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Tuesday 26th September – Thursday 28th September 2006

 Speakers:

  • The Hon. Philip Paulwell, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology (with Energy), Government of Jamaica
  • Hon. Mr Vincent McLean, Minister of Communications, Government of Cayman Islands
  • Mr J. P. Morgan, Director General, The Office of Utilities of Regulation, Jamaica
  • Ms Regenie Fraser, Secretary General, CANTO
  • Mr Philip Cross, Area Representative for the Caribbean, International Telecommunication Union
  • Mr Courtney Jackson, Regulating Consultant (Telecoms), The Office of Utilities of Regulation, Jamaica
  • Cosmas Zavazava, Head of Least Developed Countries Unit and ITU focal point for Emergency Telecommunications, International Telecommunication Union
  • Mr Keith Clark, Sr. Regional Marketing Manager, Americas, INTELSAT
  • Mr Bernado Schneiderman, Global VSAT Forum
  • Mr Bill Humphrey, Managing Partner and CEO, Prometheus Group
  • Ms Gia Gaspard Taylor, International Facilitator NYDS, The International Education and Resource Network (iEARNTnT)
  • Mr Ronald Jackson, Director General (Actg.), ODPEM
  • Mr Neil Pierre, POS Director, UNECLAC (Port of Spain)
  • Ms Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General, CTU
  • Mr Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator, CDERA
  • Ms Kathleen Gordon, The Caribbean Development Bank
  • Dr Cassandra Rogers, The Caribbean Development Bank
  • Mr Mark Hanvey, Chief Security Officer, Cable and Wireless
  • Dr Barbara Carby, Director, NEMA, Cayman Islands
  • Day One: Tuesday 26th September 2006

    Names in italics are under invitation and not confirmed
    Draft Programme dated 16/08/06

    08.00

    Registration and coffee

    08.50

    Chairman’s Opening Address:

    Mr J. P. Morgan, Director General, The Office of Utilities of Regulation, Jamaica

    09.00

    Opening Ceremony

    ·The Hon. Philip Paulwell, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology (with Energy), Government of Jamaica

    ·Hon. Dr. Renee Webb, Caribbean Associate, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

    ·Mr Philip Cross, Area Representative for the Caribbean, International Telecommunication Union

    ·Mr Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator, CDERA

    ·Ms Regenie Fraser, Secretary General, CANTO

    GLOBAL AND REGIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT TODAY

    09.15

    Opening Address:

    Using ICT for effective disaster management in the Caribbean

    The Hon. Philip Paulwell, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology (with Energy), Government of Jamaica

    09.30

    Keynote Address:

    A regional overview of current disaster management preparations:

    What is currently being worked upon in regard meteorology information, early warning systems and information sharing?

    Mr Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator, CDERA

    10.00

    Comprehending the damage that natural disasters create: An examination of the socio-economic costs

    ·An overview of the disaster life cycle

    ·On a global, regional and national level, what are the socio-economic costs of natural disasters?

    ·The Millennium Development Goals: what are the threats posed to them by natural disasters?

    Mr Neil Pierre, POS Director, UN ECLAC

    10.30

    Morning Coffee

    11.00

    Current disaster management strategy, the role of ICT:

    An explanation, focusing on best practice, of the existing global, regional and national approaches

    ·The international approach to disaster management, including the five Priority Actions outlined by the UN in the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005

    ·CARICOM Programme Framework 2005 -2015

    ·The Caribbean Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy

    ·The CDERA Regional Telecommunications Plan

    ·SIDS POA

    Ms Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General, CTU

    A Senior Representative from CARICOM

    Mr Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator, CDERA

    11.45

    Panel Discussion

    The future of maximising ICT for effective disaster management:

    How can the regional organisations work independently towards a fixed disaster management goal?

