L to R: Stephen Spence, Consultant, Arkitechs; Junior Mc Intyre, CTU CARCIP Programme Coordinator; Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General, CTU; Selby Wilson, Telecommunications Strategist, CTU; Mauro Miyake, OCP/SMC Lead Caribbean, Microsoft; Rafael Suarez- Cloud Specialist, Microsoft; and Lisette Hernandez, Territory Channel Manager, Microsoft.
Front row, l-r: Nigel Cassimire, CTU Secretariat; Diana Francis, St. Kitts and Nevis; Hon. Vincent Byron Jr.; St. Kitts and Nevis; Bernadette Lewis, CTU Secretariat; Hon. Melford Nicholas, Antigua and Barbuda; Anthony McMaster, British Virgin Islands. Second row, l-r: Bevil Wooding, ARIN; Michelle Garcia, CTU Secretariat; Roxanne John, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Decima Corea, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Wendy Jap a Joe, Suriname; Amicia Mussenden, St. Kitts and Nevis; Valeenee Wasimin, Suriname; Sonia Culmer, The Bahamas; Darryl Jackson, Antigua and Barbuda; Imi Chitterman, Grenada. Third row, l-r: Trevor Prevatt, CTU Secretariat; Selby Wilson, CTU Secretariat; Stephen Bereaux, The Bahamas; Ophelia Blanchard, St. Kitts and Nevis; Vaughn Hazell, Anguilla; Vance Lewis, British Virgin Islands; Clifford Bostic, Barbados; Jeremy Hodge, British Virgin Islands; Bennette Thomas, Dominica; Williams Ijeh, ITU.
Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the CTU delivers Welcome Remarks at the 15th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic Seminar, which was part of the CTU’s ICT Week and Symposium, held in Antigua and Barbuda.

Ms. Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the CTU delivers Welcome Remarks at the 15th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic Seminar, which was part of the CTU’s ICT Week and Symposium, held in Antigua and Barbuda.


St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, (23rd March, 2017) – In keeping with the theme of ICT Week and Symposium Antigua and Barbuda; ICT – Driving 21st Century Intelligent Services, Hon. Melford Nicholas, Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology stated, “ICT has disrupted the financial order. Technology has a way of working around the established order. The Caribbean should not fear the disruptive nature of ICT – but embrace it.”

 Minister Melford was speaking at the 15th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic Seminar in Antigua and Barbuda. He made a strong call to the region to embrace the emerging technologies as the Caribbean is facing the reality of how cash will become a thing of the past. He further added, “We should open our minds to the possibility of the financial sector. We should find ourselves a new sitting place in the world order, and if we respond well, we would find ourselves in a position to exploit opportunities.”

These Seminars are designed to raise awareness of the emerging technologies, their implications for policy, legislation and regulations and their potential to foster national and regional development. It further explored new modes of providing secure financial services for all citizens, the use of cryptocurrencies, innovative ways of financing the region’s ICT-enabled development, and advancing the Caribbean’s participation in the information age.

 Ms. Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the CTU, made a strong call to policy makers to examine the potential impact of ICT on development. “ICT are cross-cutting, enabling tools. It is imperative therefore that policymakers from all sectors collectively examine the impact of ICT on the development of their respective sectors,” she said. The Seminar addressed various issues critical to the region such as ICT-Enabled Financial Solutions; Financing Options for ICT projects; Security matters and 21st Century Financial Services for all, presented by line-up of industry expert speakers.

 Caribbean Ministers of Government from Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and Saint Lucia, as well as senior officials from diverse sectors including ICT, Finance, National Security, Health and Education attended the Seminar as ICT is a crosscutting area that transcends various sectors.

 In the spirit of strengthening ties with regional stakeholders, the CTU and BITT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which provides the framework for collaboration, under which specific programmes, projects and activities in the field of ICT would be undertaken. One element of this MOU focuses on the promotion of financial inclusion by distributing Bitt’s Mobile Wallet application throughout the Caribbean in order to financially empower each smartphone user with the ability to conduct seamless digital transactions.

BITT, represented by its President, Oliver Gale, lauded the work of the CTU in promoting the use of new technologies in this region. He stated, “The CTU has carried themselves with the highest level of integrity and action in pursuing the ICT initiatives to provide a digital platform for the Caribbean region.”

Participants expressed that the stimulating sessions helped improve the understanding of the potential of ICT to transform the Financial Services sector, challenge Caribbean policy makers to make use of ICT to take charge of the Caribbean’s financial destiny, and encourage leaders in the Caribbean’s financial sector to embrace digital currencies and the new financial service models.


The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting the development of the Caribbean information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. Its Member States are: 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 and Trinidad and Tobago. Its non-Member States are: 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, and Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).

 For further information, please contact:

Michelle Garcia

Communications Specialist

Caribbean Telecommunications Union

E-mail: michelle.garcia@ctu.int

Website: http://www.ctu.int/

Tel: 1-868-628-0281, ext. 246

Fax: 1-868-622-6523