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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (20th February 2017) – The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), will be hosting its ICT Week and Symposium from 20th to 24th March 2017. Several activities relating to information and communication technologies (ICT) are scheduled to take place during that week including the Smart Caribbean Conference which will be held on 21st March.

This Conference, seeks to highlight the significant aspects of the revolution ICT, to discuss their potential role in Caribbean development, and to explain how they can be effectively applied to improve the quality of citizens’ lives. It further seeks to focus on the opportunities for building a Smart Caribbean by providing ICT solutions for the challenges in education, healthcare and national security and sensitise policy makers to the need for innovation in building a Smart Caribbean.

In a Smart Caribbean, government officials will be to interact directly with their communities and infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in them and how they are evolving. Through the use of sensors integrated with real-time monitoring systems, data are collected from citizens and devices, processed and analysed. The information gathered will provide the knowledge basis for developing applications.

Huawei, the platinum sponsor of ICT Week and Symposium, will present how new ICT such as cloud computing, virtualization, Big Data, Geographic Information System (GIS), the Internet of Things (IoT), and the ecosystem Software Development Kit (eSDK) can be used to create comprehensive, end-to-end Smart Caribbean solutions. These solutions provide a rich variety of intelligent applications to enhance community management, improve government services, and promote social and economic development. Solutions include the safe city, smart city operations centres, one-stop government services, smart transportation and applications for healthcare, education and tourism.

The CTU is extending an invitation to Ministers of Finance, Education, ICT/Telecommunications Health, National Security , representatives from Caribbean Government ICT and Telecommunications sectors, Central Bank Governors, ICT and Finance Stakeholders, Executive representatives of Regional inter-governmental organisations, Civil Society and Academia.

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PR 004.17 – Smart Caribbean


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



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

Fax: 1-868-622-6523