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Next CARICOM intersessional meeting to focus on ICT
Published on December 6, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have decided that information and communications technology (ICT) will be one of the major topics to be discussed at the upcoming intersessional meeting in February. This was disclosed by CARICOM secretary general, Irwin LaRocque, in a message to the opening ceremony of the 12th Caribbean ministerial strategic ICT seminar, hosted in Jamaica on Tuesday.

The ceremony marked the beginning of an ICT Week, which is being held from Monday December 2 – 6 by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in collaboration with the government of Jamaica.

The secretary general also outlined that there would be a special meeting led by the CARICOM lead head of government for ICT, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, on January 14, which would be preparatory for the heads of government discussions in February.

LaRocque also said that, during the recent national consultations for the Community strategic plan, ICT emerged as a priority area for the region in every member state. He said all governments of the region have identified ICT as a key pillar and enabler for their country’s socio-economic transformation and development.

“It would be terribly remiss of us if we do not daily, constantly seek ways in which to move ICT to the place of key enabler and catalyst for all we seek to accomplish as a region and as a people” LaRocque said.
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