The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards is establishing a number of Technical Committee’s in order to establish national standards, and they began with ICT. ICT stakeholders met with officials from the Bureau and CROSQ – CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality – on Wednesday to estblish the Technical Committee for ICT.
Mr. Fulgence St. Prix of CROSQ gave some background for the need for standards.
“St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards is developing their standards infrastructure so that they can begin declaring national standards, and as part of that process, they need to have technical committees in place. Standards development is about the experts, they are the ones who develop the standards and not the staff of a bureau, and CROSQ is here to provide technical assistance to the St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards to have things in place.”
When asked, why ICT standards were important. Mr. St. Prix, stated that standards help improve competitiveness and grow an economy, and the National Bureau set about identifying priority areas.
“The management team at the bureau under took a proceess and identified some six sectors that they would being a process of standards development. These were identified from national priority development plan established in 2015 based on discussions with stakeholders and review of the budget address. ICT is a sector that government has shown priority in developing.”
We asked where St. Kitts and Nevis stood in this effort compared to our regional neighbours, and St. Prix said St. Kitts and Nevis is the first bureau to move on ICT.
As it pertains to other regional member states within CARICOM, others have identified ICT as a priority however, they have not really moved to develop National Standards in the ICT Sector. So we could say that the St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards is a pioneer in moving forward with developing standards, in that sector.
Antigua- Barbuda To Host ICT Week and Symposium
The rapid pace of innovation in information and communication technologies (ICT) is impacting every aspect of Caribbean life. There is a clarion call for the region to keep abreast with and understand the potential of these new and revolutionary technologies to overcome the challenges faced by the Caribbean and to drive economic growth.
It is imperative that Caribbean leaders consider the opportunities presented by the ICT revolution and adopt the technologies that can transform all sectors and promote social and economic development.
It’s against this backdrop, the government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), will host it’s ICT Week and Symposium on Monday 20th March 2017.
Bernadette Lewis, the Secretary General of the CTU noted that the theme for the Symposium is “ICT: Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services”. She explained the purpose of the Week’s activities as being “to raise awareness of the ICT revolution, the implications for policy, legislation and regulations and how they can be employed to transform existing operations; to foster social inclusion; provide ICT-based solutions to the challenges we face in the region and promote national and regional development.”
The week’s activities include a number of ICT events which include a Smart Caribbean Conference, 15th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar, 3rd Caribbean Stakeholders Meeting: Cyber security and Cyber Crime and culminates with the Training Programme on Mobile Money for Financial Inclusion.
CTU Presents Road Map For ICT Single Space
The Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Ms. Bernadette Lewis addressed the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on 17th February, 2017 in Guyana.
On the subject of the Vision and Roadmap for the CARICOM Single ICT Space, Ms. Lewis made a presentation on behalf of the CTU, the lead agency for the development of the document. She noted the contribution of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security,
the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network Agency, the CARICOM Secretariat and many other organisations and individuals from the public and private sectors and civil society, who were consulted in developing the Roadmap.
Having been asked by the CARICOM Head responsible for Science and Technology Hon Dr. Keith Mitchel Prime Minister of Grenada to present a high-level view of the Roadmap to the Conference, the Secretary General stated the vision for the CARICOM Single ICT Space as: an ICT-enabled borderless space that fosters economic, social and cultural integration for the betterment of Caribbean citizens. She defined it as an ecosystem of regionally harmonised ICT policies, legislation, regulations, technical standards, best practices, networks and services.
The Secretary General explained that the objective of the CARICOM Single ICT Space is to provide the ICT-enabled foundation for enhancing both CARICOM’s functional cooperation and fulfilling the social, cultural and economic imperatives of the region.