July 18th, 2016
Port of Spain, 18 July 2016 – The Honourable Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Public Administration and Communications for Trinidad & Tobago has congratulated the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) for its new strategic goals in areas such as ICT regulation and Cybersecurity.
Shola Taylor, Secretary-General, CTO and Honourable Minister Maxie Cuffie, Minister of Public Administration and Communications, Trinidad & Tobago.
Minister Cuffie discussed these key areas of work with CTO Secretary-General, Mr Shola Taylor, at a meeting in Port of Spain on 13 July 2016, ahead of the CTO’s Broadband Caribbean Forum 2016.
The Secretary General congratulated Minister Cuffie on his assumption of responsibility for a converged portfolio. He also used the occasion to outline the CTO’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 and to highlight the Country Action Plan developed by the CTO to assist Trinidad and Tobago in pursuing its ICT ambitions.
“This is my opportunity to discuss the ICT priorities of Trinidad and Tobago and identify areas in which the CTO can assist our long-standing member and holder of the office of First Vice Chairman of the Council” said Mr Taylor. “I was interested in hearing of Minister Cuffie’s ambition to expand the use of ICTs within the Public Sector and commend him for establishing an ICT Steering Committee to advance this objective”
Minister Cuffie, in extending a warm welcome to the Secretary General, noted the CTO’s initiative to conduct a global study on Over the Top Operators (OTTs). “I am extremely interested to learn of the CTO’s strategic plan for the next four years and how it is relevant to the development of the country’s ICT sector,” Minister Cuffie remarked. “I would also like to commend the Organisation for the timely hosting of a conference on broadband, with a focus on the specific needs of the Caribbean.”
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The Broadband Caribbean Forum 2016 opened on 14 July 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad to examine the importance of broadband to 21st Century life in the Caribbean and discuss how broadband can be rolled out to make connectivity available and affordable for all in the region.
About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of information and communication technologies. Although our history can be traced back to 1901 with the establishment of the Pacific Cable Board, the organisation has only existed in its present form as an intergovernmental treaty organisation since 1967. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, small island developing states, and more recently also the private sector and civil society, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs. More information about us here