Thursday 26th January, 2017 was an exciting, auspicious day for Internet Governance in this country with the formal launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG), at the Courtyard Marriott, Port of Spain.
The launch of the TTMAG rounded off an historic day of activities as it was preceded by the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF), the country’s premiere national IGF event. TTMAG, whose mission is “to be an independent entity for the promotion and development of best practice policy standards for the .tt country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and the local Internet ecosystem in the interest of the Internet Community”, also hosted the TTIGF.
The launch began with remarks from TTMAG directors on the multistakeholder model of internet governance and the origins of the TTMAG and was followed by well wishes from various Internet Stakeholders, including the Principal of the University of the West Indies, Prof. Brian Copeland. The feature address was made by the Minister of Public Administration and Communications, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie. He highlighted the role of the ICT sector in the country’s economic diversification thrust and was in full support of the multistakeholder model on which the TTMAG is formed.
Representatives of the diverse stakeholder groups that comprise the TTMAG – including academia, the private sector, the local technical community, civil society, the telecommunications industry and government – were all present and expressed their congratulations and greetings.
Even before TTMAG celebrated its formal launch on January 26th, it was already hard at work, successfully completing a Charitable Organisations Policy which was adopted by the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC). With the hearty endorsement of all stakeholder groups, and the commitment of all directors to deep and continuous engagement with them in policy dialogue and development on internet-related issues, the TTMAG is poised to embody Chairman Dr Sanjay Bahadoorsingh’s entreaty “…that best practice becomes our next practice.”
About the TTMAG
The Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG) was formed out of consultations with Internet stakeholders on the .tt country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) held by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. A Multistakeholder management model, which subscribed to the General Principles of Internet Governance, was preferred by most stakeholders. A Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) was considered a fair and legitimate way to develop ccTLD policy and hence one was formed for this purpose. The TTNIC continues to focus on technical excellence of the operational aspects. Persons and organisations interested in contacting or participating in TTMAG activities can email email@example.com.
The Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group‘s mission to serve the needs of the local internet community is perfectly aligned to the wider National ICT Agenda, even while they help to manage registration and maintenance of all domains that end in the .tt suffix.
At the TTMAG launch yesterday, the Minister of Public Administration and Communications, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie M.P. – La Horquetta/Talparo, hailed the Multistakeholder model adopted by TTMAG, saying:
“There is no doubt in my mind that when the stakeholders or a particular industry can come together in the manner that has been achieved here, when egos have been suppressed, when disparate agendas have been coalesced into one, and a common vision has been agreed upon, the country stands to benefit.”
Sanjay Bahadoorsingh holds the B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of The West Indies (UWI), the M.Sc. degree in Power Systems Engineering and Economics from The University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Power Engineering from The University of Manchester (UoM).He is a Lecturer in Energy Systems and Postgraduate Coordinator within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The UWI St Augustine Campus.
He has served as, the Assistant Chief Examiner for CXC’s CAPE Electrical and Electronic Technology, a member of CROSQ (CARICOM Organization for Standards and Quality) Technical Sub-Committee on Electric Cables at the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) and an alternate on the Committee for the Certification of Energy Service Companies, Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs (MEEA). He continues to serve as a member of the Electrical Technical Committee at the Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI) and the Education Liaison Officer of the International Society of Automation (ISA) Trinidad Section. He is a locally registered Electrical Engineer with the Board of Engineering of Trinidad & Tobago (BOETT) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is a former Chairman of IEEE Trinidad and Tobago Section. He is the Chairman of the GEI Technical Committee Working Group on Electric Vehicles. He also advises on local and regional power engineering technical issues. He is a member of 5th Board of Trustees for The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT).
Dev Anand graduated from the University of the West Indies with an honours degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been working for the engineering firm Engineering Consultants since 1995.
He is a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) which became a non-profit organisation in 2004 under his direction. Dev Anand has been a lead drafter of many of the TTCS’s comments on ICT related policies in Trinidad and Tobago for the past fifteen years and is the lead developer of the TTCS OSSWIN , a collection of Free and Open Source Software for Windows.
TTMAG Secretary: Cintra Sooknanan is an accomplished Attorney at Law in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago also holding a BSc in Computing and Information Systems. Her specialisation includes Corporate Commercial, ICT and IP matters.
She continues to contribute locally in the reform of legislation and policy relating to Intellectual Property (with special focus on new gTLDs and traditional knowledge), E-commerce, National ICT Agenda, Privacy and Data Protection, E-government, Child Protection, Internet Governance and Cybersecurity.
At an International level, she has been heavily engaged in working groups of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and also through the Internet Society International, she continues to represent the interests and needs of local internet end-users.
Ms. Sooknanan has over 10 years experience building local ICT Not-for-Profit organisations, having leadership and involvement through much of her professional and academic career. She is the Founding Chair of the Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter.
George Gobin is currently the Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) at SM Jaleel & Co. headquartered in Trinidad. He is responsible for a team of professionals that support Global Infrastructure, Business Intelligence, Information Risk & Security Management, Systems Architecture , Technology Innovation and Applications for Enterprise Information Systems.
Prior to this he was the Microsoft Regional Manager for Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Belize Turks & Caicos and Jamaica (BCBBTJ).
He was also the General Manager for the Microsoft West Indies regional office of Microsoft Corporation USA and was based in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He has had the experience of engaging with the Caribbean governments around their E-Govt strategies and also consulting with top commercial organizations in the region who are involved in finance, energy, and telecommunications.
George has been in the Information Technology field for the last 35 years.