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Philip Cross named regional advisor for the Americas at CTO

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has appointed Jamaican citizen Philip Cross, an independent ICT consultant, as the 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.

Taylor said “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”.

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.