Hon. Vaden Williams returned to the country on Friday, 2nd March after attending the Commonwealth Data Forum 2018 in Gibraltar, February 21-23 under the theme: Data Revolution – Maximizing Opportunities and Managing Risks also GSMA Mobile World Congress Ministerial Programme, in Barcelona, Spain February 26-28, 2018
This conference was organized by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) and hosted by the University of Gibraltar; it attracted delegates from various commonwealth countries from around the world.
Discussions were focused on data platform with the aim of finding solutions to facilitate economic and social change and to examine how better regulatory standards can help reduce privacy, security and other forms of data breaches. It also looked at ways to leverage the use of data for insights and to explore monetizing this growing resource.
Hon. Williams was accompanied by Mr. Kenva Williams, Director of Technology and Mr. Russell Gardiner, Telecommunications Engineer of the Telecommunications Commission.
Both Hon. Vaden Williams and Mr. Kenva Williams were invited to participate in this event. The Minister chaired a session on “Big Data for Social Development” and participated in a panel discussion on “Monetizing Data”. Mr. Kenva Williams participated in a panel discussion on “Data Centers”.
This was the first CTO event that was attended by a delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Due to the discussions derived from this forum and the important role that CTO plays in fostering the development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for social development within its member states, Hon. Vaden Williams is committed to enrolling the Turks and Caicos Islands to full membership, and hopes to host future CTO events in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
GSMA Mobile World Congress Ministerial Programme
Barcelona Spain, February 26-28, 2018
The GSMA Mobile World Congress’ Ministerial Programme in Barcelona, Spain offered a unique forum for Ministers, Regulators, International Organizations, and CEOs from around the world to discuss key developments and policy trends in the mobile sector.
This year's programme highlighted topics including the evolution to 5G and the increasing need for spectrum, privacy and cross-border data flows, sustainability and mobile for social good, and mobile in education and healthcare, among others. The 2018 Ministerial Programme hosted delegations from 181 countries and international organizations, including 71 Ministers and 85 Regulatory Authority heads, with total attendance exceeding 2,000 delegates.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. The team took the opportunity to visit the exhibition halls where they explored:
- Smart cities solutions, in particular, networks for CCTV and Wi-Fi services in public areas;
- EMF (Electromagnetic Field) monitoring equipment for RF radiations on cellular and broadcasting towers, to ensure the levels are not harmful to human health; and
- Mobile solutions for a quick assessment of national disasters using drones.