Published On: Tue, Feb 3rd, 2015

ICT sector fundamental to CARICOM’s growth, development – SG tells CTU conference

InternetGEORGETOWN, Guyana - Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday underscored the critical role that the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) had to play in the integration architecture.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the CTU's 25th anniversary ICT week, at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad and Tobago, the Secretary-General pointed out that ICT was a "crucial element in not only resolving our present challenges, but also in building the platform for our growth and development". "The CTU, therefore, has a critical role to play in the integration architecture”.

The Secretary-General called  attention to the five-year  Caribbean Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019, approved by Heads of Government last July, which identifies   the creation of  a single ICT space as a  high priority for the technological resilience of the Community.   He noted that to fulfill its objectives, “there will have to be an adjustment in the Community’s methods of operation”.

Ambassador LaRocque emphasized that such adjustment called for increased coordination and collaboration among Member States, Institutions and the CARICOM Secretariat. “Working together with Member States and partner institutions, there is an opportunity to make a difference and substantially improve the lives of the people of the Community," he stated.

In reiterating the Region’s confidence in the CTU’s ability to deliver, Ambassador LaRocque  commended the institution for its achievements. These included harmonized regional ICT policies and legislation, coordinated regional positions on telecoms in the global arena, spectrum management policy reform; a framework for regional internet governance and minimum network speed for entry level broadband.

The Secretary-General indicated that he looked  forward to the development of the roadmap for the Single ICT Space.

Dr. Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Lead Head of Government with responsibility for Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet, and  Hon Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining of Jamaica and President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, also addressed the opening ceremony.

The CTU was established in 1989 by CARICOM Heads of Government and designated an institution of the Community under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. This 25thanniversary of ICT week is being held under the theme “Celebrating our Past; Committing to our Future”.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the CTU's 25th anniversary ICT week, in Trinidad and Tobago,  on Monday, 2 February, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque  pointed out that ICT was a "crucial element in not only resolving our present challenges, but also in building the platform for our growth and development". "The CTU, therefore, has a critical role to play in the integration architecture”.

The Secretary-General called  attention to the five-year  Caribbean Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019, approved by Heads of Government last July, which identifies   the creation of  single ICT space as a  high priority for the technological resilience of the Community.  “This is a plan for the Community”, he said, adding “that to fulfill [its] objectives, there will have to be an adjustment in the Community’s methods of operation”.

Ambassador LaRocque noted that such adjustment called for increased coordination and collaboration among Member States, Institutions and the CARICOM Secretariat. “Working together with Member States and partner institutions, there is an opportunity to make a difference and substantially improve the lives of the people of the Community," he stated.

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