Minister for ICT, Alvin Dabreo is attending a 2-day workshop on eGovernance and Cybercrime issues, in Trinidad from 26–28 May. Caribbean Commonwealth officials with responsibility for ICT, are attending the Caribbean Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Importance of ICTs and their Impact on Regional Development.
Cybercrime is a global multibillion dollar industry with untold impact on Caribbean economies. Delegates are expected to discuss the impact of cybercrime on social and economic development, with a view to identifying next steps in implementing e-Governance and infrastructure initiatives in identified countries.
The workshop will also identify and address the major infrastructure components required to deliver government services online. By investing in electronic governance, governments across the world are saving money, delivering more effective services, and competing more effectively in the global economy. Infrastructure is a critical component to successfully implement egovernance strategies.
The meeting is convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Trinidad and Tobago, Organisation of American States (OAS), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Microsoft and the CTU.
The ITU, OAS, CTU and Microsoft are active partners in the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI), an international program started in 2011 to support member states in the implementation of robust cyber security programs. The 53 member countries of the Commonwealth share similar legal systems and institutional structures, and have a long history of active collaboration on issues and concerns related to cybercrime and the internet.
By Linda Straker