ICT Business & Innovation SYMPOSIUM 2012Regional ICT Policy Development – Catalyst for Social and Economic Transformation Hyatt Regency Hotel T&T - 19 November 2012 Towards a SMART Broadband Caribbean Community CANTO – IDB – Caribbean Governments Regenie Fräser Secretary General CANTO
CONTENTS• Vision & Mission• Connect the Caribbean• CANTO/IDB/Caribbean Governments Synergy• Broadband Forum November 2011, Miami• Outcomes• IDB Members Countries• Components of the Project• Launch Broadband Infrastructure and Public Awareness in the Caribbean Project
VISION AND MISSIONMembership• 119 Members comprising: operators, regulators, governments and suppliers, from 35 countries on 4 continentsMission To facilitate the development of ICT solutions for the benefit of members and other stakeholders in the CaribbeanVision• To be the leading authority in shaping information and communication in the Caribbean
Connect the Caribbean• CANTO’s Connect the Caribbean Initiative has been created in support of the International Telecommunications Union’s Connect the World theme.• CANTO members and regional leaders are determined that the Caribbean as a sub-region must achieve their collective ICT goals and not be lost in the initiatives for the wider Americas.• Broadband Infrastructure and Public Awareness in the Caribbean Project - Towards a SMART Broadband Caribbean Community
CANTO/IDB/Caribbean Governments Synergy• IDB objective – provide Latin America and the Caribbean with technical and other assistance to support accelerating the penetration and usage of broadband as a critical technology for innovation• Caribbean Governments Objectives - Design of National ICT Plans• CANTO objective – Accelerating Broadband Experience in the Caribbean – transforming the way we live - Towards a SMART Broadband Caribbean Community Synergy produced the CANTO/IDB/Caribbean Governments Broadband Forum in 2011
Broadband Forum November 2011, Miami• Create a dialogue on accelerating the penetration and usage of broadband as a critical technology for innovation and as a means to increase productivity, growth and social inclusion for the region• Seventy–five ICT experts and decision makers including Caribbean Government Ministers, regulators, representatives of regional organisations, operators, suppliers and civil society
Outcomes Broadband Forum• Creation of a document outlining the current state of broadband access/availability/coverage/penetration and recommendations on infrastructure requirements and regulatory policy, as informed by operators, regulators, governments, consumers and other stakeholders in the relevant IDB member countries• Development of strategies to facilitate the wider adoption and deployment of ICT and use of e-business/e-commerce across SMEs and large businesses in order to increase competitiveness, efficiency, productivity and the promotion of innovation in the countries involved.
Components1. Broadband diagnosis and infrastructure maps;2. Review of regulatory and institutional frameworks and current sector trends;3. ICT awareness and capacity building in the Caribbean; and4. Regional public policy recommendations for the design of national broadband strategies.
Launch Broadband Infrastructure and Public Awareness in the Caribbean Project• Invite all stakeholders to participate in this initiative of CANTO/IDB/Caribbean Governments to accelerate the broadband experience in the region and transform the way we live o Official Project Launch: Steering & Technical Committee Meetings o 5th – 7th February, 2013 o Hyatt Regency Hotel - Trinidad & Tobago Immediately following 29th AGM and Mini Expo of CANTO 4th-5th February 2012
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