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Crown Prince support Ministers’ review of ICT Plan for the Pacific

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19th June 2015 English | Tongan His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala opened the Pacific ICT Ministers’ meeting at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa earlier this morning.

In his opening address before Ministers from around the region, ICT Officials and delegates from various Information Communication Technology organizations and companies around the region, Crown Prince Tupouto’a said their meeting was an important one.

He said the Framework for Action on ICT for Development in the Pacific (or FAIDP), and drafting of the Next Action Plan to 2020 was something that the Ministers will be discussing during the day.

He told the meeting that the next plan should resemble some important elements of the discussions on post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Samoa Pathway for the Small Island Development States, and the Brunei Darussalam Statement of the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministers Meeting.

“I am also happy that we will be reporting the outcomes of this meeting to our Forum Leaders this year, as an update on the progress made to the original Pacific Plan Digital Strategy they have endorsed a decade ago,” he said.

“It is important that these reviews and plans are reflected in sustainable national policies and regulatory framework which build on effective partnership and international cooperation in order to gain maximum benefits to our people and our region on the positive use of ICT.”

Crown Prince Tupouto’a said Tonga is currently embracing the same aspiration.

“Tonga was connected to the fibre optic submarine cable system for the first time in 2013. It is certainly an exciting time now for experiencing a much faster Internet speed with higher bandwidth capacity, at cheaper and more affordable prices,” Crown Prince Tupouto’a said.

“These ICT developments greatly benefitted various sectors of the economy including Education, Health, Tourism, Agriculture, Trade, Banking, Businesses, Churches, Civil Society, NGOs, and work of the Government.

“At the same time, Government is working on appropriate measures to protect our people especially our children from the challenges of these technological advancements.

I am sure that we all have the same experience, where everyone can equitably access, use, create and share information and knowledge to empower individuals, communities, industries and countries to achieve sustainable development and to ensure that our citizens live a better life. “

Crown Prince Tupouto’a welcomed the Ministers and participants at the meeting and also acknowledged the contributions made by the International Telecommunication Union and the University of the South Pacific in organizing the meeting.

The meeting was opened with a prayer by Reverend Dr ‘Ahio, the President of the Free Wesleyan Church here in Tonga.

USP Vice Chancellor Dr Rajesh Chandra then welcomed Ministers and delegates before ITU Pacific Regional Director Ioane Koroivuki gave a brief on the ITU’s work here in the region.

The Chief Executive Officer for Information and Communication, Mr Paula Ma’u then moved the vote of thanks.

Ends


Issued by: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:47 )  

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