In terms of Internet, one may say that Port of Spain is the equivalent of Montevideo in the Caribbean region. Why? Because the capital of Trinidad & Tobago is the proud host of key organizations that serve the entire region in the digital development agenda. This is the home of many institutions dedicated to the Caribbean region including the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), CANTO (a non-profit association made up of operators, organizations, companies and individuals in the Information and Communications Technology sector) and the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG). Together, they are our partners in a new initiative called VDECC: Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center for the Caribbean, along with the Latin American and Caribbean Association of ccTLDs (LACTLD).
VDECC was launched last 19 February 2018 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. The initiative aims at building capacity for Caribbean entrepreneurs, and serving as a knowledge and networking resource on digital business opportunities tailored to the region. As a virtual organization, VDECC will make use of online tools to develop its programs, without the need of a physical location.
During the first event, we explored two main topics: "What is a good website and domain name?" and "How to provide sustainable services with Internet tools." We are thankful to the speakers from NIC.bz, Punto2012, ICT pro TT, TTNIC, eMagine, Forward Multimedia and Carigamers for their brilliant presentations and discussions that will soon be posted at www.vdecc.online
VDECC is one of the key projects of the LAC Strategy Plan and we will keep working with our partners and community working groups on the 2018 agenda for the virtual center. Join us in this journey!
For additional information, take a look at some of the coverage of the VDECC launching:
ICANN Spearheading Launch of Virtual DNS Entrepreneurship Center of the Caribbean – Circle ID
ICANN Spearheads Initiative to Build Internet Economy in the Caribbean – Caribbean 360
New Scheme to Teach Caribbean Business People How to Maximize Web Presence – The Kitts Nevis Observer