BACKGROUND

The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance (IG), initially focussed on the proceedings of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).  The forum has since met annually and has delivered significant and pioneering benefits to the region including formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework; the proliferation of Internet exchange points (IXPs); capacity building in IG Principles and best practices; and growth in Caribbean influence in international IG fora. The CIGF is the longest running Internet Governance Forum in the world.

This year, the 18th CIGF will feature a Youth IGF and the CIGF will also be held jointly with the inaugural Internet Governance Forum for Small Island Developing States (SIDS IGF). Having been discussed as a goal of the DC-SIDS for quite a few years, the SIDS IGF was catalysed by an intervention and offer of support by the CTU SG in 2021. Support for the idea grew given the realisation that SIDS worldwide share similar development challenges and there existed no collective IG forum that addressed SIDS-specific issues. The CIGF will provide functional input and logistical support to the inaugural SIDS IGF to facilitate its successful launch and ultimate sustainability.

CIGF OBJECTIVES

The 18th CIGF will address various work streams of Internet governance necessary to seize the waning, COVID-19-related opportunity for accelerated digital transformation. It will also actively foster input on issues relevant to young persons and continue work to update the regionally harmonised policy framework for Internet governance

  • Consider Internet governance policies and initiatives for priority attention to facilitate ICT-driven social and economic development
  • Foster inputs from young persons on IG issues of relevance to the Caribbean
  • Review regional vision, priorities and approaches for sustainably building and/or strengthening consensus and action on IG issues in the Caribbean
  • Build national capacity and systems in IG to enable, support, strengthen and sustain effective Caribbean participation and representation at regional and global Internet Governance fora


SIDS IGF OBJECTIVES

  • Establish a platform and ongoing process where SIDS can become involved, can collaborate, cooperate, share experiences and have their voices heard re: issues arising from and impacts on their countries by IG, Internet Policy and the Digital Economy without necessarily having to “join” an entity (e.g. the DC-SIDS)
  • Create a globally visible, recognized and reputable platform for engagement, discussion, cooperation, and collaboration and consensus-building (and even possible decision making) for SIDS Internet Governance, Internet Policy and Digital Economy issues.
  • Highlight and seek solutions for the critical issues facing SIDS from the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS in the Digital Economy 
  • Consider and identify appropriate initial governance, procedural and operational mechanisms for effectively addressing and achieving the desired objectives.

TARGET AUDIENCE

All the following stakeholder groups of the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea) regions:

  • Academia
  • Civil society
  • Government policy makers and IT Managers
  • Internet users
  • Internet service providers and Telecommunications operators
  • International organisations
  • ICT Regulators

Agenda

Wed, Aug 24

09:00 AM

01:00 PM

Speakers

21 Speakers

Rodney Taylor
Rodney Taylor

Secretary-General at CTU

Nigel Cassimire
Nigel Cassimire

Deputy Secretary-General at Caribbean Telecommunications Union

Hon Minister Simon Kofe
Hon Minister Simon Kofe

Min. of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs

Vêlayoudom MARIMOUTOU
Vêlayoudom MARIMOUTOU

SECRETARY GENERAL at COMMISSION DE L'OCEAN INDIEN - INDIAN OCEAN COMMIS

Mr. Amandeep Singh Gill
Mr. Amandeep Singh Gill

Envoy on Technology at United Nations

Dr. Andrea Giacomelli
Dr. Andrea Giacomelli

Aid-for-Trade and Trade Policy Advisor at PIFS

Dr. Tereza Horejsova
Dr. Tereza Horejsova

Outreach Manager at The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE)

Bevil Wooding
Bevil Wooding

Director, Caribbean Affairs at ARIN

Albert Daniels
Albert Daniels

Senior Manager Stakeholder engagement - The Caribbean at ICANN

Ms. Winifred Kula
Ms. Winifred Kula

PNG Digital ICT Cluster & eNova Software Solution

Ms. Priscilla Kevin
Ms. Priscilla Kevin

Co-founder and Board Member at PNG DIGITAL ICT CLUSTER INC.

Maureen Hilyard
Maureen Hilyard

ALAC Chair at ICANN (ALAC Chair); PICISOC

Letitia Masaea
Letitia Masaea

PICISOC Board Chair at Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society

Daniel John
Daniel John

Arima at The University of the West Indies

Jeremy Baksh
Jeremy Baksh

Student at The University of the West Indies

Saajid Baksh
Saajid Baksh

Tyler Seudath
Tyler Seudath

Associate Professional at UWI

Xavier Jhon-Clair
Xavier Jhon-Clair

Barbados Community Technology Programme

Cherie Lagakali
Cherie Lagakali

Senior Advisor Pacific Cyber at GFCE

Dalsie Green Baniala Tolang
Dalsie Green Baniala Tolang

Telecommunications Regulatory Advisor at Bureau of Communications

Mr. Peter Rigamoto
Mr. Peter Rigamoto

Head of Legal and Regulatory at Digicel Pacific HUB Markets

Partners

4 Partners

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Caribbean Telecommunications Union

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Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

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Caribbean Youth Internet Governance Forum

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Small Island Developing States Internet Governance Forum

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Caribbean Internet Governance Forum & Small Island Developing States Internet Governance Forum

Aug 24 - 26, 2022