The Grenada Information Communication Technology Alliance (GICTA) was amongst the members of the Caribbean Information Technology Associations to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 30 January 2020.
The MOU was signed at the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) Partnership Instrument Workshop on the EU General Data Protection Regulation held at the Hilton Barbados Resort on 29-30 January 2020.
Chad Fraser, President of GIGTA, said, “We are very excited to work together. We realise that the ICT industry in our country is faced with similar challenges. This MOU forges a strong collaborative effort to resolve some of these challenges. We believe our members will benefit from such an arrangement.”
Signing the MOU were the ICT Association Suriname (ICT-AS), Belize Association of ICT Professionals (BAICTP), Barbados ICT Professionals Association (BIPA), ICT Association of St Lucia (SLICTA) and Guyana Technology Association (GTA).
The TAIEX Workshop focused on the requirements and conditions of compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for public administrations and regional social partners allowing them to adopt a project-based approach to implementation across their respective entities. The workshop supports the EU’s political goals through raising awareness about the EU data protection standards and contributes to their proliferation in the world.
Fraser commented, “Workshops like these are essential to prepare persons, especially in the ICT industry that we represent, to put measures in place to ensure that they are compliant with these regulations. We hope to play a critical part in sensitising companies who use and deal with personal data.”
Established in 2019, as a non-profit non-governmental organisation, the Grenada Information Communication Technology Alliance (GICTA) took on the task to lobby and advocate on all ICT related issues, provide a community network for ICT businesses and professionals by providing education programs for advancing technology and business skills, leadership development opportunities, networking, peer mentoring and knowledge sharing, provide tools, resources, framework, guidelines, data to help support members and establish, maintain and monitor the use of standards across all disciplines of ITC work conducted in Grenada, and to provide certification of ITC organisations and individuals who meet and surpass standards.