Session 1A: Forging a Digital Frontier: Empowering the Caribbean with a Resilient Digital Infrastructure [SDGs: 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure]

July 9, 2024

10:50 am – 12:30 pm

The “Forging a Digital Frontier” panel constitutes a pivotal dialogue focused on the advancement and fortification of digital infrastructure within the Caribbean. Central to this discourse is the strategic development of digital networks that are not only robust but also resilient against a spectrum of environmental and cybersecurity challenges. The panel aims to elucidate the transformative impact that enhanced digital connectivity can have on Caribbean societies, particularly in terms of broadening access to diverse online services and facilities. In addition, the discussions will delve into the criticality of formulating and enacting supportive policy frameworks and regulatory measures. These are envisaged to facilitate the establishment of a digital infrastructure that is both sustainable and inclusive, thereby contributing significantly to the region’s digital revolution. This panel seeks to underscore the imperative of integrating technological advancements with strategic policy-making, thereby aligning with the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 9, focused on industry, innovation, and infrastructure.
Prof. Patrick Hosein

Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago