|Title||Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in the Caribbean - DSMCAR|
Over the last two decade, most of the Government of the Caribbean have embarked on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and regulatory reforms recognizing the need to create better conditions to properly deal with the new issues brought by convergence in the ICT Sector.
The "Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in the Caribbean" project aims at building on the platform and dynamism created in the region by the ITU-EC "Enhancing the competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures" (HIPCAR) project and is designed to support the Caribbean countries among the ACP Group of States to move into the convergence era with updated regulatory and legal frameworks, and, in particular, with the more appropriate skills within their bodies involved in ICT dispute settlement (the Judiciary as well as the Regulatory Authority, the Ministry having competence in ICT dispute settlement and, if any, the Ombudsman), hereinafter referred as "Dispute Settlement Bodies" to handle disputes in the ICT sector. It will provide responses to challenges that beneficiary countries will face during implementation of harmonized ICT environment
It will address the need for building human and institutional capacity of these bodies (with particular attention to improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution) through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures as well as through the development of specific tools, with the goal of fostering an enabling and competitive environment conducive to necessary investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and services.
The ICT Regulatory Decisions Clearinghouse (ICTDec) serving as repository of ICT regulatory decisions will be updated to enable the dispute settlement bodies to refer to decisions taken by other dispute settlement bodies on similar issues (jurisprudence), be more responsive and capable of resolving ICT related disputes.
This objective is in line with the objectives of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
|Funding||Call For Partners|
|Financial Scale (CHF)||N/A|