Latin America and Caribbean

Eastern Caribbean Information and Communications Technology Project (ECICT)

Client: United States Agency for International Development

2001-2004, SEGIR GBTI

Under the USAID Caribbean Regional Program, CARANA put into place a multi-layerd Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) project with the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL), its five member states, and Barbados. This project supported the region's rapid liberalization of the telecommunications market and helped promote ICT for regional economic development. CARANA developed the capacity of one regional and five national regulators to manage full and open competition in the telecommunications market.

Through ECICT, CARANA identified and publicized opportunities and constraints to making information technology a significant sector of the region's economy. The project financed national-level assessments and workshops to mobilize public and private sector collaboration in the development of this sector.

CARANA also conducted an exploratory study of applications for telemedicine in Barbados, set up seven government websites with interactive components, helped develop a cyber institute for the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and preparated legislative packages for competition, broadcasting, and e-commerce. As a result of CARANA's work:

  • The cost of international calls to the US declined in the region, from US$1.21 per minute to US$0.34 per minute
  • Investment in regional ICT nearly doubled, from US$48 million in 2001 to US$89 million in 2003
  • Newly licensed entrants to the telecoms market in the region committed approximately US$35 million of new investment in plants and equipment for services
  • Over 500 new jobs were created in the areas of internet services and customer premises equipment services

Participating countries included St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados.