The 2-day workshop is being hosted at the conference facilities of NEMA, National Emergency Management Agency), from today, Monday 30th to Tuesday 31st May.
It is being organized by the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis, through its 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.
The workshop is said to be a critical element of phase 2 and is intended to provide a forum for local stakeholders in St. Kitts & Nevis, 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 three main objectives.
It will seek to review the legal framework adopted by St. Kitts & Nevis to confirm the compatibility of the HIPCAR model legislative texts and to draft legislation for the various work areas, within the framework of the national legal and regulatory environment.
It is also designed to provide capacity building for stakeholders involved in e-Crime, Interception of Communications and e-evidence