A roundup of the latest ICT/technology news from across the Caribbean region for the period Monday 29 July to Sunday 4 August 2019.


Monday, 29 July 2019

Global data protection seminar held in The Bahamas

Bahamas – In a first of its kind event, compliance officers met in a half-day seminar to discuss how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is changing the way businesses source and safeguard clients’ personal information and what’s required of local banking institutions, insurance companies, investment firms and even health care facilities to remain compliant… more

Govt’s Training Focus To Underpin Tech Hub

Bahamas – The government is focusing on education and training to help build the skilled workforce necessary to underpin its technology hub ambitions, a Cabinet minister says… more

Several new tech firms approved, being considered for GB

Bahamas – New technology companies continue to show interest in Grand Bahama, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said on Friday, adding that four are under consideration by the Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA)… more

Skilled Workforce Is ‘Critical For Tech Hub

Bahamas – Transforming Grand Bahama into a “technology hub” involves far more than attracting investors, a Cabinet minister has conceded, with developing a skilled workforce “a critical part” of its plans… more

10 students in ICT internship with MOPT company partners

Guyana – Ten students from junior secondary schools in Georgetown began a ground-breaking paid five-week internship with the four leading private sector information communication and technology (ICT) enterprises in Guyana, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications (MOPT) said Monday… more

Facial recognition technology poses risk of rights abuse

Guyana – Dear Editor,  On Saturday July 27th, 2019, the media reported on a real time facial recognition and facial tracking system to be deployed for 24 hours surveillance in Georgetown and East Bank of Demerara… more

Editorial | Wary Of Israel’s Spyware

Jamaica – The electronic monitoring of motor vehicles for road-traffic management and related law-enforcement purposes is common practice in many countries… more

Health + Tech | The Value Of Change Management In IT Implementation

Jamaica – I was once on site doing an initial tour of one of our prospective information technology (IT) implementations. We had just signed the contract and so decided to do a walk-through to have a more complete view of what to expect once we got started… more

‘JUTC Wi-Fi Closely Monitored’

Jamaica – The third-party partner responsible for public Wi-Fi service on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses is insisting that adequate safeguards are in place to block inappropriate content… more

Digital, safe and secure

Regional – Blockchain, also referred to as distributed ledger, has captured the interest of business leaders, governments, academics and tech providers across the globe… more


Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Guyana Telecommunications Market Size, Segmentation, Strategy, Share, Growth Factors, Analysis and Forecast to 2019-2025

Guyana – Guyana Telecom outlook report is a comprehensive analytical research on the Guyana’s cellular, fixed telephone and fixed broadband segments… more

Ministry strives for digital education system

Trinidad and Tobago – THE Ministry of Education expects that by early next year, the education system will be digitally transformed, in alignment with technological innovations occurring around the world… more


Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Data Protection Act will ‘end abuse of digital lives’

Barbados – The days of Barbadians’ data been misused are coming to an end, Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland, has pledged… more

Credit Master Systems Launches App

Belize  The Complaint Information System, or CMS, is an essential partner in the economic growth and development of Belize… more

Disaster preparedness network bolstered, less need to rely on imperfect mobile devices

British Virgin Islands – After roughly two years of relying primarily on their mobile devices, emergency officers across some government departments now have a more resilient way of communicating in the event of a disaster… more

Automated kiosks in works for airport security

Cayman Islands – An automated kiosk system for immigration and border control is expected to be piloted for travellers entering Owen Roberts International Airport… more

Digicel launches new range of mobile plans with ‘a lot more value’

Dominica – Digicel, on Wednesday, launched a new range of mobile plans that will be giving customers a lot more value in the form of data, minutes to call other networks and unlimited Digicel calling effective Wednesday 31 July 2019… more

OUR Accused Of Overreach – Telecoms Push Back Against Some ‘Shock Bill’ Mandates

Jamaica – Jamaica’s large telecom providers have separately accused the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) of overreach and are warning that its new directives could be costly to implement, amid a push by the regulator for the sector to be more open with customers about billing practices… more

Caribbean Airlines launches mobile app

Regional – Caribbean Airlines launched the latest of its digital products, the Caribbean Airlines Mobile App, designed for use by IOS and Android devices and features an array of tools to enhance the customers’ travel experience… more

Caribbean credit unions encouraged to use technology to improve customer experience

Regional – Tectonic shifts are taking place in the financial services sector as technology-enabled innovations continue to change how customers do business… more

2019 Future Of St. Kitts and Nevis Telecommunications Market-Trends, Outlook and Growth Opportunities of Mobile, Fixed Landline and Broadband Markets

Saint Kitts and Nevis – The St. Kitts and Nevis Telecommunications report – 8th series from OGAnalysis provides a complete view of the St. Kitts and Nevis telecom ecosystem along with trends and growth factors shaping the future of the market… more


Thursday, 1 August 2019

Data breaches prompt cybersecurity tightening – IT expert

Barbados – With recent data breaches at banks here and a regional government, an information technology expert has warned Government and companies to pay greater attention to cybersecurity… more

