HIPCAR project enters second phase

Friday, September 9, 2011

The HIPCAR project, created to enhance competitiveness in the Caribbean through a standard draft policy on universal service, interconnection and licensing for the ICT sector, has entered its second phase, Barbados' government said on its website.

The project - started in 2009 to bring together Caribbean governments, regulators, service providers, private sector and regional and international organizations involved in ICT - has now been extended until 2012, to give countries extra time to pass relevant legislation.

The second stage of HIPCAR will focus on implementing policies, laws and regulations highlighted during the first stage.

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According to Barbados' government, benefits from this project will include stronger legislation to fight cybercrime.

The project was a response to requests by Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states and other ICT stakeholders to meet requirements for a more united approach to the sector.

This EU-funded project saw the design of regional models for ICT policy guidelines and draft model legislation text in the first phase, which was wrapped up earlier this year.