The event was organized by the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) in collaboration with the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) with the aim of encouraging local content providers to connect at the Internet Exchange point (IXP). This would allow these content providers to deliver content such as live streaming, Government and other locally hosted services more efficiently to their audience and will also encourage the development of local content by new entrants and entrepreneurs.
An Internet Exchange Point improves the efficiency of the Internet by creating shorter paths for information to flow. The Saint Lucia Internet Exchange Point named SLiX, was launched on February 28th, 2014 and has been recording a steady increase in locally routed traffic. This workshop is part of a series of activities under the CARCIP project aimed at the continued growth of the ICT industry in Saint Lucia.
A similar exercise was conducted in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Through CARCIP, the governments of these three countries have been working toward harmonizing the development and improvement of their Information and Communications Technology or ICT Sector.