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Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)

Overview

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is an organization dedicated to facilitating the development of the regional telecommunications sector as well as working with Caribbean intergovernmental agencies for capacity building, knowledge sharing, education and policies for Internet governance within the Caribbean.

The CTU maintains a multi-stakeholder approach to the development of regional Internet Governance policy, drawing on the expertise and experiences of policy makers, regulators, service providers, content providers, consumer groups, academia, professionals, end users and other Internet interest groups in the region e.g. the Caribbean Internet Forum (CIF), the Caribbean ICT Virtual Community (CIVIC), CARICOM's Regional Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Steering Committee.

How Does ARIN Participate?

Private Sector, Civil Society Member

Who Can Join And How?

Membership information and application details are available on the CTU website, along with listings of member states and associate members.

Access to Materials

While there is some project material restricted to members, the CTU website contains many documents available to the public. These include a bimonthly newsletter highlighting its activities and those of its partners in the region, an archived public online forum for the exploration of the ideas surrounding Internet Governance, and substantive reports and research findings in support of regional policy makers such as the Regional Rapid Response Initiative. Upcoming meetings and CTU sponsored events are also publicized on the website.

ARIN's Role At the CTU

ARIN has supported the CTU and its multi-stakeholder environment since 2007. In 2012, ARIN formalized this relationship by joining the CTU as a Private Sector - Civil Society member. Through this membership, ARIN provides educational information at Ministerial and ICT Roadshows, collaborates to get the word out about ongoing ICT capacity-building efforts carried out by the CTU, and, where possible, lends resources to reach ARIN's Caribbean community, much of which is served by the CTU. ARIN is proud to be among the diverse government, private sector, and civil society members of the CTU.

CTU Background

The heads of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Governments established the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) by treaty in 1989. At that time, an operator group, the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) were already established and serving various roles in the Caribbean.

The CTU was set up, with the recommendation of Ministers of Telecommunications, to address:

  • the fragmented policy frame of telecommunications sectors of member countries
  • the problems of frequency incompatibility between and among member countries
  • the lack of Caribbean input in major international issues
  • the absence of coordinating machinery to facilitate Caribbean telecommunications development

Location

Caribbean Telecommunications Union
Level 3
Victoria Park Suites
14 -17 Victoria Park
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

Mission

The CTU's mission is "To create an environment in partnership with members to optimize returns from ICT resources for the benefit of stakeholders."

The CTU works to engage its stakeholders in the development of appropriate policies and structures for Internet governance (IG) in the Caribbean. Among its major initiatives are:

  • Caribbean Spectrum Management Policy Reform Project  - implementation of spectrum management policy
  • Caribbean Internet Governance Project – education, IPv6 transition, establishment of Internet exchange points
  • Caribbean Centre of Excellence (CCoE) – network assessments, consultancy and research, technical training, launching regional ICT innovative businesses
  • Connected Caribbean Initiative – education and networking initiatives to facilitate Caribbean connectivity and integration

Membership

The CTU's membership includes 18 Member States and associate state and private sector members.

There are three CTU Membership categories:

  • State Membership: open to any State, which is a Member or Associate Member of CARICOM
  • Associate State Membership: open to any non-CARICOM State within the Caribbean Region or any Member State of the Association of Caribbean States
  • Private Sector Membership: open to any company that is involved in the telecommunications sector

Structure and Organization

CTU comprises:

  • General Conference of Ministers
  • Executive Council
  • Secretariat

A Technical Conference is held annually to provide an opportunity for multi-stakeholder participation in formulating information and telecommunications policy for the region. Representatives from Member states, the private sector, and civil societies attend the Conference.