GOVERNMENT DEVELOPING NEW NATIONAL EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLAN

As the Government moves towards building resilience in every sector, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Broadcasting hosted a two-day virtual national consultation aimed at developing Dominica’s National Emergency Telecommunications Plan (NETP).

The consultation brought together a number of key stakeholders including the service providers, the regulators, the police, fire officers, the Red Cross and persons representing various ministries.

 “All these stakeholders came together to discuss ways to ensure that after any disaster we are able to communicate. Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, we took up to 48 hours to communicate with the outside world and the whole intention is to ensure that this doesn’t happen going in to the future,” stated Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with Responsibility for Telecommunications and Broadcasting, Hon. Oscar George.

The Minister noted that proper coordination is required among all stakeholders to ensure that that they are aware of their responsibilities in any situation.

“In the past a number of stakeholders have been doing certain things and other stakeholders have been doing something else. I think coordination needs to be improved and I think that is where all the stakeholders were very happy to attend because the whole intention is to clearly define what are the roles and responsibility of each major stakeholder going forward. If we are able to coordinate our efforts better, that will save us time, that will save us effort and obviously that will save us resources so that we can be able to communicate in a speedier way and do it in a more timely fashion,” Hon. George added.

The NETP is spear headed by a consultant from the International Telecommunications Union and should be completed in six weeks.