CTU Head Pledges Support To Federation After Successful Roadshow

Bernadette Lewis Thanks Wesley Wharton

Bernadette Lewis Thanks Wesley Wharton

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 28, 2009 (SKNIS)

The first leg of the Caribbean Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Roadshow concluded in St. Kitts on Thursday, and was described as a “success” by the Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Unit (CTU).

The event was held from August 24 to 27 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and featured regional and international delegates discussing topics related to Caribbean Internet Governance, Networking and Distributed Services and Infrastructure Strengthening. A component of the forum featured a session at the National ICT Center to warn youths of the dangers on the internet, as well as how to create a blog and a podcast.

“I want to say how very pleased I am with the outcome,” CTU’s Secretary General Bernadette Lewis said. “We have had very productive sessions over the three days and judging from the report of the youth forum, there are signs that the seeds we have planted have found fertile ground.”

The CTU Head noted that she was looking forward to accessing local blogs and podcasts produced by the students. She added that the recommendations from the conference will be carefully considered in the coming weeks. Ms. Lewis had high praise for the organizers from the local Department of Technology for planning the event and made a commitment to the twin-island Federation.

“We will be looking at ways in which we can support our indigenous innovators,” Ms. Lewis said, referring to presentations made by local firms including eCaribbean Ltd, T.D.C. Group of Companies and National Bank ““ on how ICTs impacts their business operations.

“I want to pledge the commitment of the CTU to supporting St. Kitts and Nevis in making beneficial use of the ICT tools available. “¦ The work that we are trying to accomplish is not the work of one organization, “¦ it is the work of individuals contributing consistently in structured and informal ways, ensuring that citizens of the region reap tangible benefits from having affordable access to information and communication technology tools,” she added.

The Roadshow moves to Antigua and Barbuda on September 16 and 17, 2009.

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