CARICOM | CARICOM partners with South Korea to upgrade its ICT platform

CARICOM | CARICOM partners with South Korea to upgrade its ICT platform


CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Georgetown, Guyana - 21 June 2022  -  The Caribbean Community Secretariat  has partnered with the Republic of Korea to undertake an extensive upgrade of its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) capacity, in an effort to better serve the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

A statement from the Secretariat today, pointed out that  the CARICOM Secretariat’s  Digitisation Programme is a multi-year, multi-donor initiative which is expected to attract funding from the Region’s key International Development Partners (IDPs).

The ICT upgrade is expected to lead to visible and measurable improvements in its service delivery to Member States and Regional Institutions. 

CARICOM Secretary-General Dr.Carla Barnett CARICOM Secretary-General Dr.Carla Barnett Rollout of the Programme started in 2022 with funding from the Republic of Korea (RoK) in the amount of just over Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand United States Dollars (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 project funded by the RoK 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 Korean component of the Innovation and Digitisation Programme is being financed from  the CARICOM-RoK Cooperation Fund, established by CARICOM and the RoK  in 2021. 

Since inception, CARICOM has received support from the RoK  through this Fund of just over One Million United States Dollars (US$ 1,000,000).

CARICOM's Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Armstrong AlexisCARICOM's Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Armstrong AlexisIn addition to the funding to improve ICT at the  Secretariat, CARICOM Member States also benefitted from approximately Five Hundred and Forty Thousand United States Dollars (US$540,000) in 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 Republic of Korea's representative to CARICOM, Ambassador Moon-up Sung, has  indicated that the partnership between the Caribbean Community and the Republic of Korea could be further expanded in coming years.

In welcoming this statement, Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Armstrong Alexis said that the Republic of Korea was an important partner and friend to CARICOM and that the Region looks forward to strengthening partnership.

This, he said, bodes well for the continued enhancement of the relationship between the Governments and peoples of the Republic of Korea and the Caribbean Community.

In the past, the CARICOM Secretariat has also received assistance from the government of India through its Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) a premier research and development organization of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas.

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