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Monday, November 16, 2009 – Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities Honourable Guy Joseph, says his Ministry is prepared to spearhead the mission for regional technological unity.


In speaking at the launch of the Saint Lucia leg of the Caribbean ICT Roadshow, Minister Joseph says there should be greater emphasis on bringing the Caribbean together, in light of Information and Communication Technologies.


The region, he says, ought to look to successfully implemented international models in the use of IT Systems, in order to make the inevitable changes.


“Our children go to school everyday and carry big bags on their backs; we are influenced by American culture but we allow the influence to be more negative than positive because there are a lot of positives that we can pick up from these cultures that would help us.”


Minister Joseph says the region must adapt quickly to the ever-changing world of technology if it is to thrive economically and socially.

He believes the telecommunications sector is the first area for reform.


“ I would love to see the region treated as a single region so whether I call Saint Vincent, Grenada, Barbados or Trinidad, I am calling one single space; it is as if I am making a call in Saint Lucia—that is where we need to drive this region using technology.”


The Caribbean ICT Roadshow was held in Saint Lucia through the collaboration of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), and the Ministry of Communications, Works Transport and Public Utilities.

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