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Vision and Roadmap for a CARICOM Single ICT Space

Posted in: Documents | 18 April 2017

This Roadmap for the CARICOM Single ICT Space was approved at the Twenty-Eighth (28th) Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  on 16 February 2017  in Georgetown, Guyana.

This document collates the views of Heads of Government and other stakeholders on the importance of a CARICOM Single ICT Space, elaborates a vision for an ICT-enabled borderless space and outlines a Roadmap for its establishment. The document draws from two 2014 white papers on the subject prepared by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) as well as deliberations of recent regional fora, such as the Commonwealth Secretariat/CTU Caribbean Stakeholders’ Meeting (2014), specific sessions in the CTU’s 25thAnniversary Conference (2015) and CTU Consultations on the CARICOM Single ICT Space (2015). It was further refined through meetings and collaboration among the CARICOM’s ICT Cluster of agencies, namely, the CTU - the lead agency, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network Agency (CKLNA), Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the CARICOM Secretariat.

It is important to note that while this document expressly addresses priorities (a) and (i) identified by the Heads, noted above, it was recognised that certain aspects of the other priorities are integral to successfully implementing the CARICOM Single ICT Space, e.g. Cyber Security and users’ capacity building. Hence, the Roadmap of necessity addresses those elements of the other priorities but a comprehensive study of the other priorities is still required.