The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has revealed that the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is set to offer the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) assistance in formulating a new ICT policy that will help to establish specific goals, enable national development and clarify government policy on the use of new technology. At a recent press conference Mark Vanterpool, minister for communications and works, welcomed Bernadette Lewis, the secretary general for the CTU to the Virgin Islands (UK), saying: ‘I am pleased to have the secretary general of the CTU grace us with her presence. The CTU will be assisting the BVI in the development of a national ICT policy and will also be partnering with us on our renewable energy initiatives which are one of our ministry’s key areas for work plan development’.
The CTU is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to facilitating the development of the regional telecoms sector. It was established by the heads of government of the Caribbean community in 1989 in Nassau, the Bahamas, and headquartered in Barbados between 1990 and 1993, when it relocated to Trinidad & Tobabgo. Member states currently include: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos and Trinidad & Tobago.