It was generally found in the fact-finding missions conducted in nine (9) of our states: Barbados,Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, andTrinidad and Tobago, that e-Government was not equally pronounced. Each was at a differentstate in their eReadiness, i.e.; their ability to get connected online. Usually it was found that someof the common problems that these states faced were:I.
E-Government was a costly endeavor (Usually there is a very limited pool of funds withinwhich these projects operate, and hence their longevity and success rates are usuallylimited);II.
It was difficult to get people interested without a good marketing campaign or supportinglegislation/ regulations (Oftentimes e-Government projects were revenue-geared projects,and the people would not be very enthused to use these services);III.
Reliable Infrastructural Support (Generally, along with getting the proper computer equipment with the capability to access the Internet, there are oftentimes issuessurrounding the accessing reliable electricity supply, as well as a good Internet ServiceProvider (ISP). In most of these countries, the topography/ relief of the country in questionpresents challenges in the way of providing low-cost spectrum arrangements, which wouldrequire less towers);IV.
Threats (Most of these islands also exist within the Hurricane Corridor, which makes it avery expensive venture for an ISP to provide both low cost access or any access at all.Utility companies would assess the feasibility of installing utility poles to carry both theelectricity, as well as the telephone lines, in relation to the demand for these services.V.
Divide issues (Most citizens within these states who were computer literate, and wereusually able to access online services one way or another, were within the higher incomebrackets. That means that the average citizens within these countries would not be able tobenefit from this kind of access.)