The HIPCAR (Enhancing Competitiveness in the Caribbean through the Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures) Project is part of a global ITU-EC-ACP project carried out with funding from the European Union and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It is implemented by the ITU in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and with the involvement of other organizations in the region.
One major aim of the HIPCAR Project is to enhance competitiveness and socio-economic development in the Caribbean Region through the harmonization of ICT policies, legislation and regulatory procedures. With regard to cybercrime, the issue of harmonizing national legislations is highly relevant as a large number of countries base their mutual legal assistance regime on the principle of "dual criminality." Investigations on a global level are generally limited to those crimes that are criminalised in all affected countries. Although there are a number of offences that can be prosecuted anywhere in the world, regional differences play an important role.
Beneficiary countries of the HIPCAR Project are: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
- Cybercrimes/e-Crimes: Assessment Report, at 1, 2.