Thursday, 23 August, 2012 – The Government of Saint Lucia has secured funding to increase access to regional broadband networks and advance the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) through the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP).
Legislators have authorised the Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Honourable Dr Kenny Anthony to access a US$6 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) to provide support for the program.
Prime Minister Anthony says this will ensure that Saint Lucia full fills its commitment given on July 13,2011 to participate in the first phase of the World Bank funded Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program which involves Grenada,Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Essentially it is to increase access to the regional broadband networks and to advance the development of ICT services in Saint Lucia,improve access and affordability to regional broadband networks and generally to advance and develop the ICT sector in our region,I think the ground has been laid very well for us by the creation of ECTEL and I think both governments have found the entity to have worked exceedingly well overtime. I do not believe there is any member of this Honourable House who would not support the need to expand access to broadband services,we badly need to do so and it is that spirit this resolution is being brought before Parliament,it is an initiative of the former government,its a good initiative which we support as there is no question that we need an expansion of broadband services”.
Notwithstanding the Prime Minister noted that funding for the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) would increase the country’s debt portfolio by US$6 million”.