What is the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP)?

The Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP) is a project initiated by the World Bank and coordinated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU). CARCIP is designed to bridge the gaps in the region’s Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) infrastructure with the aim of fostering development, improving public service efficiency and enabling ICT innovation in its participating countries, which currently include St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Grenada.

What is the objective of CARCIP?

CARCIP enhances networks and services among Government institutions, promotes small and medium enterprises to generate wealth and develops the skill sets of ICT professionals. The programme’s overarching goal is to encourage key stakeholders (which include citizens, government agencies, private agencies, telecommunications service providers, regulators, policy makers, ministers, and sponsors) to get involved in ICT in a productive manner, thereby improving economic development.

To that end, CARCIP has partnered with Packet Clearing House and CaribNOG to conduct workshops in participating countries.

How does CARCIP fulfill its mandate?

CARCIP fulfills its mandate through the following components in two phases:

  • Regional Connectivity (Phase One) – Identifying the gaps in physical ICT infrastructure, including submarine cables, government networks and broadband infrastructure within the participating countries.
  • ICT Layered Innovation (Phase One) – Stimulating the economies of participating countries through support of micro-businesses, developing the skill sets of ICT professionals through a certification and accreditation programme and developing businesses driven by ICT.
  • Project Implementation Support (Phase One) – Developing an ICT sector through initiatives occurring at the national and regional levels with regional responsibilities as follows:
    (1) CTU – regional coordination to ensure that all participating countries are benefiting from CARCIP initiatives.
    (2) Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) – development of legal and regulatory safeguards for open access with a focus on telecommunications service providers.
    (3) Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network Agency (CKLNA) – encouragement of research and education in CARCIP participating countries through connection to National Research and Educational Networks (NRENS).
  • e-Transformation – (Phase Two) creating an online platform for a wide range of government services.

How is this project funded?

The International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank provided the CTU with a grant of US$3 million to fund the regional CARCIP program. The participating countries separately negotiated individual Adaptable Program Loans (APL) to fund the implementation of the national CARCIP program in their respective countries.

The World Bank conducts semi-annual implementation support missions to the participating countries and the CTU to track and report on the overall progress of CARCIP.

What kinds of projects are funded under CARCIP?

CARCIP funds projects in the following areas:

  • Consulting services
  • Broadband infrastructure
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Legal and regulatory policy
  • Open access to critical ICT infrastructure
  • ICT workshops and seminars
  • Capacity building in relation to key stakeholders (public, businesses, technocrats, education/tertiary institutions, national training agencies with interests in ICT and govt agencies).
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