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  • Geneva, Switzerland  31 July 2019
    CANTO2019: Collaboration for inclusive digital transformation

    CANTO2019: Collaboration for inclusive digital transformation

    I attended the 35th Annual CANTO meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad, under the theme "Transitioning to a Digital Region - Opportunities and Challenges". Over 500 participants including ministers, regulators and the private sector attended the conference.

    ITU continues to actively engage with a large number of Caribbean countries on digital transformation issues, from smart cities; e-agriculture; m-payments; e-government, connected health care; digital transition, and more.

    I emphasized that collaboration will be the key ingredient that will bind all our actions on digital transformation into a coherent whole that translates into the ubiquitous, meaningful, people centric connectivity that changes lives.

    I also encouraged all Caribbean nations to establish a National Emergency Telecommunications Plan and to work closely with ITU to deploy ICTs for disaster risk reduction, so that together we can harness the power of technology to protect lives, and livelihoods.

    At the conference, I learnt that Trinidad and Tobago boasts a world number one: the Moruga Scorpion Pepper, which has been ranked by independent experts as the most powerful chili pepper in the world. I likened the formidable power of the Moruga Scorpion to the formidable potential of ICTs to inject a massive surge of power into the global development agenda. ICTs are the powerhouse for growth for every sector, and every economy, worldwide.

    Read my full speech