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ARIN and Antigua & Barbuda Government to hold workshop on Internet Resilience

ARIN and Antigua & Barbuda Government to hold workshop on Internet Resilience

Media release

ST JOHN’S, Antigua & Barbuda—The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is collaborating with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to strengthen the technical capacity of local network operators.  

ARIN is one of five registries responsible for coordinating Internet number resources worldwide. Its service area includes Canada, the United States and several Caribbean countries. The collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda government comes as part of a broader thrust by ARIN to support development of the Internet across the region.

Among the factors that prompted ARIN to enhance its support for the development of stronger networks in the Caribbean is the growing number of reports of cyber-attacks and the increasing threat of climate-related weather events on communications infrastructure and Internet connectivity.  Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Tortola and other Caribbean islands are still reeling from the devastation of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. 

With less than a month to go before the 2018 season begins, the ARIN initiative in the region takes on an added significance, as Antigua, Barbuda and the rest of the region are once again bracing for a potential major threat to their already weakened Internet infrastructure.

Bevil Wooding, Caribbean Outreach Liaison at ARIN, confirmed that the registry has stepped up outreach activities in its Caribbean service area. 

“Through partnerships with the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), ARIN has been working to ensure that the region's internet infrastructure is strengthened, and the needs of the community of network operators are effectively met, particularly as it relates to Internet number resources and network resilience,” Wooding said.

Dozens of Caribbean and international delegates gathered in Miami on April 19 for the launch of ARIN's Caribbean Forum, an umbrella initiative covering several of the registry's outreach projects across the region. Among the participants was Melford Nicholas, Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology for Antigua and Barbuda, who is also the current President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

The Antigua and Barbuda workshop will take place on May 8 at the Runway 10 Conference Centre in St John’s. The one-day meeting agenda includes sessions on best practices for building resilient Caribbean networks, IPv6 deployment and an overview of ARIN’s  technical services.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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