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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as a Vehicle for economic development: challenges facing the caribbean common Market (carIcoM) States

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as a Vehicle for economic development: challenges facing the caribbean common Market (carIcoM) States
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Author(s): Patrick I. Jeffers (Iowa State University, USA) and Rhoda Joseph (Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 2
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch368
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

This paper proposes to examine the potential of information and communications technology (ICT) as a vehicle for promoting the economic objectives of the Caribbean region and specifically those of the Caribbean Common Market (CARICOM) member states. Among the expressed objectives of CARICOM is “the strengthening, coordination and regulation of economic and trade relations in order to promote accelerated, harmonious and balanced development.(Palmer 2002)” Understanding and appraising the nature of the challenges to be faced in leveraging the potential of ICT for the economic development of the region is a critical contribution to this cause. The current standing members are: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

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