CARICOM, Guyana -- Nov. 20, 2010 -- An online information gateway that would add
momentum to efforts geared towards the creation of a
Regional Information Society was launched on
Wednesday November 17 at the Fifth Meeting of the
Regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Steering Committee, in St. Michael, Barbados.
The Caribbean Information Society (CARIB-IS)
Portal was implemented by the Information and
Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)
Programme of the CARICOM Secretariat. The project
was supported by the European Union under the Ninth
European Development Fund to benefit all the
CARIFORUM Member States.
Unveiling the Portal to the Regional ICT Steering
Committee, Portal Manager, ICT4D, CARICOM
Secretariat, Mr. Christopher Lawrence said that the
CARIB-IS Portal could be used as a tool for
measuring the Region’s progress towards the
Information Society through users’ interaction and
consultation on a range of ICT products that will be
available on the Portal.
In this regard, he said the Portal would serve as
an information repository to include, but not be
limited to ICT-related projects, stakeholders,
policies and publications all of which would be
interlinked to facilitate cross referencing.
The information gateway, Mr. Lawrence said, would
feature searchable resources and links to a virtual
audio- visual library accessed via You–Tube (www.youtube.com/caribinfosociety).
He noted that the CARIB-IS Portal would also
serve a vital function in assessing the Region’s
progress towards bridging the digital divide, while
aligning with international ICT benchmarks including
those of the World Summit on the Information Society
The Portal Manager said that he anticipated that
the CARIB-IS Portal would be a dynamic information
gateway that would be enhanced to cater for the
linguistic diversity of the Region, including
English, Spanish, French and Dutch versions of the
content on the portal.
Additional developments would include continued
collaboration with regional organisations, user
interface improvements and content segmentation
which catered for the needs of various interest
groups. Marketing and promotion of the portal via
link exchanges with external websites and portals
would also be necessary, he said.
The CARIB-IS Portal can be accessed via