Studies and Perspectives – ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for The Caribbean
The development and support of electronic government (e-government) applications is a resource intensive
and difficult endeavour, particularly for the small island developing States of the Caribbean. Small economies are challenged to support the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure needed for e-government projects, and in many instances, their small populations undermine the economies of scale that can justify the required investment.
Given these challenges, Caribbean countries may benefit from taking a regional approach to the procurement of e-government applications and services. Potential benefits to multi-lateral collaboration on e-government include reduced purchasing and maintenance costs, improved application quality, reduced redundancy of effort, and the standardization of systems and outputs.
This paper examines the potential benefits and challenges of regionally managed e-government development initiatives. It examines the current state of e-government in four Caribbean countries – Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago – in order to establish a broader understanding of the challenges that face e-government initiatives in the region.
It also reviews a number of e-government initiatives that have been undertaken through projects managed at a regional level. Based on this analysis, it presents a set of best practices that are recommended to agencies engaged in the task of coordinating the implementation of regionally-based e-government initiatives.
UN Symbols: LC/L.4132; LC/CAR/L.483
Series No. 47