What is the Caribbean Telecommunications Union?

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting the development of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector across the region.

The CTU was formed in 1989 by CARICOM heads of government, who recognized the need for stimulating enhancement of the infrastructure and policy framework in regional telecommunications. In 2004, the CTU responded to the rapid merging of communications technology and information technology by expanding its mandate to become an ICT body. Membership was also expanded to include non-CARICOM states, the private sector and civil society, turning the CTU a multi-stakeholder organisation and the primary ICT policy development tool for the Caribbean.

What is the objective of the CTU?

The CTU aims to advance the ICT sector as a driver towards the goal of national and regional development through the following methods:

  • Proactive and responsive ICT policy development
  • Capacity-building through education and skills training
  • Project coordination at the regional level
  • Representation of the region’s ICT views on the international level

The CTU also promotes coordination of ICT at the regional level, identifies and removes roadblocks to ICT development, keeps track of industry progress and responds to the needs of the ICT sector, all with the aim of creating a cohesive regional approach to an ICT agenda which embraces the needs of all stakeholders. The CTU is committed to ICT development that reaches the citizens of the region, creating affordable access to ICT and helping citizens to use ICT effectively to transform their lives.

Who are the CTU’s State Members?

The CTU’s State Members include the following 20 countries:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Belize
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cuba
  • The Commonwealth of Dominica
  • Grenada
  • The Cooperative Republic of Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • St Martin
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Who are the CTU’s Non-State Members?

Our Non-State Members include the following private sector, civil society organisations:

  • American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
  • Bureau of Telecommunication and Post (Curacao)
  • Cable & Wireless Business (Jamaica)
  • Dauphin Telecom (Guadeloupe)
  • Digicel (Trinidad) Ltd.
  • Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
  • Gauss Research Laboratory
  • Inmarsat Inc.
  • International Amateur Radio Union – Region 2 (IARU-R2)
  • Internet Society (ISOC)
  • International Amateur Radio Union – Region 2 (IARU-R2)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC)
  • Microsoft (Trinidad and Tobago) Ltd.
  • Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board
  • Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

Who are the CTU’s partners?

The CTU partners with the following international organisations in various ways in order to fulfill its mission of national and regional ICT development:

  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)
  • COMNET Foundation
  • Congress WBN
  • Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL)
  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
  • Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Packet Clearing House (PCH)

What is the governance structure of the CTU?

General Conference of Ministers
Comprising of Member State ICT and Telecommunications Ministers, this is the CTU’s highest decision-making body.

Executive Council
Comprising of Member State Permanent Secretaries and Technical officers, the Executive Council formulates and implements the CTU’s plans.

Technical Conference
Comprising of Member State expert representatives, this body considers ICT issues.

Secretariat
Comprising of the Secretary General and staff, the Secretariat is the CTU’s principal administrative body and executes the decisions of the General Conference.

How does an organisation join the CTU?

CTU membership is open to any Caribbean country, as well as any civil society or private sector organisation interested in contributing to and benefiting from the Union’s development of modern regional ICT policies, skills-building programmes, project coordination and international representation.

Any eligible country or organisation may submit a membership application to the CTU Secretariat for consideration by a committee comprising of the President, Chairman of the Executive Council and the Secretary General. Results will be communicated within 21 days of receipt of the application.