Department of Technology to Host Stakeholder Consultation

The review will come in the form of a stakeholder consultation workshop which will be held on 30-31 May 2011 from 9am to 3pm at the NEMA Conference Room, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

The consultation is being organized and implemented by the Department of Technology in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)/EC joint project for “Enhancing Competitiveness in the Caribbean through the Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures (HIPCAR)”.

The HIPCAR project is aimed at developing and promoting a harmonized approach to policies, legislation and regulations to address issues in the information society in the areas of Electronic Transactions, Electronic Evidence, and Interception of Communications, Electronic Crimes, Privacy and Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Telecommunications as well as building human capacity in the ICT field.

In the first phase of the project, a team of experts from across the Caribbean region and internationally, worked closely with regional stakeholders through a series of consultation, one of which was hosted here in St. Kitts in July 2010. As a result, model policies and legislative text were developed by consensus and in accordance with international best practices. In Stage 2 of the project, beneficiary countries will transpose these model policies and legislations into national policies and legislations taking into consideration local conditions and requirements.

This workshop is a critical element of phase 2 and is intended to provide a forum for local stakeholders to participate in consultations with local and international experts on proposed amendments to the Electronic Crimes Act 2009, Interception of Communications Act 2011 and the Electronic Evidence Bill 2010. In addition, provide an input in the drafting process to finalize the regulations. In so doing, the workshop will seek to achieve a wide range of objectives.


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