As local economies continue to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, a call has been made to develop a roadmap to connect the unconnected in the Caribbean.
Delivering the feature address at the opening ceremony of CANTO’s 37th Annual
Conference & Trade Exhibition in Miami, The Honourable Mark Anthony Phillips, Prime
Minister, and First Vice President of Guyana, urged industry stakeholders to prioritise
delivering connections to those most in need.
“Our goal must therefore be nothing less than universal broadband service. No country,
no region, no town, no village, no community, and no person should be left unconnected, for we cannot begin to speak of digital evolution without addressing the manifest injustice and inequality of the underlying digital divides,” he said.
After a two-year hiatus in the staging of a live event, regional heads of state and heads
of government, along with regulators, and telecom operators, are meeting at the iconic
Fontainebleau Hotel to discuss global trends, best-practices, and forge new alliances.
C&W Communications, operators of the Flow, Flow Business, C&W Business and BTC
brands in the Caribbean, is the presenting sponsor of the event with this year’s theme of
‘Enabling the Digital Evolution’.
David Cox, Chair of CANTO, welcomed those in attendance and said the non-profit
organisation was proud to advocate for policies, legislation and rules which advance the
creation of an environment for the deployment of services and technologies around the
Caribbean and Americas.
“CANTO’s greatest value is that it is a unique market for ideas. Our agenda has never
been to tell people what to think, but to provide a forum where ideas can contend. Our
aim is to educate, inform, stimulate, challenge, listen and ultimately promote the
development of our people,” he said.
Other feature presenters at the four-day conference include The Right Honourable
Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas; Aamir Hussain, Senior Vice President,
Chief Technology and Product Officer, Liberty Latin America; and Dr Hyginus Leon,
President, Caribbean Development Bank.
Source: C&W Communications. Headline photo: Brigadier Mark Phillips, Prime Minister of Guyana (third from left) shakes hands with John Winter, Chief Legal Officer at Liberty Latin America during the Opening Ceremony of CANTO’s Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition. Also, in the photo (from left) Christopher Coles, Vice President of CWC Networks, David Cox, Chairman of CANTO and Daniel Neiva, VP B2B LATAM at CWC.