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Title: Information for All Programme


Caribbean 0ffice
  • Information for All Programme
  • And
  • The Caribbean Information/Knowledge Society

  • Summary of Presentation
  • Profile of Caribbean Information Society
  • 7 Basic Indicators
  • Institutional Framework
  • Challenges to WSIS POA in Caribbean
  • International Players/Initiatives
  • Regional Programme/Intiatives
  • General
  • CARICOM, towards the CSME
  • Strategic Principles for attention
  • Caribbean Forum on Information Society
  • UNESCO IFAP in the Caribbean Information Society
  • A Way Forward and Proposals
  • Major Documents for further reading

Caribbean 0ffice
  • Basic I. Society Profile of the Caribbean
  • Seven Basic Indicators
  • Institutions and Strategies
  • Access to telecom and technologies
  • Awareness and understanding
  • Regulation and Legislations
  • Human Resource
  • ICT industry and services
  • Commerce Governance

Caribbean 0ffice
  • Institutional Frameworks
  • Of 19 Countries covered by UNESCO Cluster office,
    4 at acceptable stages of ICT policy and
    formulation - national ICT vision, strategies,
    and action plans
  • 3 countries have IS/ICTs coordination units eg
    CITO, Jamaica.
  • Few have multi-stakeholder consultation or
  • No regional mechanism for coordination no one
    is in charge
  • Low participation in international negotiations
    and forums (WTO, ITU etc)

WSIS POA and the Caribbean Challenges
  • The absence of an accurate analysis of the status
    of Caribbean with respect to the Information
  • The basic economic and social conditions
  • IS not integrated in the national or sectoral
    development agendas
  • The absence of technocratic expertise and
    negotiating mechanisms
  • Competition among actors, overlapping projects
  • Inadequate integration of ICTs pursuits and
    social and economic challenges

  • International Programmes
  • World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
  • UNICT Task Force
  • Established by the UN Social and Economic
    Council, 2001
  • provide overall leadership to the United Nations
    role in helping to formulate strategies for the
    development of information and communication
    technologies and putting those technologies at
    the service of development
  • The UN ICT Task Force Latin American and
    Caribbean Regional Network was created to support
    and strengthen the UN ICT Task Force efforts in
    favor of reducing the digital gap in the region.

  • International Telecommunication Union
  • The ITU, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is
    an international organization within the United
    Nations System where governments and the private
    sector coordinate global telecom networks and
  • Inter-American Telecommunications Commission
  • developed a strategy document entitled Agenda
    for Connectivity in the Americas Plan of Action
  • This addresses the fundamental issues related to

Interl Organ. Cont.
  • infoDEV - Information for Development Programme
    of the World Bank.
  • (
  • World Bank Funded grant programme
  • Innovative project in use of ICT4D
  • 2 Approved projects in the Caribbean

  • Digital Opportunity Task Force (http//www.dotforc
  • Established by G8 Heads of State, 2000
  • Included governmental, private sector, NGOs and
    international organizations
  • Identify the way in which the digital revolution
    could be applied to socio-economic development of
    the worlds poorest and most underserved groups.
  • Has joined forces with UNICt Task Force

  • BELLANET (http//
  • Internationally funded initiative, UNDP IDRC,
    CIDA, Sida
  • Focused on application of ICT IN Development

  • Strategic Level
  • Head of Government approved regional strategic
    approach to ICT developments
  • Two broad headings, ICT Technology Development
    and ICT Business and Trade Services
  • Operational Level
  • Regional discussion through preparation of
    Regional Connectivity Agenda
  • Defined number of strategic principles for

  • Defined number of strategic principles for
  • The major principles being addressed are
  • A comprehensive and dynamic Regional ICT Policy
  • Collaborative public and private sector action
  • Security requirements
  • Access to information services and technologies
  • Human Resource development
  • Enabling legal and regulatory frameworks

  • Regional and international dialogue on ICTs in
  • For a such as ITU, WTO, WIPO, FTAA, CITEL
  • Caribbean Forum on the Information Society, 2004
  • Intergovernmental Agencies CARICOM, OECS
  • International Agencies, UNESCO, ITU, WIPO,
  • International Development Agencies, , WB, IDRC,
  • Research and academic institutions, UWI, UoG