Website to help you stay safe online

Barbados – Barbadians who want to stay safe while navigating the World Wide Web now have a resource to help them do so… more

Attorney launches Caseload App to improve efficiency in legal industry

Jamaica – Lawyers will get the opportunity to digitise their cases with a new mobile application called Caseload, the brainchild Ano Miller Sewell… more

USF offers second chance to unattached youth with technology programme

Jamaica – SIX hundred unattached youth will get the opportunity to restructure their lives through the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), at the start of the upcoming academic year… more

Digicel T&T remains financially stable

Trinidad and Tobago – Dig­i­cel T&T is not in fi­nan­cial trou­ble and no re­struc­tur­ing of the com­pa­ny is con­tem­plat­ed at this point in time… more

Does TATT have teeth?

Trinidad and Tobago – THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS Authority (TATT) was set up under law with a wide mandate… more


Friday, 2 August 2019

BTC Labour Relations ‘Not Beyond Repair’

Bahamas – Union leaders say labour relations at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) are not beyond repair provided management treats the workers with “respect”… more

Belmopan can do well with technological businesses

Belize – The Belmopan Rotary Club held a meeting on Tuesday at Scotchies Belize Restaurant in Belmopan. It was a meaningful meeting since it gave members an opportunity to prepare for Belmopan Day, which has been scheduled for August 3rd at the Mae Gordon Park in Belmopan… more

Digi Signature Store Doors are Open

Belize – Belize Telemedia Limited opened its office at the newly built Mirab building on the Northern Highway…more

Joe Waight Confirms Audit of B.T.L.’s GST Payments

Belize – An audit of Belize Telemedia Limited to determine whether it owes anything in taxes to the GST Department is underway and nearing completion… more

No Jumping the Gun: Fin Sec Says BTL Audit Should be Completed Soon

Belize – Turning back now to our interview with the Financial Secretary, we also asked him about the ongoing audit by the General Sales Tax Department to determine whether or not BTL owes them taxes… more

Rochus Schreiber Knew He Would Not Remain B.T.L. C.E.O

Belize – Two days after news broke of B.T.L.’s purported multi-million dollar debt; the resignation of C.E.O. Rochus Schreiber was announced… more

Will BTL audit report shows it owes GST?

Belize – In late June, a document purportedly being (BTL VO) financials of almost thirty million dollars owing to GST by  Belize Telemedia Limited was leaked to the media… more

Tougher penalties: Cybercriminals blackmailing local parents with lewd content of children

British Virgin Islands – Reporting a number of cases involving minors being blackmailed over lewd photos and videos, Premier Andrew Fahie has said the 2019 amendments to the territory’s Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act is proposing penalties of more than a decade in prison and/or fines of up to half-a-million dollars… more

Transforming Jamaica’s BPO Industry – Why GSS Is Needed In 2019

Jamaica – Business process outsourcing, BPO, has taken its place in the global business landscape as one of the fastest growing sectors… more

The price of digital

Jamaica – IF you are on Instagram or Facebook , I am certain you noticed the eerily real photos of friends in your feed last week. The only thing is they looked decades older… more

RBL hit with technological issues

Trinidad and Tobago – Cus­tomers of Re­pub­lic Bank Lim­it­ed had to en­dure long lines and at times could not com­plete their trans­ac­tions as the bank was hit by ‘tech­no­log­i­cal prob­lems’ af­fect­ing its cus­tomer trans­ac­tions, in­clud­ing mo­bile and In­ter­net bank­ing… more


Saturday, 3 August 2019


Belize – At the end of June, two years after he took over as Chief Executive Officer at BTL, and just two days after an explosive allegation that BTL owed GST $29M in unpaid taxes, the announcement came that Rochus Schreiber was department the company… more

Tech guru found temporary home in Cuba while running for president and running from trouble

Cuba – Rogue tech guru John McAfee is campaigning for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, and his headquarters earlier this summer was a yacht at the Marina Hemingway, west of Havana… more

Huawei announces profits, backs TT digital transformation

Trinidad and Tobago – Huawei’s business has remained robust in the first half of 2019… more


Sunday, 4 August 2019


Barbados – Barbadians are being warned of the risks of exposing their personal information online… more

‘Scaling with AI’—Let the discussions begin

Jamaica– The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean (Branson Centre) in partnership with the US Embassy Kingston’s Public Affair Section kicked off the launch of their series of fireside chats with ‘Scaling with AI’ on Wednesday (July 31) at the USEmbassy in Kingston… more

To Airbnb, or not to Airbnb

Jamaica – The advent of Airbnb has brought forth countless options for the discerning individual seeking a memorable but less expensive vacation or staycation for destinations across the world… more

Yaneek Page | The Art Of Personal Branding Online

JamaicaQUESTION: That story about how one of your readers was able to take your advice and triple her income was very inspiring. I read it and it is like my life story, without the happy ending. I am so frustrated in my current job… more



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