Saint Lucia will be host to the next regional gathering of technology experts as part of a move to accelerate digital transformation in the Eastern Caribbean. 

The Saint Lucia ICT Week will be a five-day program scheduled for September 11 to 15. It will bring together business leaders, government officials, ICT professionals, academics, and members of civil society, alongside local, regional, and international experts to explore practical ways in which public policy changes, business initiatives and technical training can together address the challenges hindering growth and development. 

The initiative is being organized by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), and the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), in collaboration with Government of Saint Lucia, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet Society, and the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

“This regional initiative brings together a diverse group of local, regional, and international stakeholders to tackle the key issues that impede technology-enabled development in the region,” said Bevil Wooding, Director of Caribbean Affairs at ARIN and co-founder of CaribNOG. 

Albert Daniels, Senior Manager for Stakeholder Engagement for the Caribbean at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), described the upcoming event as an opportunity for a broad cross-section of stakeholders to help shape the future of Internet development for Saint Lucia and the wider region. 

“We are looking forward to helping enhance Saint Lucia’s capacity to leverage technology to create employment and accelerate economic growth,” said Gerry George, Commissioner, Saint Lucia National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and chair of the local organizing committee for the event.