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Antigua and Barbuda
Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP)
World Bank proposed ICT Infrastructure development programme for CARIFORUM
ICT Focus Areas:
Access / Connectivity
Disaster Preparedness & Response Systems
Related Member States:
Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN)
Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)
Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO)
Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Design of Project:
The proposed program will have different elements depending on the priority areas for each of the participating countries, and will be tailored to each country’s needs. However, the interventions for each of the participating countries will be structured along the same set of strategic priorities and will be closely coordinated and jointly implemented to the extent possible, to ensure the regional spillover effects are maximized. The program is structured along three main components, as described below. A fourth cross-cutting institutional development and capacity building component will lend support to the regional institutional framework to implement and monitor the program:
1) Regional connectivity infrastructure, aimed at increasing access and affordability of broadband communications networks in the region and within countries;
2) ICT-led innovation, aimed at leveraging the regional broadband infrastructure to contribute to the development of the regional and national IT/IT-enabled services (ITES) industry; and
3) e-transformation, aimed at contributing to improved government and private sector efficiency and transparency by leveraging the regional broadband infrastructure towards the delivery of e-services, mobile applications and content, including e-government, e-commerce and e-society applications.
As a result of the program, it is expected that the whole Caribbean population would benefit, by having access to new communications services, sources of information and knowledge, enhanced and diversified employment opportunities, improved delivery of public and private sector services, increased productivity and transparency of government, and more rapid and coordinated response to emergencies. Overall, the region would see a boost to its competitiveness, social inclusion, economic diversification and regional integration efforts.
Among the proposed objectives are to increase access and affordability of broadband communications networks within the region and countries; contribute to the development of the regional Information Technology (IT) industry; and contribute to improved government efficiency and transparency through the delivery of e-services, including e-government and e-society applications