    CANTO, CTU, CDB, CARICOM, CDERA, & CTO

    12.30

    Networking Lunch

    ICT AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT: GOVERNMENT AND REGULATOR PERSPECTIVES

    13.30

    An examination of the role governments play in effective disaster management and capturing the benefits of ICT

    ·Learning from history - recent trends in emergency telecommunications policy

    ·Example of disaster management policy – aim, effect, success

    ·Regulating and Legislating for the effective use of ICT in disaster management

    ·Hurricane Preparedness Using ICT

    Hon. Mr Vincent McLean, Minister of Communications, Government of Cayman Islands

    H.E. Dr Edmond A. Mansoor, Minister of State, responsible for Information, Broadcasting & Telecommunications, Antigua and Barbados

    Ms Dawn French, Director, National Emergency Management Office, Government of St Lucia

    14.15

    An assessment of the telecommunications/ICT regulatory environment for disaster management: What can be done to assist strategy implementation? ITU Perspectives

    ·How have regional regulatory bodies prepared for the continued operation of ICTs when disaster strikes?

    ·What strategies have been put in place to ensure the compliance of ICT operators in disaster situations?

    ·The Tampere Convention: what it is, its importance, and challenges related to its ratification and implementation

    Cosmas Zavazava, Head of Least Developed Countries Unit and ITU focal point for Emergency Telecommunications, International Telecommunication Union

    José Alfredo Rizek V., Director Ejecutivo, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Rep. Dominicana

    Mr Peter Mitchell, Senior Planning Officer, ICT Division, Telecommunication Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, Information and Communication Technology Division

    15.00

    Panel discussion:

    ·Best practice in ICT deployment for disaster mitigation

    ·ICT legislation – Where are we and what needs to be done at the national, regional and international levels?

    ·Practical experiences in the application of the Tampere Convention by humanitarian actors during disasters. Tampere Convention; can it work in practice?

    15.30

    Afternoon Tea

    OPERATORS AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT

    16.00

    The role of telecommunications providers:

    ·How information providers help prevent and manage disasters through accurate and timely reporting

    Continuous satellite communications:

    ·The importance of continued satellite communications during a natural disaster

    Mobile telephony:

    ·The importance of mobile telephones when planning, reacting and relieving disasters

    Internet Service Providers:

    ·The importance of the internet, particularly in the post disaster phase

    Mr Mark Hanvey, Chief Security Officer, Cable and Wireless

    Mr Keith Clark, Sr. Regional Marketing Manager, Americas, INTELSAT

    Mr Bernado Schneiderman, Global VSAT Forum

    A senior representative from Ericsson RELIEF

    A senior representative from Digicel

    16.45

    Panel discussion:

    ·What more can operators do to restrict the damage done by natural disasters?

    ·The importance of accurate reporting and the use of the use of the media in disaster mitigation

    ·What can we do to ensure that telecommunication operators understand their role in disaster management?

    17.15

    Chairman’s closing remarks

    17.30

    Close of Day One

    18.00

    Cocktail Reception

    20.00

    Gala Dinner

     

    Day Two: Wednesday 27th September 2006

    08.20

    Re-registration and coffee

    08.50

    Chairman’s Opening Address:

    Hon. Dr. Renee Webb, Caribbean Associate, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

    Preparedness

    09.00

    Protecting the citizens through disaster preparedness: Strategy and bench mark examples of creating community awareness

    ·Connecting and preparing the community for limiting the effect of a Disaster preparedness

    ·Education, education, education: civil society organisations educating citizens in disaster preparedness

    ·Drills and exercises: preparations, developing trust and creating a feedback loop in the community

    Mr Bill Humphrey, Managing Partner and CEO, Prometheus Group

    Ms Gia Gaspard Taylor, International Facilitator NYDS, The International Education and Resource Network (iEARNTnT)

    Ms Dorienne Rowan-Campbell, Consultant and Associate, Networked Intelligence for Development (NID)

    09.30

    Preparing for effective disaster management: With so many parties involved in disaster response, why is interoperability fundamental to success?

    ·Linking organisations and telecommunications networks: the role of interoperability, information sharing and coordination

    ·Overcoming interoperability issues in the short term: enthusing stakeholders through:

    • human organisation
    • cooperation and willingness
    • telecommunication standards

    Ms. Lynda Geraci, President, About Business Continuity Inc.

