The Government of Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines embarked on a project called the Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Program or CARCIP for short.
The development objective of CARCIP is to increase access to regional broadband networks and advance the development of an ICT-enabled services industry in the Caribbean Region.
This objective will be achieved through:
(a) targeted investments in ICT infrastructure that fill the gaps at the regional and domestic levels, in partnership with the private sector and other development partners, where applicable;
(b) creating an enabling environment that fosters competitive access to infrastructure and an IT/ITES and other knowledge industries;
(c) enabling and supporting the creation of e-services, including m-government services;
(d) integrating rural areas in the knowledge and information society thereby increasing their participation in the regional economy;
(e) strengthening of institutional arrangements to ensure effective program implementation and outcomes; and (f) improving procurement and safeguards processes to ensure sustainable investments in ICT
CARCIP will benefit the entire 27.5 million population of the CARIFORUM region in both urban and rural areas, and will include operators, schools, hospitals, emergency responders, government ministries and departments, ICT services consumers (business and residential), IT/ITES and other knowledge-intensive businesses and employees, and e- and m-government services users. Benefits are expected to include improved access to broadband services, lower prices and higher quality of services. IT/ITES impact is also expected to be considerable on direct employment and economic diversification. Additionally, there will be an important social impact for rural areas in terms of education by leveraging the CKLN. Furthermore, as the number of e- and m-government services increase, it is expected that the quality of public services will be enhanced. For monitoring purposes under CARCIP Phase 1, direct project beneficiaries will be defined as a percentage of the number of employees in supported firms plus number of people trained under the project in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Female beneficiaries are expected to be at least 50 percent of this estimate.
CARCIP supports efforts of the region and the Government of Saint Lucia, allowing the participating countries in the first phase of the program (Saint Vincent, Grenada and Saint Lucia) to accelerate the deployment of critical regional infrastructure to foster regional economic development and growth. It expects to do this through support to bridge physical connectivity gaps as well as technical assistance to improve the enabling environment to maximize the development potential of the regional ICT infrastructure to diversify and stimulate growth. The program will leverage and/or expand on recently completed surveys and assessments to expedite the assessment phase of the program.
The PDO Level Results Indicators are the following: a) Number of Internet Users b) IT/ITES employmentc) Businesses receiving Support through the projectd) Direct project beneficiaries, (percentage of which are female)
The total amount of IDA resources required for Saint Lucia-CARCIP is estimated at US$6 million.