Caribbean ICT ministers meet in Grenada
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers with responsibility for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will meet in Grenada later this week to prepare recommendations for submission to regional leaders for the development of the sector.
Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, who has lead responsibility for ICT within the quasi CARICOM cabinet, will chair the January 17th meeting.
The 48th Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will be preceded by a two-day meeting of officials.
A statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that a presentation focusing on key growth and development objectives as identified by the Community will be made at the meeting. It said there would also be a presentation on possible elements of a Single CARICOM ICT Space.
“Such a space could use the resulting economies of scale to the region’s advantage, by developing an open and competitive CARICOM Business Market, stimulating growth in the ICT sector, boosting competitiveness across the CARICOM Single Market and Economy and promoting opportunities for research and innovation.”
The ministers will also discuss phase one of the draft implementation plan and the progress to date of the Regional Digital Development Strategy, which was approved by the Community Council in June 2011 and finalised in December 2011.
The CARICOM statement noted that the delegates would also be invited to discuss and identify opportunities for linking similar or related projects as well as discuss next steps with regard to obtaining financial and technical assistance for Regional ICT programmes.