SIDS4 seeks to accelerate Universal Meaningful Connectivity in Small Island Developing States


American University of Antigua, Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda…

A high-level matchmaking event aimed at connecting stakeholders, development partners, and the private sector to deliver concrete commitments for digital connectivity projects in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was held during the SIDS4 conference hosted in St. John’s, Antigua.

The event marked a significant initiative focused on enhancing digital connectivity in SIDS, bringing together various stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, private sector entities, and civil society, to collaborate on projects and initiatives aimed at improving access to digital technologies and services in SIDS.

The distinguished high-level panel and discussants included the H.E. Melford Nicholas, Minister of Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs), Utilities, and Energy of Antigua and Barbuda, H.E. Naadir Hassan, Minister of Finance, National Planning & Trade, Republic of Seychelles, Ms. Lisa Simrique Singh, UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritius and Seychelles, Mr. Rodney Taylor, Secretary-General, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Ms. Kimberly Brown, Head of Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation, GSMA, and Ms. Hermina Johnny, Founder, Aspire Artemis Foundation.

The meeting was expertly moderated by Dr. Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau at ITU, who engaged both panelists and discussants on the status of ICTs in their respective territories, exploring their current situations, historical contexts, and future aspirations.

Building on ITU’s core mandate and work in SIDS, the high-level session underscored the critical importance of universal and meaningful connectivity for social and economic development, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event also served as a platform to showcase ITU’s commitment and concrete initiatives to support SIDS in their connectivity journey.

Prominent policymakers and practitioners shared their experiences, challenges, and solutions to accelerate progress towards universal and meaningful connectivity, particularly in the context of SIDS.

During the interactive discussion, it was emphasized that ITU is actively working to connect pledge makers and development partners with SIDS stakeholders to deliver concrete commitments, shape specific projects, and support countries and communities. The focus is on mobilizing collective action and resources to accelerate progress towards achieving universal and meaningful digital connectivity in SIDS, thereby contributing to the socio-economic development and sustainable growth of

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