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									 REGIONAL MEETING OF CARIBBEAN MULTILATERAL
           DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

7th and 10th February 2011 - The Hilton Trinidad
      & Conference Centre, Port of Spain

    CANTO Connect The Caribbean (CTC)
                Initiative
                    By
          Regenie F. Ch. Fräser
        Secretary General CANTO
           Contents:

 About CANTO
• Our membership
• Calendar of Events 2010-2011
• What is Connect the Caribbean Initiative
• Our vision for CTC
• Six focus areas:
         - ICT Training Infrastructure
         -e-Commerce
         -e-Government
         -i-Create
         -e-Marketplace
         -Community and Social Investments
• Support , Partnership and Collaboration to Implement
this Initiative

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           Who are we?

Regional Industry body for the Telecoms sector with 111
members
      36 Telecoms / ICT providers
      75 Suppliers to the Sector

Mission
To facilitate the development of ICT solutions for the
benefit of     members and other stakeholders in the
Caribbean

Vision
To be the leading authority in shaping information and
communication in the Caribbean

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Membership

Membership is now at 111 with:
36 Telecoms/ICT providers
75 Suppliers to the Sector

                                 Growth in Membership


           80
           70
           60
           50
                                                                        Full
           40
                                                                        Affiliate
           30
           20
           10
            0
                2001   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010




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     Our Aspiration as an Organization

 Increase our influence in the Region
 Promote the greater use of ICTs in the Region
   Private sector industry
   Public sector activity
   Civil society
 Support effective deployment of CARICOM and
  CSME ICT strategies
   Strengthen regional integration & development through
    ICT in health, education, e-commerce and e-government
        Calendar of Events 2010-11
 1st i-Create e-Content Regional Competition, 30 September 2010, Trinidad
 2nd Caribbean Leadership Boot Camp 15-17 November 2010, Suriname
 27th AGM, January 2011, Dominica
 3rd DRP Workshop, January 2011, Dominica
 3rd ICT Regulation Training, March 2011, Trinidad
 5th Regional WTISD Essay Competition, 17 May 2011, Trinidad
 27th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition, July 2011, Suriname
 1st i-Create e-Content Award Ceremony, July 2011, Suriname
 5th HR Best Practices Conference , July 2011, Suriname
 ITU Sub Regional Preparatory Meeting on CTC, Aug/Sept 2011.
 5th CANTO Caribbean Telecoms Mini MBA, November 2011.
               What do we do?
 Collaboration Activities in Regional ICT committees:
  CARICOM, HIPCAR, CKLN, CARICAD, CTU, ITU etc.
 Conferences: well established Annual Conference and
  Trade Show
 Capacity Building/Training
 Position Statements and Information Papers to
  Governments and Regulators
   VoIP
   Competition
   Universal Service/Access
   Lawful Intercept/Wiretapping
   Taxation
What is Connect the Caribbean

Connect the Caribbean is a strategy championed
by the Caribbean Association of National
Telecommunications Operators (CANTO) for the
utilization of Information and
Communications Technologies (ICTs) to link
the peoples of the Caribbean so as to foster a greater sense of
Caribbean Identity as well as to drive and promote
Regional economic prosperity.
                 Areas of Collaboration

E-government
    Capacity building to facilitate deployment of e-government platforms
    through education initiative focused on implementing best practice
E-Commerce
    Facilitate adoption and deployment of e-commerce within SMEs & large
    business enterprise through a practical best practice awareness raising
    & education initiative
ICT training infrastructure
    Support growth in ICT development & deployment through identifying
    Regional skills requirements and facilitating provision of key skills
    through a formalised network of available channels

These projects seek to provide commercial opportunities in the sector whilst
also driving innovation, growth and development in the region.
                                                           Within
                    E-government                          application



 CSME/CARICOM strategic framework now in position
    CANTO involvement in design
    Projects now required
 Potential Activities (working with CSME)
    Develop model of best practice in multi-channel citizen-
     centric service design, implementation & governance
    Develop & deploy portal based tool
    Outreach services
        Training database
        Lobbying support to Intermediary organisations
    Develop interoperable regional & national ICT enterprise
     architecture, procurement policies & standards.
     Recommend common applications where applicable.

