PRESS RELEASE:-Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, (9th May, 2017) – The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) was the featured presenter at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Civil Society Presentation Event (re Internet Governance) at Frenches House in Kingstown on Tuesday 9th May 2017. This event was convened by Vincentian civil society groups to sensitise the public in St. Vincent on the topic of Internet governance (IG) and build interest and capacity for Vincentians to contribute to IG work regionally and internationally.
As defined in 2005, Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.
Also in 2005, the CTU and the CARICOM Secretariat established the Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF), the first regional forum of its kind worldwide. The CIGF is an annual multi-stakeholder forum that brings together Caribbean views with the intention of harmonising positions and recommendations on technical, content, policy, cybersecurity, privacy and other matters related to the internet. In addition, since 2014, in order to enhance implementation of the work of the CIGF, the CTU has been spearheading its thrust for individual countries to establish their own national IG forums with multi-stakeholder groups. The CTU’s participation in this event is consistent with this thrust.
Mr. Nigel Cassimire, CTU Telecommunications Specialist, who delivered the feature address, on behalf of Secretary General Bernadette Lewis noted the breadth of scope of Internet governance which includes technical, legal, commercial, social and developmental issues, and emphasised the role of the multi-stakeholder community in IG. He stated, “There is a role for all stakeholders to work to increase the pool and global influence of regional practitioners in IG in the Caribbean.”
His address sought to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of the CTU’s role and efforts in regional IG, raise awareness of the St. Vincent public on IG issues, and to advance IG knowledge, expertise and practice in that country. He also urged the locals to make this event the start of a sustained national multi-stakeholder effort in IG.
The Civil Society Event was attended by over 30 persons from the Government, private sector and civil society stakeholder groups and was addressed by speakers from the SVG Government, private sector and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) as well as from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the CTU.