From the World Bank's Caribbean Knowledge Series
From the document:
The Caribbean has significant opportunities to benefit from regional efforts to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to facilitate and jumpstart policies and initiatives across all sectors and services. Yet, while the region has seen an overall expansion of mobile cellular use, variations in the prevalence and use of ICTs across countries remain. These variations are due to different income levels, location, and human capital. Addressing the disparities in ICT sector development across countries in the Caribbean will more effectively support the expansion of ICTs in the region.
Policy makers can more effectively utilize ICTs to accelerate and solidify their economic and job growth objectives across all sectors and services. But before being able to benefit from all that ICTs can offer, they must take an inward look and assessment of their own ICT policies, strategies and objectives. While the mobile services segment has advanced significantly, bottlenecks and challenges exist in the supply and demand of high quality low cost broadband services.
There is no single best practice or solution, but examples exist to guide policymakers in designing policies and strategies that address specific market dynamics and the goals and objectives of all stakeholders. Taking into consideration the specific development level of the sector and government’s goals and objectives, customized solutions must be designed and implemented.
Renewed partnerships between the private and public sectors can catalyze the necessary investment and innovation. Governments will play a role in creating the right enabling environment, policies, strategies and objectives, and under the most challenging conditions, may need to lead.