CTU PRESS RELEASE
Castries, Saint Lucia (24th February 2017) – The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) hosted a regional Contract Management Workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for connectivity infrastructure, funded by the International Development Association of the World Bank, as a component of the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP). The workshop was held at the Coco Palm Resort, Castries, Saint Lucia, from 20th to 24th February 2017.
The PPP Contract Management Workshop was a resounding success, and is expected to build the capacity of the Contract Management and Procurement Teams in the CARCIP participating countries of Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, to support the implementation of regional connectivity infrastructure, and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to local project counterparts and ministry personnel in the participating Member States. Specifically, the key outcomes of the workshop were the building of institutional capacity for effecting PPP contracts and related negotiations, in addition to the managing, monitoring and evaluation of these contracts.
The workshop was opened to a multi-disciplined audience, targeting the relevant implementing Ministries of CARCIP. The general target audience included public officers with finance, legal, telecommunications, information and communications technologies, and procurement backgrounds. CTU Program Coordinator, Junior Mc Intyre, stated, “Strategic focus was also placed on developing capacity among the public officers to facilitate the transfer of the skills developed, to benefit broader knowledge areas of infrastructure development”.
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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).
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