OECS part­ners with CTU to pro­mote ICT-De­vel­op­ment in Eastern Caribbean

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

An agree­ment be­tween the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (CTU) prom­ises to deepen col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the in­sti­tu­tions in lever­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy to sup­port de­vel­op­ment in the sub-re­gion.

Speak­ing at the sign­ing cer­e­mony in Tortola, Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands on Septem­ber 30, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both or­ga­ni­za­tions ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the for­mal­iza­tion of their col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship would re­dound to the ben­e­fit of their mem­ber states.

“This agree­ment will al­low us to con­verge our ef­forts and ex­per­tise and mul­ti­ply the out­put of our shared ob­jec­tives,” said Dr. Di­da­cus Jules, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the OECS Com­mis­sion.

“The CTU has an un­ri­valed track record as an ac­tion-ori­ented or­ga­ni­za­tion and as the re­gion's premier telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions body. We are look­ing for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing more closely with them to de­velop strate­gies and prac­ti­cal ini­tia­tives to pro­mote the in­ter­est and ad­vance­ment of OECS mem­ber states through the ef­fec­tive use of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies,” Jules added.

Nigel Cas­simire, speak­ing on be­half of the CTU Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Ber­nadette Lewis, stated: “The CTU has a long history of sup­port­ing the sub-re­gion in ar­eas that in­clude telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions pol­icy for­mu­la­tion, spec­trum man­age­ment, in­ter­net ex­change point pro­lif­er­a­tion, tech­ni­cal ca­pac­ity build­ing and public ed­u­ca­tion on the de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties ICT presents. We fully ex­pect our work in the sub-re­gion to be strength­ened by this agree­ment.”

The OECS is an in­ter­na­tional treaty or­gan­i­sa­tion whose mem­ber­ship com­prises An­tigua and Bar­buda, Com­mon­wealth of Do­minica, Gre­nada, Montser­rat, St Kitts and Ne­vis, St Lu­cia, and St Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines. An­guilla, the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands and Mar­tinique are as­so­ciate mem­bers of the OECS.

The CTU is an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, es­tab­lished by Caribbean Com­mu­nity (CARICOM) Heads, with a man­date to fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment and the for­mu­la­tion of poli­cies for the re­gion's in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies (ICT) sec­tor. It has twenty re­gional state mem­bers, in­clud­ing all the OECS coun­tries, as well as pri­vate sec­tor and civil so­ci­ety mem­bers.

Dr. Di­da­cus Jules, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the OECS Com­mis­sion (left), with Nigel Cas­simire, act­ing Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Caribbean Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union, at the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the OECS and the

CTU in Tortola, BVI on Septem­ber 30, 2015.

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