ARIN’s Inaugural Caribbean Roundtable Cultivates Support for Internet Development
ARIN held its first Caribbean Roundtable on Wednesday, 19 April 2023, at the conclusion of the ARIN 51 meeting in Tampa, Florida. The inaugural event focused on ARIN’s commitment to supporting Internet development in the Caribbean and provided a forum for participants to discuss priorities, trends, and implications for the region.
ARIN President and CEO John Curran delivers the featured address at the inaugural Caribbean Roundtable.
ARIN President and CEO John Curran delivered the featured address and highlighted the strategic importance of the Caribbean in shaping global Internet policy. He encouraged the Caribbean delegates to increase their participation in the ARIN Policy Development Process. “The Caribbean is a vital part of the global Internet community, and ARIN is committed to working with stakeholders in the region to promote Internet development and growth,” Curran said.
Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretary General Rodney Taylor also presented at the event. He highlighted current initiatives by the CTU to strengthen Internet resilience in the region. He also commended ARIN for its unwavering commitment to supporting Internet development in the Caribbean. “ARIN is a key partner for the Caribbean Telecommunications Union and its member states, and we look forward to continued collaboration in the future,” Taylor said.
ARIN Director of Caribbean Affairs Bevil Wooding presents the objectives of the Caribbean Roundtable.
Sharing ARIN’s plans to expand its outreach and engagement activities in the Caribbean, Director of Caribbean Affairs Bevil Wooding emphasized that ARIN is committed to building stronger partnerships with Caribbean stakeholders and increasing awareness and capacity building throughout the region.
Other speakers at the Roundtable included Peter Harrison, a member of the ARIN Board of Trustees, who encouraged Caribbean delegates to be fully participative in ARIN leadership structures such as the Advisory Council and Board. Michael Abejuela, General Counsel, spoke of the ARIN Justice Forum and its plans to continue outreach to law enforcement, public safety, bar associations, and the judiciary, in collaboration with the Caribbean Agency for Justice Solutions. ARIN Vice President of Government Affairs Einar Bohlin, Senior Government Affairs Analyst Nate Davis, and Senior Director of Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leslie Nobile also spoke.
Peter Harrison, Cofounder and CTO of Colovore and ARIN Board Trustee, discusses the importance of participation in ARIN governance.
Countries represented at the event included: Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Grenada; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Barbados; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Jamaica.
Petipha Lewis, Executive Director of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce, commended ARIN for the Caribbean Roundtable initiative. “The Roundtable provided an excellent forum for stakeholders to discuss important issues and develop strategies for deepening engagement and collaboration,” she said.
Gordon Swaby, Telecoms Engineer in the Research, Policy, Monitoring, and Enforcement Division in the Jamaica Office of Utilities Regulation, also noted the timeliness and relevance of the forum. “ARIN’s Caribbean Roundtable was a valuable opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the region and to explore new ways of working together to promote Internet development,” he said.
The ARIN Caribbean Roundtable provided a platform for important discussions and collaboration among key stakeholders in the Caribbean, and ARIN looks forward to continued engagement with the region.
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