After the swearing in ceremony of the new government in February there were questions about the apparent absence of the Ministry of Technology. Apparently, I was foolish enough to air my questions and concern publicly, triggering a wave of criticism and seemingly stoking an already politically charged environment.
The reason I bring the matter up now, is that earlier this week I was quizzed by a businessman about the matter. “Do you still think there should be a Ministry of Technology, Mr. Williams?” he asked. I told him what I’m about to tell you, ‘when I didn’t hear technology named as a ministry, I thought they were going to put technology under the Ministry of Pubic Infrastructure’. Continue reading →
The Telecommunications Regulatory Body for the Eastern Caribbean ECTEL celebrates its 15th Anniversary today. Below is the prepared speech made to mark the occasion.
Address by the Honourable Minister Responsible for Telecommunications on the Occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)
“Committed to Broadband and Open Access in a Digital World”
The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority- ECTEL, turns 15 today and I am pleased, on behalf of my colleagues, to extend warmest congratulations on reaching this milestone. Indeed it was on May 4th 2000, that five OECS Heads of Government took the bold step of signing the Treaty, establishing the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority. Continue reading →
OECS Commission, Castries, St. Lucia, May 3rd, 2015-
Five OECS Member States, Antigua and Barbuda; the Commonwealth of Dominica; Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have successfully launched a Multidimensional project on reducing poverty in the OECS.
The Government of Chile is funding the project top to the tune of EC$2.7 million dollars.
Dr Didicus Jules
Addressing the launch at UN House in Barbados on April 30 2015, OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules noted that the multidimensional approaches to reduce and eradicate poverty will include a paradigm shift which gives respect and voice to the experience of the poor.
The United Nations today commemorated World Press Freedom Day 2015 with a moment of silence for journalists killed in the line of duty, and drew attention to the need for greater gender equality in the media and the safety of journalists in the digital age, where protection from surveillance will become increasingly important.
In advance of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on 3 May and which falls this year on Sunday, the United Nations and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held today in New York a commemoration on this year’s theme, ‘Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age.’ Continue reading →
The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has accepted the recommendations of an international risk management firm to implement reforms in the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme, bolstering its security aspects and increasing its attractiveness to investors.
At a press conference on Tuesday (April 28), Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris said that the services of IPSA International Inc. based in the United States were secured in the last quarter of 2014 by the previous administration to make an independent comprehensive evaluation of the CBI. This was inspired by serious concerns raised by foreign governments including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, which subsequently led to the imposition of visas on St. Kitts and Nevis citizens travelling to Canada. Continue reading →