Republic of Korea to Fund ICT Development at CARICOM Secretariat
The Guyana-based Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is undergoing a major upgrade of its information and communication technology (ICT) capacity which should lead to visible and measurable improvements in its service delivery to Member States and regional institutions.
The Secretariat stated that it received support from the Republic of Korea in this initiative.
“The CARICOM Secretariat Innovation and Digitization Program is a multi-year, multi-donor initiative that is expected to attract funding from major international development partners (IDPs) in the region.
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“The rollout of the program began in 2022 with funding from the Republic of Korea (RoK) amounting to just over USD 460,000. The Korea-funded component will be implemented at the Secretariat over a period of twelve months from this month of June 2022,” the Secretariat announced on Tuesday.
He said the project will strengthen ICT across the Secretariat through the acquisition and installation of information technology infrastructure and equipment upgrades to enhance the capacity of its data center. and its client systems.
The project will support the Secretariat’s ongoing efforts to update its records, knowledge and records management system. Training will also be provided to relevant staff from Member States, regional institutions and the Secretariat in the use and maintenance of equipment, as well as digital management of documents and archives.
The Secretariat said that the Korean component of the Innovation and Digitization Program is funded by the CARICOM-RoK Cooperation Fund, established by CARICOM and the Republic of Korea in 2021.
Since its inception, CARICOM has received support from the Republic of Korea through this fund of just over US$1 million.
In addition to funding to improve ICTs at the Secretariat, CARICOM Member States have also benefited from approximately US$540,000 in support of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to help coordinate the regional response. against the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.
The Secretariat said in a recent engagement with the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Moon-up Sung, the Korean government representative for CARICOM, indicated that the partnership between CARICOM and the Republic of Korea could be further expanded in the years to come.
“Welcoming this statement, Dr. Armstrong Alexis, Assistant Secretary General, said the Republic of Korea is an important partner and friend of CARICOM and the region looks forward to strengthening the partnership. This bodes well for the continued improvement of relations between the governments and peoples of the Republic of Korea and the Caribbean Community,” the Secretariat added.