CANTO welcomes delegates at 33rd AGM in Curaçao
WILLEMSTAD - One of the Caribbean's best-kept secret is the location of CANTO's 33rd Annual General Meeting. The event is co-hosted by United Telecommunication Services and Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post and is being held at the Renaissance Resort & Casino, Curacao.
From the 29th -31st January, top executive telecommunication operators and suppliers from over 34 countries will focus on the theme: "Reimagining ICT as a Tool for National Growth and Development". Reimagining ICT is high on CANTO's agenda and focuses on ICT connectivity beyond the modernization of societies as a catalyst for real economic change.
CANTO commenced its meeting with an Opening Ceremony on Sunday 29th with a distinguished line up of officials. The speakers included the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Hon. Hensley Koeiman; Franklin Sluis, Managing Director of Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post; Paul de Geus, CEO of United Telecommunication and Services; Julian Wilkins, Chairman of CANTO; Rachel Cameron Director of CANTO and Teresa Wankin, Secretary General of CANTO.
Mrs. Wankin in her welcome remarks to the delegates pointed out that: '"This is the first time we have a member teaming up with a regulator to host the AGM which underscores that when it comes to collaborating on matters of common concern, our members always put the region first". She elaborated by advising the members of the importance of CANTO and its membership as CANTO provides a platform that gives the telecoms industry a voice on the issues facing the region.
Mr. Julian Wilkins strengthened the Secretary General's points by outlining the three (3) focal points of the organization's strategic objectives. Mr Wilkins stated that: "The Board is currently engaging external consultants to re-vamp our strategic direction and create a work plan that aims to develop three (3) main goals: Engage, Lead and Advocate. Wilkins further stated that: "We want to Engage with members' value proposition; We want to Lead and improve Governance; and we want to Advocate and increase CANTO's visibility and influence at all levels in the ICT arena". Those objectives will help CANTO Influence the innovation and development of ICT solutions for the benefit of members by developing, navigating and leveraging relationships with all stakeholders.
The ceremony ended with a Welcome and Networking Cocktail, where delegates were treated to the cuisine and culture of Curaçao.
The AGM continues on Monday with the 'Reimagining ICT as a Tool for National Growth and Development session and meetings of the eight (8) working committees of the Board.