    A senior representative from CARICOM

    A senior representative from Cable & Wireless

    10.00

    Panel discussion:

    ·Examples of best practice in engaging the community for disaster preparation

    ·Information sharing and knowledge management, with so many potential parties involved how can this be organised?

    ·What can be done to increase interoperability now and in the future?

    10.30

    Morning Coffee

    MITIGATION

    11.00

    Integrating ICT into early warning systems to improve disaster mitigation: The development of the International Early Warning Programme

    ·The importance of Geographical Information Systems, and seismology

    ·The International Early Warning Programme (IEWP)

  • Aim
  • Status
  • Future development
  • A senior representative from the IEWP

    Mr Martin Hilbert, United Nations Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

    Pelle Maerkedahl Larsen, Market Development Manager, INMARSAT

    11.30

    Coordinating the disaster response:

    The benefits that sensors can bring to disaster mitigation

    ·The availability of sensor technology, information gathering and the problem of poor information management

    ·Disaster response: why sensors are key to development

    ·The importance of detailed situational awareness to enhance disaster mitigation

    A senior representative from CARICOM

    A senior representative from ODPEM

    12.00

    Panel discussion:

    ·The progress of the International Early Warning Programme (IEWP)

    ·The importance of balancing data gathering with good knowledge management

    12.30

    Networking Lunch

    RELIEF

    13.30

    The importance of ICT in relief efforts: Examples of best practice in the use of ICT in the relief phase

    ·The impediments to using ICT in relief efforts

    ·An NGO case study examining how the different ICT applications help the relief effort

    A Senior Representative from Ericsson Relief

    Mr Eustace Abrams, Director, Business Planning, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Co. Ltd

    14.30

    Panel discussion:

    ·What key steps can be taken in the short term to remove the impediments to using ICTs in relief efforts?

    ·Best practice examples of ICT use in relief

    15.00

    Afternoon Tea

    RECONSTRUCTION

    15.30

    The challenges of reconstruction/rehabilitating ICT infrastructure, financing and coordination

    ·Backing up data and using GPS to remap the community

    ·What are the critical steps that must be taken when reconstructing devastated ICT infrastructure after disaster strikes?

    · An NGO case study: how ICT has helped a community reconstruction after disaster struck

    Ms Kathleen Gordon, The Caribbean Development Bank

    Dr. Cassandra Rogers, The Caribbean Development Bank

    Ms Judy Thomas, Director, Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Government of Barbados

    Mr Ernesto Torres, Head – Network Services, Belize Telecommunications Limited

    16.30

    Panel discussion:

    ·Funding reconstruction efforts

    ·What are the recent technological changes that could be added to legacy telecommunications networks to reduce vulnerability? What action must be taken to enhance the coordination needed for reconstruction?

    17.00

    Chairman’s closing remarks

    17.15

    Close of Day Two

    17.30

    Drinks Reception

    19.30

    Summit Dinner

     

    Day Three: Thursday 28th September 2006

    08.20

    Re-registration and Coffee

    08.50

    Chairman’s opening comments

    CARIBBEAN ORGANISATIONS’ PERSEPCTIVES

    09.00

    Open Forum Debate:

    Identifying regional and national ICT gaps

    Improving interoperability without making acquisitions – the human factor

    ICT, Knowledge Management and reacting to disasters through comprehensive regional strategy

    10.30

    Morning Coffee

    CARIBBEAN STAKEHOLDERS PERSPECTIVES

    11.00

    Open Forum Debate:

    Using ICT for effective Disaster Management:

    What can be taken forward and practically used by the various stakeholders groups to ensure better disaster management in the future?

    12.30

    Working Lunch

    CHARTING THE WAY FORWARD

    13.30

    Perspectives on practically working towards more effective disaster mitigation through the use of ICT:

    What action can each stakeholder take to move nearer to a regional solution?

    ·What are the Governments priorities?

    ·Regulator’s best practices

    ·Private Sector working together

    ·Civil Society achieving their core aims

    ·Regional organisation’s perspectives

    15.30

    Afternoon Tea

    16.00

    Final discussions

    16.50

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    17.00

    End of Forum

     
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