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Digicel Urges Young Smartphone Videographers To Film And Win

In preparation for the observance of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in May, the 10th Annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Video Competition was launched in Jamaica, and  Digicel is challenging students from ages 15 to 18 to submit an  entry to the Video Competition for a chance to win trip to Puerto Rico, tablets and cash prizes.

Using a smartphone or video camera, each participant must create a three (3) minute video under the theme: "Inspiring ICT Innovations: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through Sustainable Strategic Partnerships".

Students are encouraged to use their creativity to demonstrate how Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) inspires innovative ideas, products and services; and fosters entrepreneurship by utilizing and encouraging partnerships in their country.

Digicel Head of Public Relations, Elon Parkinson, encouraged interested persons to, "Get creative. Stretch the boundaries of your imagination. Be bold. Be different. But, most of all, do your research and come up with a video that could go viral!"

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CDB Supports Drive For Better Data To Boost Caribbean Development

In 2012, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved financing for a collaborative project with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. The project involved enhancing the capacity of countries in the Region and the OECS Commission to compile and disseminate data on human development.

The Implementation of DevInfo and Strengthening Capacity to Manage for Results project, guides beneficiaries on the effective use of the features of DevInfo, a robust tool that can be used to monitor and report on their progress on Caribbean-specific Millennium Development Goals and other development indicators and targets.

Representatives from statistics agencies in the participating countries  gathered in Barbados for the Project’s Midterm Review Meeting, chaired by Edward Greene, Division Chief, Technical Cooperation Division. During the opening session Greene noted, “The Midterm Review is important for you as beneficiaries and for CDB, UNICEF and CARICOM as this occasion provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved, what needs to be completed and what needs to be improved.”

“The DevInfo platform that this project is focusing on provides an opportunity to address this emerging agenda that our region is dealing with. The  platform is needed now, more than ever, because of the urgency of requirements for data, because of the urgency of requirements for evidence-based decision making,” said Muriel Mafico, Deputy Representative, UNICEF.

“DevInfo will play a very important part in the tracking and dissemination of progress in achievement of SDGs. CDB is committed to this process. We intend to continue to work with our development partners to forge a partnership to track and to implement the Sustainable Development Goals,” added Monica La Bennett, Deputy Director, Corporate Planning, CDB.

Partners encouraged participants to continue making good use of DevInfo to support evidence-based decision making as they work toward achieving development goals.

Underscoring the importance of the timely capture of accurate data Dr. Philomen Harrison, Project Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat, stressed “This software will be as powerful a tool as the data it contains. The success of the project will depend on the combined effort and commitment of the producers of the statistics as well as the users in maintaining the system and in encouraging the use of the system,” 

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Female Entrepreneurs in St. Lucia to Receive Training in Digital Marketing

At least twenty female entrepreneurs will receive training in Digital Marketing under the Saint Lucian Women & Girls in ICT Campaign, which is a joint initiative of the Saint Lucia Coalition of Services & Industry (SLCSI) and the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) in St. Lucia.

The Women & Girls in ICT Campaign was developed as a means to dismantle barriers preventing equal opportunities for growth and development in ICT. The campaign will result in young girls and women receiving specific support and opportunities to be educated and engaged in ICT tools. The outcome of which is greater empowerment in ICT and the ability to pass on these skills and knowledge to a wider sector of the St. Lucian community.

Entrepreneurs at the training workshop will learn how to boost their ability to engage with customers through social media, increase sales and revenue through their enhanced ability to market their products and services.Digital Marketing involves the promotion of products or services via one or more forms of electronic media and has become one of the most impactful marketing tools for entrepreneurs. Direct Marketing allows entrepreneurs to not only reach a large number of their target audience efficiently but also cost effectively.

According to SLCSI Executive Director Yvonne Agard, training is an early component of the Women and Girls in ICT campaign, the official launch of which is deliberately set for April, the month dedicated to the international observance of Girls in ICT.

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