November 22nd, 2016

Jamaican Philip Cross appointed regional advisor for the Americas

LONDON, 22 NOVEMBER 2016 – The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has appointed Jamaican citizen Philip Cross, an independent ICT consultant, as the regional advisor for the Americas.

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Shola Taylor, Secretary-General of the CTO and Philip Cross, Regional Advisor for the Americas

The appointment was announced on Monday by the secretary-general of the CTO, Shola Taylor, as he addressed delegates at the Commonwealth Human Resources & ICT conference taking place in Kingston.

Philip has contributed to the CTO’s work in various ways over the years, most recently as the consultant who helped develop our current strategic plan for 2016 – 2020, a task which I must say he handled extremely well. It is always a pleasure to work with him, and I look forward to his regular advice on issues and opportunities in the region,” said Mr Taylor.

Mr Cross has over 35 years of experience in the ICT sector, including 26 years at the International Telecommunication Union, and 20 of them as the Caribbean Representative based in Barbados. He is an engineer by training.

It is an honour for me to be asked to serve in this regional capacity on behalf of the CTO. This will allow me to assist the CTO in undertaking its mandate in the Americas region and it will also provide greater synergies between regional governments and organizations, especially in the Caribbean. This position will also provide an opportunity to promote the CTO’s role in relation to coordinating Commonwealth positions in respect of key international ICT issues,” said Mr Cross.

The CTO’s activities throughout the Commonwealth cross national and regional boundaries, and there is a need for the Organisation to stay abreast of the regional priorities of its members.

For more information please contact Marcel Belingue, m.belingue@cto.int or +44 (0) 20 8600 3820.

About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of information and communication technologies. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, small island developing states, and more recently also the private sector and civil society, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs.