Addressing the challenges of the Rapidly Evolving Telecommunications Landscape
A team from Grenada joined officials from across the Eastern Caribbean in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines from January 19 to 21 to attend a three-day training workshop on technology and telecommunications issues in the Eastern Caribbean.
The workshop drew participants from other islands including Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines and covered several weighty technology development issues, including broadband quality of service, consumer protection, Internet Exchange Points, and Internet neutrality.
The Grenadian team consisted of participants from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including Mr. John Gilchrist from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions, Ms from the consumer affairs department of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Eric Nurse the Acting Director of ICT within The Ministry of ICT, Mr. Milton Coy the president of the Consumer Affairs association and Ms. Alice Bain the CARCIP project coordinator for Grenada.
Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), was the main organiser of the high-level event.
Presenters brought greater understanding of issues related to open access in the telecommunications sector. Through this three-day workshop, ECTEL hopes to improve key regional players’ ability to manage and regulate of Internet traffic flows in the Eastern Caribbean.
The workshop was held in partnership with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, under the umbrella of the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP).
Funded by the International Development Association of the World Bank, the CARCIP helps governments and private sector to harmonise the development of critical telecommunications infrastructure in three participating Eastern Caribbean countries — Grenada, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
On March 25th 2015 the Business Incubation and Training Grants Manager, Dr.J.M. Shepard along with a group of employees from CARCIP toured the entire Island to explore the landscape and current state of small business on the island. During his tour, and other informal conversations that week, Dr.Shepard spoke to dozens of business owners to gain a better idea of the opportunities in areas such as Tourism, ICT, Farming, and training.
In May and June, CARCIP will be releasing the details of a Grant program that will enable individuals and current business owners funding to grow and develop ideas. This program that is sponsored by the World Bank will bring a great amount of opportunities to the people of Grenada.