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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending October 11th, 2013

11 Oct

BARBADOS RANKED FIRST IN INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION TECH—10/08/13
Barbados ranks first in the Caribbean region for information and communication technology (ICT) development for 2012-2013 and third in the Americas, according to findings presented by Cleveland Thomas, the International Telecommunications Union representative to the Caribbean. Barbados ranked 36th during the 2011 to 2012 assessment period.  Other nations in the Americas with good rankings between 2012 and 2013 were the United States, Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, and Trinidad and Tobago.

COMPANIES SIGN JOINT VENTURE TO MARKET DRINKING WATER STATIONS—10/09/13
Quest Water Global Inc., a water technology firm and the developer of the AQUAtap community drinking water station and the WEPS Water Extraction and Purification System, is partnering with Pure Water Solutions Corporation to market and distribute the AQUAtap systems throughout the Central American and Caribbean regions. The companies are looking forward to the introduction of the innovative water technologies to countries in these areas, which have problems meeting the demands for clean drinking water.

WORKSHOP ON ICT TO STRENGTHEN CARICOM COLLABORATION PLANS—10/10/13
CARICOM agency representatives plan to meet on October 10 and 11, 2013, for workshop hosted by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network. The focus of the workshop will be the use of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure known as C@ribNET. The workshop is designed to encourage support of cooperation and collaboration among the CARICOM nations to address disaster risk management and health care.

TECHNOLOGIES PROMOTE SUCCESSFUL FUTURE FOR AGRICULTURE—10/11/13
Using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the agriculture industry provides a tool for making improvements in this sector of the Caribbean economy. Michael Hailu, the director of the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CTA), believes that using ICT offers enormous opportunities for farming communities and young people interested in agriculture. New and innovative technologies will attract more young people, said Hailu.

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