Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (1st April 2019) – The advent of the 21st century saw the continuation of a transition from analog to digital technologies in information and telecommunications. Caribbean Governments moved to liberalise the telecommunications sector and telecommunications service providers invested in the development of information and communication infrastructure which improved communication services and connected the Caribbean to the rest of the world at more rapid speeds. However, 19 years later, countries in the region have made few strides in leveraging this technology to fully transform into digital states.
While other countries have started driving technological innovations in the area of next generation telecommunication technologies, the Caribbean is now beginning to realise the need for digital transformation enabled by the adoption and integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) as a means for driving social and economic development.
We are rapidly approaching the end of the first quarter of the 21st Century. The time for digital transformation is now. The Caribbean cannot continue to drive on the information super highway with horse drawn carriages. Caribbean governments must lead the process to adopt ICT to enable more efficient, simplified means of doing business, foster Caribbean integration and facilitate free movement of people, goods and capital in a Caribbean Single Market and Economy. These goals can only be achieved through the collaboration of regional governments and also with the private sector.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and their technology partners will be creating Caribbean FutureScape, a technology immersion experience that demonstrates the speed, efficiency, transparency, resilience, facility and simplicity of life in a fully integrated digital Caribbean. The event will take place from 29th April to 1st May, at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Caribbean FutureScape is one of many ICT activities of the Week celebrating the CTU’s 30th Anniversary, the theme of which is, Digital Transformation – Do It!.
The first of its kind in the Caribbean, FutureScape simulates what our region could be by creating a model region in a controlled environment that comprises five of our countries, in which citizens move freely within a borderless space.
Caribbean FutureScape is made possible through the support of technology partners, including Amazon Web Services, APEX, BITT, CARICAD, Cloud Carib, Crimson Logic, Diagon, iGovTT, Incus Services Limited, Microsoft, RSC, TSTT, TTLAB – UWI and Yellar.
All are invited to apply for citizenship in Caribbean FutureScape and to register for other activities at: https://ctuevents.events.idloom.com/Caribbean_FutureScape
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