21.10.2008 -

Launch of portal to increase e-governance in the Caribbean

The Portal of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for E-Governance (CCEEG) was launched on 1 October 2008. CCEEG is a joint initiative of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), UNESCO and the University of the West Indies (UWI) through its Open Campus.

The Caribbean Centre of Excellence for E-Governance aims to increase knowledge and build capacity in the Caribbean in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in governance and government.

Local governments, non-governmental organisations and communities are increasingly realising the need to utilise ICT if they are to be sustainable in the information economy. Using ICT can improve local management and administration, and also lead to greater participation and transparency in local government.

The Portal is a single electronic point of entry to the Centre of Excellence and provides access to a broad body of collaboratively constructed knowledge. Most importantly, it seeks to encourage participation in local governance by providing training (there is a free course to start with) and a safe environment in which users can try out e-participation.

More details about CCEEG and the Portal can be found <a target="_blank" href="http://cceeg.org">here</a>.

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