Enhancing the Internet Economy of Small Island Development States (SIDS) - A Caribbean View


Session 323

14:30–16:15, Thursday, 15 June 2017 Room C1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop

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This panel focuses on the challenges of Small Island Development States (SIDS), a prioritised group of countries in the 2030 Agenda, in removing barriers to connectivity. Of specific focus of the panel is the experience from the Caribbean region, and the efforts needed to remove barriers and stimulate better access in the region. It describes which “Caribbean” we are talking about and what measures could be taken to enhance the Internet economy.

The recent report published by the Internet Society entitled: “Unleashing the Internet in the Caribbean: Removing Barriers to Connectivity and Stimulating better Access in the Region, forms the basis for this discussion.


The challenges include are:

·      clear and forward looking policy and regulatory frameworks;

·      greater private-sector participation and innovation;

·      initiatives that foster greater public participation;

·      ICTs projects that are properly aligned with countries’ need and priorities;

·      A regional approach and system of collaboration. 




·      Government 

·      Telecoms operator/ISP 

·      IXP 

·      inter-governmental

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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