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Bahamas to demonstrate commitment to integration of ICT as it hosts ICT Week

Carl Bethel.

The Bahamas will demonstrate its commitment to the substantive integration of information and communications technology (ICT) as it plays host to the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s (CTU) ICT Week next week.

Attorney General Carl Bethel said in a CTU release posted on stlucianewsonline.com that The Bahamas continues to move forward with integrating ICTs into the country’s national development plan and everyday living.

“ICT Week will be a successful culmination to a year of learning and education as to the best use of technology, to improve the lives of Bahamians and visitors alike as we continue our work towards a SMART Bahamas,” Bethel said.

ICT experts from across the Caribbean are expected to discuss the intricacies of the Internet, which is now a critical information and communications technology. The Caribbean is hoping to develop a centralized ICT portal that could link the entire region.

“Managing this resource has become a priority for the Caribbean’s development, specifically as it relates to the CARICOM Single ICT Space, which would provide the digital basis for regional integration,” the CTU release states.

ICT Week, which will be hosted by the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), will take place at Atlantis, Paradise Island from November 27 to December 1. Its theme is “Internet imperatives for the Caribbean Single ICT Space”.

The CTU release states: “Bernadette Lewis, secretary general of the CTU, mentioned that ICT Week is appropriately themed as it seeks to raise awareness and educate on the important role of the Internet, its current limitations and what must be done to ensure that it supports Caribbean development.”

Lewis added that, in light of recent natural disasters in the Caribbean, an expert panel would be dedicated to examining the role of ICT in disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery.

The event comes on the heels of Grand Bahama’s first ever tech summit.

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