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.


Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, (9th May, 2017) – The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) was the featured presenter at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Civil Society Presentation Event (re Internet Governance) at Frenches House in Kingstown on Tuesday 9th May 2017.  This event was convened by Vincentian civil society groups to sensitise the public in St. Vincent on the topic of Internet governance (IG) and build interest and capacity for Vincentians to contribute to IG work regionally and internationally.

As defined in 2005, Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

Also in 2005, the CTU and the CARICOM Secretariat established the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF), the first regional forum of its kind worldwide. The CIGF is an annual multi-stakeholder forum that brings together Caribbean views with the intention of harmonising positions and recommendations on technical, content, policy, cybersecurity, privacy and other matters related to the internet. In addition, since 2014, in order to enhance implementation of the work of the CIGF, the CTU has been spearheading its thrust for individual countries to establish their own national IG forums with multi-stakeholder groups. The CTU’s participation in this event is consistent with this thrust.

Mr. Nigel Cassimire, CTU Telecommunications Specialist, who delivered the feature address, on behalf of Secretary General Bernadette Lewis noted the breadth of scope of Internet governance which includes technical, legal, commercial, social and developmental issues, and emphasised the role of the multi-stakeholder community in IG. He stated, “There is a role for all stakeholders to work to increase the pool and global influence of regional practitioners in IG in the Caribbean.”

His address sought to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of the CTU’s role and efforts in regional IG, raise awareness of the St. Vincent public on IG issues, and to advance IG knowledge, expertise and practice in that country. He also urged the locals to make this event the start of a sustained national multi-stakeholder effort in IG.

The Civil Society Event was attended by over 30 persons from the Government, private sector and civil society stakeholder groups and was addressed by speakers from the SVG Government, private sector and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) as well as from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the CTU.

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PR-016.17- CTU Supports IG in St Vincent


The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting the development of the Caribbean information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. 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.


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