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Pursuing new mobile horizons for Tonga at GSMA World Congress

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26 February 2013, The Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, is leading Tonga’s delegation to the GSMA 2013 Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain from February 25-27. The Congress is the mobile industry’s most prestigious annual event that attracts over 67,000 participants from 205 countries of which Tonga is a first time attendee.

In his capacity as Minister for Information and Communications, the Prime Minister has been invited by the GSMA (Global Service Mobile Associations) to participate at the Ministerial Programme of the Congress, which is an environment designed for Leaders of Government to participate in regulatory and industry debate, and share real experiences about the phenomenal impact of mobile at a global level.

The GSMA Congress’s Ministerial Programme also provides a framework for regular interactive dialogue and relationship building between ministers, regulators and industry in both developed and developing countries. CEOs, ministers and heads of the regulatory authorities from established and new companies in the broad mobile ecosystem will share their insights into the critical global business trends, growth strategies and technological innovations that are shaping the New Mobile Horizon.

The Prime Minister of Tonga is one of the notable keynote speakers to participate from the Pacific alongside the ITU Secretary General (Dr. Hamadoun Toure), Cisco Chairman and CEO ( John Chambers), and the Director General of the GSMA (Anne Bouverot).
Information and communications technologies (ICT) has proven to play a major role in helping governments of today address complex challenges such achieving sustainable economic growth, combating climate change in improving the delivery of healthcare services and providing widespread access to broadband. Realizing the full potential of mobile communications to help meet societal and economic challenges requires governments and many different industries to work together, engaging in a constructive and continuous dialogue.

Tonga now takes the lead among its Pacific neighbors in embracing the growth of its telecommunications sector ever since the turn of the new millennium. In 2002, the introduction of GSM mobile service by Tonfon ushered in competition with the Tonga Communications Corporations, which more than ten years later continues to be tough with the introduction of new Mobile and telecommunications carrier, Digicel (Tonga), a franchise of the worldwide Caribbean mobile service. Today, Digicel (Tonga) Ltd sets the trend in the Pacific as it successfully launched a mobile online banking service.

Tonga’s participation in the Barcelona GSMA Congress is timely and a crucial valued-experience for the Government to get geared up for the launch of its Cable Submarine Project expected for mid-June 2013.
Tonga’s delegations are the CEO for Information and Communications, Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u and the Acting Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Mr. ‘Aholotu Palu.

Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku’alofa, 2013.

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