The 15th annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF2019) organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is taking place from the 2nd to 3rd May 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Wrightson Road, Trinidad and Tobago.
However, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation and the 15th Anniversary of the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum with a week of ICT-related activities from 29th April to 3rd May 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Trinidad and Tobago. Included in the week’s activities are a Prime Ministerial Summit and a Ministerial Strategic ICT Seminar, are a Summit and a Ministerial Seminar, a workshop hosted by the International Telecommunication Union and a event called Caribbean FutureScape.
Caribbean FutureScape is a simulation of a confederation of 5 Caribbean countries whose governments have collaborated and cooperated to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to accelerate the social and economic development of their countries.
Its objectives, according to the Caribbean FutureScape Overview (PDF) document :
- To demonstrate the transformative potential of ICT in a futuristic Caribbean Single ICT Space.
- To demonstrate the possibilities for free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and rights of establishment in a Single Market and Economy.
- To comprehensively demonstrate the benefits of collaboration by Caribbean governments in establishing the Single ICT Space.
- To prove that competing ICT services providers can be mobilised to collaborate to build the ICT Space.
- To encourage Caribbean Prime Ministers to commit to 21stCentury Government and national and regional digital transformation.
Check out the Caribbean FutureScape event page for more details and to register for the event.
Background of Caribbean Internet Governance Forum
The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance (IG), initially focusing on the proceedings of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The forum has since met annually and has delivered significant and pioneering benefits to the region as well as to the global Internet community. Highlights of its work include formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework; the proliferation of Internet exchange points (IXPs); capacity building in IG Principles and best practices;and growth in Caribbean influence in international IG fora.