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Regional High-Level Workshop on Electronic Commerce and ICT for Central America and the Caribbean Curacao, 25 – 27 June 2002 Philip Cross ITU Caribbean Representative. Urban/Rural Universal Service. Subscriber Growth. Access/infrastructure. In Accordance with ITU/WTO developments:

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Regional High-Level Workshop on Electronic Commerce and ICT for Central America and the CaribbeanCuracao, 25 – 27 June 2002Philip CrossITU Caribbean Representative


Urban rural universal service
Urban/Rural Universal Service for Central America and the Caribbean


Subscriber growth
Subscriber Growth for Central America and the Caribbean


Access infrastructure
Access/infrastructure for Central America and the Caribbean

  • In Accordance with ITU/WTO developments:

    Liberalization

    Privatization

    Competition – CPP, Roaming, Calling Cards

    New Licences

    Regulation

    New Technologies – VOIP, DSL, Broadband


Policies
Policies for Central America and the Caribbean

Bridge the Digital Divide – where are we?

Telecommunications - Access

Information

Computer availability

ICT for development

E-Commerce


  • BARRIERS TO ICT DEVELOPMENT for Central America and the Caribbean

  • inadequate policies and strategies

  • inadequate and/or expensive telecommunications infrastructure

  • inadequate legislation;

  • lack of awareness and required skills.

  • Placement within ministries

  • Inadequate Coordination

  • Insufficient private sector participation, especially by banks


New developments
New Developments for Central America and the Caribbean

  • Agenda for Connectivity

  • UN Task Force on ICT

  • ITU Initiatives –

    World Telecommunication Development

    Conference

    Electronic Commerce for Developing

    Countries (EC-DC)

    Caribbean ICT Coordination

  • UNCTAD Initiative

  • World Summit on the Information Society


The way forward
The Way Forward for Central America and the Caribbean

  • ICT/E-Commerce to be high on the agenda of Caribbean Heads of Government

  • Cooperation and coordination

  • Policies and legislation for ICT, including

    E-Commerce

  • Development of Caribbean Strategy

  • Complete liberalization of the telecommunication sector

  • Proper regulation (management) of the telecomms sector


The way forward ctd
The Way Forward ctd for Central America and the Caribbean

  • Caribbean Organizations to become more focused in their specialized areas

  • Development of Caribbean/national strategies


Main caribbean players
Main Caribbean Players for Central America and the Caribbean

  • Governments

  • CARICOM, OECS/ECTEL

  • CTU, CTO, CBU/CANA (CMC), CANTO

  • CDERA, Caribbean Export

  • CDB, CAIC, CARICAD

  • UWI

  • OAS/CITEL

  • UN System, Donor Agencies

  • ICT Service Providers

  • Civil Society, NGOs, etc.


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