The CARICOM Secretariat will be getting an upgrade of its IT infrastructure and associated software through a project funded by the Government of India.
The project moved a step forward this week with a visit by an IT team from the implementing agency, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). C-DAC will implement the recommendations from an assessment of the Secretariat’s IT needs that was conducted in May 2015 by a team of experts from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
The scope of the project involves the delivery and setup of IT hardware including video conferencing equipment, servers, client systems, network switches and peripherals. C-DAC will also deliver an Enterprise Content Management System, a Web Based Digital Content Management System, and a Web Based Contact Management System. Further development will be done to the current CARICOM website and a CARICOM portal will be created to pull websites from the Member States and Community Institutions under one umbrella with common standards. This will facilitate increased sharing and dissemination of information and facilitate feedback from stakeholders.
C-DAC will provide software training to the IT department and other staff at the Secretariat and will assign two IT support officers to the Secretariat for one year after the implementation is completed.
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is a premier research and development organization of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. Originally established to perform research and to develop high performance computers, C-DAC has expanded to other areas such as grid and cloud computing, multilingual computing and heritage computing, cyber security and cyber forensics, health informatics, software technologies and education related to these technologies. C-DAC has more than 3000 employees based at 11 centres in major cities across India. It has implemented, supervised and managed large bi-lateral projects across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle-East, Latin America and the Caribbean.