  • Regional Programmes and Initiatives
  • The UN ICT Task Force Latin American and
    Caribbean Regional Network
  • Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
  • Caribbean Information Action Group (CARINFO)

Regional Programmes and Initiatives
  • Caribbean ICT Virtual Community (CIVIC)
  • Caribbean Information Society Network (CARISNET)
  • CARICOM Connectivity agenda
  • CARICAD / UNDESA / government of Italy
    Ministerial meetings
  • Telecom CTU telecom - weak
  • ECTEL sub regional telecom regulation
  • OECS / looking to ICTs, some other areas as
    e-education Culture


Regional Programmes and
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the
    Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee
  • Education CKLN (tertiary education) in
    development distance learning association
  • Regulators OCCUR
  • CROSQ (norms)

  • UNESCO IFAP in the Caribbean Information Society
  • preservation of information and universal access
    to it
  • Regional Audio-visual Policy
  • Global and regional Portal
  • MOW
  • CMC
  • participation of all in the emerging global
    information society
  • WSIS, UNECLAC Caribbean Participation

  • UNESCO IFAP in the Caribbean Information Society
  • ethical, legal and societal consequences of ICT
  • training, continuing education and lifelong
    learning in the fields ICTs
  • This Workshop
  • Caribbean Centre of Excellence in ICT
  • training and development
  • Caribbean adult literacy software (FOSS)
  • Information Literacy training
  • E-local Governance

  • UNESCO IFAP in the Caribbean Information Society
  • Production of local content and foster the
    availability of indigenous knowledge
  • CMC
  • Digital Libraries
  • Initiative Babel
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean
  • International standards and best practices in
  • Community Database on Best Practices in
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Community Database on Best Practices in
  • disaster areas
  • Guide on the development of Public
  • Domain Information
  • Guideline on ICT in Education

  • A Way Forward
  • Role of National Commissions in Collaboration
    with UNESCO Caribbean Office
  • Establishment and strengthening of National
  • Information Committees
  • Elect representatives to form Regional IFAP
  • Seek partnership with CARINFO Programme (CDB,
  • CARINFO collaboration with UNESCO National
  • Commission give guide to Information
  • Information gathering and dissemination

  • Way Forward and Proposals
  • Strategic approach focusing on YOUTH 6-13 years
    and ADULTS 60-up
  • Ensure gender balance
  • Engendering the development of Information
  • Culture in the Caribbean
  • Guide line for proposal
  • Joint Regional PP of NATCOMs in the Caribbean
  • Information clubs in schools (Formal and informal
  • NATCOMs are strategically placed to spearhead
  • Partnership with Ministries of Education, UNESCO
    ASPNET, SIV, YOUTH Organisation in the Caribbean
  • Information and Youth Regional Policy
  • Develop Plan of Action at next regional meeting
    of NATCOMs
  • Establish Links with other regions

IFAP Special Fund
  • New call for proposals end 2004 to be submitted
    by February 2005
  • National Projects, 25,000usd
  • Regional Projects, 35,000
  • One or two regional projects for the Caribbean
  • Application will be done on-line
  • Priority areas 2005

Priorities 2004/5
  • Promoting information literacy, through capacity
    building particularly for information
  • Strengthening awareness about the importance of
    preservation of information of all kinds
  • Promoting a better understanding of the ethical,
    legal and societal implications of ICTs

  • Major Documents for further reading
  • UNESCO, Caribbean IFAP Report, Maritza Hee Houng
  • UNESCO Recommendation on Multiligualism and
    Access to Cyberspace
  • UNESCO Guideline on Access to Government Public
    Domain Information
  • UNESCO Digital Heritage Charter
  • WSIS Declaration of Principles
  • WSIS Plan of Action
  • UNICT Task Force POA, also LAC Chapter

Major Documents for further reading
  • Caricom Connectivity Agenda
  • America Connectivity Agenda
  • CITEL action plan
  • The Information Society from the Caribbean
    Perspective/CDCC 20th Session
  • Bavaro Declaration
  • CIVIC inputs to WSIS