Enhancing Competitiveness in the Caribbean through the Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures (HIPCAR)
This project has been conceived by ITU, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the CTU in response to requests from CARICOM States and other ICT stakeholders who saw the need for a more unified approach to the subject. CARICOM has recognized that ICTs have a major role to play in the development and further integration of CARICOM states, especially in the context of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Caribbean countries as a whole have moved to liberalize their telecommunications sectors, but different approaches have been used. While some commonalities exist, the policies, legislation and regulatory practices across the Caribbean reflect the different experiences and circumstances in the region. The HIPCAR project is intended to address these issues and assist Caribbean countries in adopting a more harmonized approach to ICT policy, legislation and regulation taking account of these experiences and of best practices in the region and around the world.
The Caribbean Harmonization Project is designed to support Caribbean countries in improving their competitiveness by harmonizing approaches to ICT development. It will bring together Caribbean governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, regional and international organizations involved in ICT. The project will provide guidelines for harmonized policies, legislation, technical matters and regulatory procedures and processes.