Minister of Communications Sees Development in Intellectual Property as Key to St. Kitts & Nevis Growth
Speaking on the Government's Information programme “Working for You”, Minister with responsibility for Communications & Legal Affairs the Hon. Vincent Byron stated that he sees Intellectual Property as being key to the Federation's development.
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Bajan Women Launch Dining Portal
Three female entrepreneurs have collaborated to create an online portal that brings chefs and cooks together with people from across the Caribbean and the world for shared dining experiences.
Heather Barker, Deidre Brathwaite and Denise Mongerie-Rogers jhave worked together to bring Isle&Dine to market via www.isleanddine.com. The trio met in 2013 at a workshop for innovators organized by infoDev, a division of the World Bank.
They came up with the idea of Isle&Dine after Barker found out about a similar initiative in the United States and decided to adapt it for the local market.
“We thought that Barbados needed to diversify its culinary, visitor, and entertainment offerings, and that Isle&Dine would be a great service to bring to market,” she explained.
“Cooks really like the concept and are keen to host guests for meals and earn extra income at the same time,” Barker added.
CARCIP Grenada Offers for EC$150,000 in Grant Funding
Up to EC$150,000 in grant funding is available to Grenadans with businesses or business ideas, through the Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (CARCIP).
CARCIP is a World Bank-funded programme that aims to advance the development of a technology-enabled services industry in the Caribbean region. The grant funding application process will be opened only to technology-enabled businesses and businesses in the technology sector.
“Every business idea starts with a decision to try,” said Alice Bain, project coordinator of CARCIP Grenada. “Many young people have business ideas, many young people want to innovate, but keep their ideas in secret. Ideas in secret die. CARCIP is here to support persons who want to develop and grow their business ideas.”
To help interested person to apply for the grants, CARCIP will run a nationwide series of training workshops. Participants will learn how to prepare the application form for the grant funding, and how to prepare business plans.
Barbados Leads LATAM & Caribbean in ITU Connected Countries Survey
Chief Telecommunications Officer for Barbados Reginald Bourne today disclosed key findings of the 2015 Measuring Information Society Report, during a Press launch of the Report at UN House, Hastings, Christ Church.
The Government official revealed that for the period 2010 to 2015, the island moved up from 38, with an ICT Development Index (IDI) score of 6.4, to number 29, with an IDI score of 7.57, while the world average was 5.03.
“I am happy with Barbados’ performance over the past five years. With a ranking of 29 it means that there are 28 rankings above Barbados so there is room for improvement. In terms of ICT development it is a dynamic process so we cannot rest and say we have arrived,” said Bourne, who further reported that in terms of Internet coverage in the Americas the island fell behind the United States and Canada only.
Sadly, the report did not contain good news for St. Kitts & Nevis, which tumbled 20 places to to 63rd behind neighbour Antigua & Barbuda which climbed four places to 62nd out of 167 countries.
Sylvester Cadette, Programme Officer of the International Telecommunication Union pointed out that this year’s Measuring the Information Society Report showed that 3.2 billion people worldwide are now online, representing 43.4 per cent of the global population.
Cadette went on to say that mobile cellular subscription has reached about 7.1 billion worldwide with 95 per cent of the global population now covered by a mobile cellular signal.
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