    FOCUS: Speed up deployment of e-govt within the Region
             E-Commerce activities
   Research model of international best practice in e-commerce
   On line research to analyse Regional gaps in capability
   Develop portal based guide to implementing e-commerce for SMEs
   Outreach services delivered through Regional trade associations & other
    intermediary organisations
      Awareness raising activity
      Train the trainer activity

 Work with CSME/CARICOM to facilitate development of e-commerce
  technical architecture & deployment of interoperable payment platform

 FOCUS:
1.  Educate the business community in how to develop and deploy their e-
    commerce strategy
2.  Facilitate the availability of appropriate payment platform
      ICT Training infrastructure
               activities
1.   Audit of current skills shortage & training requirements
2.   Research into current procurement, provision &
     recommendation
3.   Gap analysis
4.   Database of expert training providers
       Active in the Region
       Recommended against performance criteria
5.   E- awareness campaign to promote active use of database
     resource across sectors

FOCUS:
 Widen access to good quality skills training across all sectors
 Facilitate provision of training in areas of current skill shortage
Recent CANTO activities
 New ‘Connect the Caribbean’ projects
   Community Hub investment programme across all
    members to provide facilities for e-content production
   Develop Regional e-marketplace
   Promote Regional content through Regional
    competition for young people
Goals Community Hub
 Goal One: Provide an incubator for the development of local e-
  content and innovation
  The development, establishment and commissioning of a system
  of youth technology, arts, enterprise and environmental
  awareness training centers that allows students to freely express
  their ideas using ICT tools.

 Goal Two: Provide Job Training
  Offer job and career training providing skills that are in demand
  by employers and that will allow graduates to earn a live able
  wage.

 Goal Three: Community and innovation focal point
  Become a community focal point for technology, arts, enterprise
  and environmental awareness for the areas in which the HUB is
  located.
             e-Marketplace
 CANTO’s Connect the Caribbean (CTC) strategy sees
 the development of Caribbean e-Business/e-Commerce
 as critical to the development of CARICOM economies
 and of regional Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
 (MSMEs). Additionally, the uptake of e-Business
 platforms, processes and models by regional entities will
 both require and result in the increased demand of
 regionally produced e-Content.


The development of a Regional
 G2B/B2B e-Marketplace.
               e-Marketplace
The high level objectives of this activity are:
 To raise awareness and develop specific requirements
  for CARICOM governments with respect to a platform
  through which they can implement their national e-
  Government initiatives, particularly those relating to e-
  Procurement.
 To raise awareness of the benefits and develop specific
  requirements for a platform through which regional
  SMEs can benefit from business opportunities with
  Regional governments.
 To raise awareness and develop specific requirements
  for a platform that will connect Caribbean SMEs
  through their ability to conduct e-Business/e-
  Commerce with each other.
i-Create e-Content Competition
 To search out and reward the best e-content producers
  in the Region
 To foster greater Industry / Academia collaboration…”
 To develop the content eco-system and industry in the
  Caribbean
 Prizes and Benefits:
 FREE Android Training
 Internships at Ericsson
 Best Mobile Application Prize
 US$30,000 in other prizes
i-Create Website: www.cantoicreate.com
i-Create Launch in Trinidad
     Call for Collaboration and Partnership

All these initiatives have tremendous potential for the development
of the Caribbean region

Flexibility
     •Focus on aspects that support achievement of your development
     goals e.g. health, finance, govt capability etc
     •Redesign to reflect your input & expertise
     •Implement in phases
     •Work with consortia of agencies to complete the whole project

We invite you to come on board with us and support these
components of the CTC initiative.

Let us unleash Caribbean Innovation through ICTs
   THANK YOU

   www.canto.org

Regenie F. Ch. Fräser
Secretary General CANTO

   rfraser@canto.org

1-868- 622-3770/ 6220929
   7350440 (mobile)

								
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