GEORGETOWN. Guyana – The Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat says it is undergoing an extensive upgrade of its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) capacity that is expected to lead to visible and measurable improvements in its service delivery to member states and regional institutions.
The Secretariat said that it is receiving support from the Republic of Korea in the new initiative.
“The CARICOM Secretariat Innovation and Digitization Program is a multi-year, multi-donor initiative which is expected to attract funding from the region’s key International Development Partners (IDPs).
“Rollout of the Program started in 2022 with funding from the Republic of Korea (RoK) in the amount of just over US$460,000. The Korean funded component will be implemented at the Secretariat over a period of twelve months beginning this month, June 2022,” the Secretariat announced on Tuesday.
It said that the project funded will strengthen ICT across the Secretariat through the acquisition and installation of Information Technology infrastructure and equipment upgrades for enhanced capacity of its Data Center and Client Systems.
The project will support the Secretariat’s ongoing efforts to update its Document, Knowledge and Records Management System. Training will also be provided for appropriate personnel in Member States, Regional Institutions and the Secretariat in the use and maintenance of the equipment, and in digital document and records management.
The Secretariat said that the Korean component of the Innovation and Digitization Program is being financed from the CARICOM-RoK Cooperation Fund, established by CARICOM and the RoK in 2021.
Since its inception, CARICOM has received support from the RoK through this Fund of just over one million US dollars
In addition to the funding to improve ICT at the Secretariat, CARICOM member states also benefitted from approximately US$540,000 support for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to assist in the coordination of the Regional fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.
The Secretariat said that in a recent engagement with the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Moon-up Sung, the government of Korea’s Representative for CARICOM, indicated that the partnership between CARICOM and the Republic of Korea could be further expanded in the coming years.
“In welcoming this statement, Dr. Armstrong Alexis, Deputy Secretary-General, said that the RoK was an important partner and friend to CARICOM and that the region looks forward to strengthening partnership. This bodes well for the continued enhancement of the relationship between the Governments and peoples of the Republic of Korea and the Caribbean Community,” the Secretariat added.