministry of the Public Service. They told us how going “E” can revolutionize the way government does business – from applying for birth papers and passports online – and paying your income tax – at the touch of a mouse.

  • Caribbean Region: Manning: Investing in ICT way for region to go

    Investing in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is "one important way" for Caribbean countries struggling to deal with ongoing international financial crisis to succeed in these difficult economic times says Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

    "There is certainly a need if not to reinvent the economies of the Caribbean, to at least think differently on how to proceed," Manning said on Tuesday night while delivering the feature address at the 20th Anniversary Gala of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's.

  • Caribbean Region: Promoting e-government

    While e-government is being pushed as the way to go, countries are being reminded that it is not a substitute for i-Government (inefficient Government).

    The warning has come from Jonas Rabinovitch, Senior Adviser, UNDESA, as he delivered remarks at the start of the second strategic planning meeting for the 2009-2012 Caribbean e-Government Strategy in the conference room of the Caribbean Development Bank yesterday morning.

  • Caribbean Region: Public service critical to integration

    Caricom Secretary-General Edwin Carrington says the public service is critical to advancing regional integration arrangements, in his address at the Caribbean Centre of Development Administration (CARICAD) meeting last Wednesday.

    “The public service must be made aware of their integral role in advancing the objectives and implementing the decisions of the Caribbean Community,” Carrington told the 29th CARICAD Board meeting held at the Caricom Secretariat. In a press release Caricom said CARICAD focuses through various interventions, on upgrading and strengthening the managerial capability of the public sector for the more effective implementation of public policy across the Region.

  • Caribbean Region: Public service critical to regional intergration, says CARICOM Secretary General

    “The public service must be made aware of their integral role in advancing the objectives and implementing the decisions of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM),” said Edwin Carrington, CARICOM Secretary-General.

    He was at the time addressing the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD). They met at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana, on Wednesday July 8, 2009 on the occasion of their twenty-ninth meeting.

  • Caribbean: Regional governments have critical role in ICT growth, says Jamaican minister

    Governments in the region have a critical role to play in providing an appropriate environment for the development and growth of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, says Jamaican Minster of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Michael Stern.

    "This is particularly important at this time when governments throughout the Caribbean are increasingly recognising the significant benefits of broadband to our business communities, and economies," Stern said.

  • Caricom group to mull regional ICT strategy

    Ministers Responsible for Information and Communication Technology in CARICOM are slated to focus on measures to accelerate the development of ICT in the Caribbean Community, including a draft five-year regional ICT strategy, when they meet at the Thirty-Fourth Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on May 28 in St. George’s, Grenada.

    They will also review progress reports on ICT development as CARICOM pushes to meet this aspect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a press release from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, said.

  • CARICOM Ministers to Discuss Regional ICT Strategies

    CARICOM ministers and officials around the region with responsibility for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are scheduled to meet in St. Georges, Grenada on Friday, May 27.

    Among the goals for the gathering are to discuss and approve the draft Regional Digital Development Strategy (RDDS) and the strategic objectives of the Implementation Plan.

    The CARICOM Secretariat has spearheaded the formation of the plan in order to guide the ICT activities and initiatives in the region, and to utilize ICT as a critical development tool.

  • CARICOM secretariat focuses on ICT4D

    During the period 18-22 May 2009, Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) will be in the spotlight as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat hosts a series of meetings, a symposium and a children’s festival on this important issue.

    The meetings start the day following World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) which is marked on 17 May. This year the Prime Minister of Grenada, Tillman Thomas will deliver a message to be broadcasted across the Region on this year’s theme `Protecting Children in Cyberspace’. The Prime Minister has responsibility for Science and Technology including ICT in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.

  • CARICOM Secretariat Launches CARIB-IS Portal

    An online information gateway that would add momentum to efforts geared towards the creation of a Regional Information Society was launched on Wednesday November 17 at the Fifth Meeting of the Regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Steering Committee, in St. Michael, Barbados.

    The Caribbean Information Society (CARIB-IS) Portal was implemented by the Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Programme of the CARICOM Secretariat. The project was supported by the European Union under the Ninth European Development Fund to benefit all the CARIFORUM Member States.

  • CARICOM to Plan Digital Development Strategy

    Senior officials responsible for Information and Communication Technologies in the Caribbean will meet in Grenada tomorrow and Friday to put the finishing touches to a draft plan for the Regional Digital Development Strategy (RDDS).

    A release from the Caribbean Community Secretariat (Caricom) explained that a strategy is required to develop the framework for a Regional Broadband Policy, which is viewed as critical for advancing the Caricom Single Market and Economy and facilitating regional development.

  • CARICOM: Caribbean ICT collaboration forum discusses elimination of roaming charges

    The third Caribbean ICT Collaboration Forum, held on March 21, was convened to consider the reports of the collaboration working groups on connectivity, convergence and consumer issues. These areas are important elements for the CARICOM Single ICT Space, the enabling digital layer for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, which would provide opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.

    The Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s (CTU) telecommunications strategist, Selby Wilson, provided an overview of the objective of the forum, noting that the Port of Spain Declaration on Collaboration for Caribbean ICT Development came out of the second collaboration forum held in Port of Spain in December 2016.

  • Caricom: e-Government crucial to development

    More democratic and transparent governance can become a reality in the region if e-Governments are implemented in a planned and strategic manner.

    That is according to senior project officer for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development at CARICOM, Jennifer Britton, as she delivered the welcome at the 2009-2012 Caribbean e-Government Strategy Planning meeting yesterday morning held at the Caribbean Development Bank Wildey, St. Michael.

  • Caricom: Factors that adversely affect e-Government Development

    Last time a review of the government websites of Caricom countries was done to determine the facilities available on these sites and to get an indication of the level of e-government development of these countries. It was seen that most of these websites contained information about various government policies and services, news on current government initiatives and the like. Regrettably, there was little progress towards the more advanced stages of e-government where services are actually being delivered electronically. There may be several reasons for the slow progress and some of these reasons are examined below.

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