Global Government Forum launches Caribbean Digital Summit to catalyse government transformation

By on 16/08/2023 | Updated on 16/08/2023
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Global Government Forum has launched a Caribbean Digital Summit that will bring together senior leaders involved in government transformation across the region to Barbados.

Hosted by the prime minister of Barbados, the summit will bring together the region’s national government chief information officers, permanent secretaries involved in digital transformation and departmental digital heads to share their experiences and challenges in order to help achieve effective outcomes and better delivery for citizens.

The roundtable event will be co-located with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union regional ICT Week, together creating a highly impactful and innovative event programme for digital leaders in the region. 

The Caribbean Digital Summit, supported by knowledge partner the Canadian Bank Note Company, will take place on 16 and 17 October, at the start of CTU’s ICT Week. This will allow leaders to travel to Bridgetown for five days of digital discussions and activities that will help accelerate digital transformation and development for the Caribbean region. 

The summit will bring together national and departmental digital chiefs from across the Caribbean for open, informal discussion of the opportunities and challenges around public sector digital transformation, with the aim of allowing senior officials to share their experiences and challenges in order to help achieve effective outcomes and better delivery for citizens.

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Kevin Sorkin, founder and chief executive of Pendragon International Media Ltd, which publishes Global Government Forum and organises the Caribbean Digital Summit, said GGF was proud the inaugural Caribbean Digital Summit would be co-located with CTU’s ICT Week.

“Together we will provide the essential programme of events and activities for the region’s digital leaders to help their transformation and further improve delivery for citizens. We can’t wait to share the interim results of our study of digital transformation in the region and look forward to welcoming the region’s government CIOs for a valuable, successful and effective discussion.” 

Welcoming the aligning of the events, CTU’s secretary general Rodney Taylor said: “This collaboration with the Government of Barbados and Global Government Forum marks a significant milestone for the Caribbean region’s digital development. By combining the Caribbean Digital Summit with the CTU’s ICT Week, we are creating a powerful platform to propel digital transformation and innovation forward. Together, we will empower our digital leaders to address challenges and embrace opportunities, ultimately enhancing the lives of our citizens and driving progress throughout the region.”

Under the theme ‘Embracing a Digital Caribbean: Opportunities for Growth and Innovation’, the CTU’s ICT Week 2023 will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas that bring together stakeholders from various sectors in the Caribbean and beyond, with events also including speakers from technology experts, academics, and representatives from regional and international organisations.

The Caribbean Digital Summit forms part of a Global Government Forum initiative to support digital transformation in the region, with the forthcoming third edition of the Digital Leaders Study also focused on the Caribbean.

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About Richard Johnstone

Richard Johnstone is the executive editor of Global Government Forum, where he helps to produce editorial analysis and insight for the title’s audience of public servants around the world. Before joining GGF, he spent nearly five years at UK-based title Civil Service World, latterly as acting editor, and has worked in public policy journalism throughout his career.

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