17th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

August 24, 2021 - August 25, 2021
Venue: Zoom Videoconferencing


The Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance (IG), initially focussed on the proceedings of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).  The forum has since met annually and has delivered significant and pioneering benefits to the region including formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework; the proliferation of Internet exchange points (IXPs); capacity building in IG Principles and best practices; and growth in Caribbean influence in international IG fora. The CIGF is the longest running Internet Governance Forum in the world.   As we are still being affected by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, this year the 17th CIGF will be convened once again via online videoconferencing under the auspices of the CTU. The remote working protocols occasioned by COVID-19 have demonstrated a new urgency for digital transformation. The 17th CIGF will address various work streams of Internet governance necessary to seize this opportunity for accelerated adoption in a trusted and secure manner, and position the Caribbean for sustainable, ICT-driven post-COVID recovery. It will also continue work to update the regionally harmonised policy framework for Internet governance.


  • Consider Internet governance policies and initiatives for priority attention to facilitate COVID-19 response and recovery
  • Review regional vision, priorities and approaches for sustainably building and/or strengthening consensus and action on IG issues in the Caribbean
  • Build national capacity and systems in IG to enable, support, strengthen and sustain effective Caribbean participation and representation at regional and global Internet Governance fora


  • Academia
  • Civil society
  • Government policy makers and IT Managers
  • Internet users
  • Internet service providers and Telecommunications operators
  • International organisations
  • ICT Regulators


TimeDay 1Day 2
AMWelcome & Introduction to Internet GovernanceHot Topics in IG: Affordable Meaningful Connectivity
CIGF @ 17 Reviewing CIGF Vision and Mission
AMNational, Regional & Global IG Contexts: Reports from National IGFs (T&T, SVG, Barbados et al)Report from LACIGFUN IGF and support for National & Regional Initiatives (NRIs)Panel: Foundational Digital ID: The Promise, Perils & Paths    
PMCaribbean Internet Governance: Caribbean IG Policy FrameworkPolicy Priorities for Current and Future AttentionICANN 71 Review and ICANN 72 Outlook   i-Orgs and  Caribbean IG: Collaboration in Action
PMWorkshop Session: Enhancing Caribbean Internet Research and Data for DevelopmentOpen Microphone Conclusions


Provisional Agenda


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Tuesday 24th August 2021 OPENING SESSION
09:00 Welcome & Invocation Mr. Nigel Cassimire – Telecommunications Specialist, CTU
09:05 Welcome Remarks Mr. Rodney Taylor – Secretary General, CTU
09:15 Remarks Mr. Chengetai Masango – Head of Office, UN IGF Secretariat
09:20 Remarks Mr. Bevil Wooding – Director of Caribbean Affairs, ARIN
09:25 Remarks Mr. Kevon Swift – Head of Strategic Relations & Integration, LACNIC
09:30 Remarks Mr. Shernon Osepa – Director – Caribbean Affairs and Development, Internet Society (ISOC)
09:35 Remarks Mr. Albert Daniels – Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement (Caribbean), ICANN
09:40 CIGF @ 17 : What We’ve Done, Current Initiatives and What’s Next Mr. Nigel Cassimire – Telecommunications Specialist , CTU
10:30 BREAK
10:45 UPDATES: Reports, Trends and Updates from National, Regional and Global IG Fora Moderator: Mr. Nigel Cassimire – Telecommunications Specialist, CTU
·      Caribbean NIGFs: Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Mr. Tracy Hackshaw – Director, TTIGF

Mr. Marcellus Constance – SVG IGF

·        LAC Update

Status of events and capacity-building initiatives


·        UN IGF Update

Major themes; opportunities and support for NRIs, SIDS and developing country inputs, youth based initiatives

Mr. Kevon Swift – LACNIC




Ms. Anja Gengo – UN IGF Secretariat

Mr. Tracy Hackshaw – DC-SIDS

Mr. Kevon Swift – LACNIC


·        Q&A and General Discussion All Participants
Tuesday 24th August 2021  
12:15 LUNCH
Moderator: Mr. Nigel Cassimire – Telecommunications Specialist, CTU
13:30 PRESENTATION: Data for Good


Mr. Omari Sefu – Public Policy Associate Research Manager, Data For Good, Facebook
14:00 WORKSHOP SESSION: Advancing and Sustaining Caribbean Internet Governance


·     Updating the Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework

o   Reviewing Policy Priorities for Current and Future Attention

·     Q&A / Discussion

Facilitator: Mr. Nigel Cassimire – Telecommunications Specialist, CTU



15:15 BREAK
15:30 WORKSHOP SESSION (Cont’d):

·        Enhancing Caribbean Internet Research, Data and Measurement for Development

Facilitator: Mr. Bevil Wooding – Director of Caribbean Affairs, ARIN

Mr. Kevon Swift – LACNIC

Mr. Shernon Osepa – ISOC

Mr. Albert Daniels – ICANN

16:15 General Discussion – Summary of Issues
16:30 End of Day 1 Programme


Wednesday 25th August 2021  


09:00 Introduction and Recap Mr. Gary Kalloo – ICT Consultant, CTU
Affordable & Meaningful Connectivity

This session will present innovative policy proposals from A4AI, for Caribbean stakeholders to consider embedding into their advocacy strategies for inclusive digital development. Q/A and discussions will be facilitated with participants on the relevance and usefulness of these policy frameworks for the Caribbean stakeholders.


Mr. Yacine Khelladi – Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)

Ms. Ana Maria Rodriguez – Research Analyst, A4AI

Ms. Muthoni Muriithi – Senior Gender Policy Manager, Web Foundation

Ms. Nathalia Foditsch – Senior Policy & Regulatory Specialist, A4AI

10:30 BREAK  
10:45 PANEL: Foundational Digital ID – The Promise, Perils and Paths

Sharing national experiences, lessons learnt and identifying opportunities for collaboration, regionally harmonised approaches, standards and implementation actions for a Single ICT Space

Moderator: Mr. Junior McIntyre – ICT Consultant, CTU

Mr. Marlon Narcisse – Director of Public Service Modernisation, Government of Saint Lucia

Dr. Clarence Henry – Senior Technical Officer, Regional Integration Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission

Mr. Clifford Bostic – Chief Telecommunications Officer (Ag.), Government of Barbados

12:15 LUNCH
13:30 ICANN Update of Caribbean Interest

ICANN 71 Review & ICANN 72 Outlook

Mr. Albert Daniels – Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement (Caribbean), ICANN
i-Orgs and Caribbean Internet Governance – Collaboration in Action Facilitator: Mr. Kevon Swift – LACNIC

Mr. Bevil Wooding – Director of Caribbean Affairs, ARIN

Mr. Shernon Osepa – ISOC

Mr. Albert Daniels – ICANN

15:00 Participant Comments, Feedback and Recommendations Open Microphone
15:30 Session and Forum Wrap Up CTU
15:45 END OF 17th CIGF



Day 1

Mr Albert Daniels, ICANNICANN71 Key Policy Outcomes and ICANN72 Policy Outlook
Nigel Cassimire - Telecommunications Specialist , CTUThe CIGF @ 17 What We’ve Done, Current Initiatives and Future Outlook
Ms. Anja Gengo – IGF Secretariat, UNUN IGF Update

Day 2

Dr. Clarence Henry - Senior Technical Officer Regional Integration, OECS CommissionOECS IDENTIFICATION “DIGITAL” SYSTEM
Mr. Yacine Khelladi, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)Affordable & Meaningful Connectivity
17th CIGF Invitation Author(s): CTU Secretariat
CIGPF Issue 3.0 (2016)