CARICOM SG praises Grenada’s leadership in ICT

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque praised Grenada for leading by example in using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to create an enabling environment to pursue its social and economic development goals.
The Secretary-General was speaking during a ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown Guyana where he received the credentials of Grenada’s new Ambassador to the Community, His Excellency Patrick Antoine.
In commending Grenada’s drive towards increased use of technology, the Secretary-General cited the country’s decision to become the first English-speaking Caribbean country to develop its own Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in 2011. Grenada he said was positioning itself for diversification by “embracing technology, while maintaining its reputation as the Spice Isle through its abundance in nutmeg and mace which supplies approximately 20 per cent of the world market in those commodities.”
Earlier in his remarks, Ambassador LaRocque noted the “hands-on approach” taken by the Grenadian Prime Minister Dr the Rt Honourable Keith Mitchell in executing his responsibility as Lead Head of Government for Science and Technology including Information and Communications in the Quasi-Cabinet of the Conference of Heads of Government. He recalled the Prime Minister’s involvement in tabling the Regional ICT Agenda and Platform for Action at the Heads of Government Meting in July 2004 as well as his encouragement to his colleague Leaders in 2003 to support the project which has evolved into the Caribbean Knowledge Learning Network Agency (CKLNA).
“Once again, Prime Minister Mitchell has taken leadership of the process and has successfully called on his colleague Heads of Government to devote a focused session on ICT when they meet at their Twenty-Fifth Inter-Sessional Meeting in St Vincent and the Grenadines next February. True to his hands-on approach, the Prime Minister will preside over a Ministerial Session which will consider the Regional Digital Development Strategy (RDDS) in preparation for discussion by Heads of Government,” the Secretary-General added.

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