Tuesday, 26 December 2017

NEWS FEED: ECC looks to increase number of institutions meeting requisite standards + Inge Smidts to replace John Reid as C&W CEO + Digicel partners with Cisco on digital transformation project

WOMAN ON TOP: Marketing veteran Inge Smidts is set to assume office as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cable & Wireless, replacing John Reid, who will step down from the post in early 2018. Smidts comes to C&W from Liberty Global, where she served most recently as Chief Marketing Officer. “Inge is a dynamic leader who has successfully driven financial performance and built capable teams,” says Liberty Latin America’s Betzalel Kenigsztein. “As we look to the future of C&W, we are confident that Inge is the right leader to help rebuild operations that were damaged by this year’s hurricanes and deliver growth for all our stakeholders.” For her part, Smidts is amped up to take on the fresh challenge. “The prospects for C&W are bright,” she says, “and I look forward to leveraging my experiences at Liberty Global to bring a commercial, marketing and customer-centred focus that will help deliver results.” 

FACING FORWARD: With the aim of accelerating the digital agenda and existing digitization policies for 26 countries in the Caribbean and Central America, Digicel has teamed up with Cisco, a worldwide leader in modern technology, for The Frame Agreement. Under this agreement, the two companies will collaborate to develop a digitization vision for each country for both the immediate and the long term, creating a pipeline of projects for the future, including infrastructure enhancement and island recovery. “Digicel and Cisco share the mutual goal of helping the region become more efficient and globally competitive through digital transformation,” says Vanessa Slowey (left), CEO of Digicel Caribbean and Central America, pictured here with Cisco's Alison Gleeson. “Digicel will focus on projects in the Caribbean that are aligned with Cisco’s country digitization agenda and will partner to develop these projects in specific Caribbean countries.” Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Kitts & Nevis and Jamaica are among the territories set to benefit. 

THE RIGHT START: According to Trisha Williams-Singh, head of the Board of Directors of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), of the 2,703 early childhood institutions currently in operation islandwide,12% are Government-owned. 1,873 of the institutions have received a permit to operate, while only 100 have met the performance criteria under the 12 operating standards and have received a certificate of registration. “The current focus of the ECC is to increase the number of ECIs that are meeting the standards to a minimum of 300 by 2019,” Williams-Singh says. “As we continue to be purposeful in our efforts, we realize there is still much to be done. We are seeking additional partners to assist in providing safe learning spaces, adequate buildings, teaching-learning resources and supporting community initiatives to ensure that the children of Jamaica have the right start in becoming lifelong learners.”







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