Addressing the challenges of the Rapidly Evolving …

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.

Building Connectivity

The Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure program (CARCIP).
CARCIP seeks to increase access to regional broadband networks and advance the development of an ICT-enabled services industry in Grenada and the Caribbean Region.
The objective of CARCIP is expected to be achieved through: (a) targeted investments in ICT infrastructure that fills the gaps at the regional and domestic level, in partnership with the private sector and other development partners (b) creating an enabling environment that fosters competitive access to infrastructure and the creation of an IT/ITES and other applications industry, (c) enabling and supporting the creation of e-services, including e- and m-government services, and (d) strengthening of institutional capacity/arrangements to ensure effective program implementation and outcomes.