The Honourable Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Public Administration and Communications is currently leading a national delegation to the annual week-long Statutory Meetings of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) which are being held in Barbados from September 19 to 23, 2016. The CTU, an institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has lead responsibility for advancing information and communication technology (ICT) as an enabler of sustainable development in the Region.
The Minister also participated in the 56th Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Development which is tasked with developing and implementing the Roadmap for a Single ICT Space. Trinidad and Tobago, as an active member of CARICOM, participates in key regional meetings to advance its national objectives while supporting regional development goals.
The CTU Meetings facilitate frank discussions among regional ICT Ministers and are intended to elaborate a harmonised approach to ensure that citizens of the Caribbean benefit from digital development. Recognising that the Region is part of the global community and noting that ICT is having a worldwide impact on the way people interact and do business, meetings are also held with representatives of key international and regional organisations that are operating in the ICT arena to learn firsthand of the trends taking place in the ICT arena as well as to pursue avenues for collaboration and technical assistance.
Photo from left to right:
The Hon Kelver Darroux, Minister of Information, Science, Telecommunications and Technology, Dominica
Senator the Hon Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister responsible for Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Invest Barbados
Mr Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Ms Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
The Hon George Bowen, Minister of State (Information Communication and Technology), Grenada
The Hon Maxie Cuffe, Minister of Public Administration and Communications, Trinidad and Tobago
The Hon George Alexander Lightbourne, Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication Turks and Caicos Islands