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Trinidad Shares ICT Experiences with Zimbabwe
Source: Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/businessday/0,127639.html
Source Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Created: Sep 24, 2010

A multi-sectoral delegation from Trinidad and Tobago are in Southern Africa to share technology development experiences with counterparts at an international conference organised by Trinidad-based non-profit, Congress WBN (C-WBN).

The delegation has travelled to Harare, Zimbabwe for the C-WBN Forum for Ethical Nations Development, an international conference themed “Strategies for Economic Development & Social Transformation through ICTs”.

The conference was organised by C-WBN, with the support of the Governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe. It began yesterday and concludes today.

The TT delegation includes Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration Arlene McComie; CEO of the Trinidad & Tobago ICT company Cleveland Thomas; managing director of Teleios Systems and deputy chairman of the e-Business Round Table Ronald Hinds and secretary general of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union Bernadette Lewis.

C-WBN has invited officials from TT Government, the Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union to join in showcasing Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean’s achievements in e-government and ICT.

Once in Harare, they will hold meetings with high-level Government officials from several Southern African states.

Zimbabwe ICT Minister, Nelson Chamisa, expressing his country’s strong support for the event, said Zimbabwe was looking forward to learning more from the Trinidad and Tobago experience.

In May 2010, Chamisa was among several Zimbabwe Government officials who travelled to Trinidad to observe the local public sector reform process and Trinidad’s ICT initiatives, through a country visit facilitated by C-WBN president and founder, Dr Noel Woodroffe.

The Zimbabwe Government delegation were impressed by Trinidad and Tobago’s technology initiatives.

Dr Woodroffe said over the past decade Congress has worked extensively across the African continent conducting leadership seminars, male empowerment initiatives, community projects and other development interventions.

“The Forum in Zimbabwe continues C-WBN’s demonstrated commitment to values-based development at home and across the nations,” Dr Woodroffe stated.

According to its Web site, C-WBN comprises eight sectors of strategic operations involving networks of professional groups, educational institutions, businesses, churches, individual national leaders and university students. The nonprofit organisation, established in Trinidad in 1993, now operates in over 90 nations and promotes what it terms “ethical initiatives for nations development”. “We depend heavily on technology for our global operations, and we have learnt that when hinged to a clear vision, technology can be a powerful catalyst in advancing national development,” said Bevil Wooding, C-WBN Chief Knowledge Officer.

Wooding, who was recently appointed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as one of only seven global gatekeepers of the Internet, is the man responsible for C-WBN’s global technology initiatives. Wooding played a key role in crafting the agenda for the event and coordinating the event in Zimbabwe.

“We will be drawing from our experiences to highlight why development has to be set within context of leadership vision and ethical stewardship of national resources,” he stated.

This unique joint initiative between the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe is expected to bring tremendous benefit to both countries.
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