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Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum: "Connecting the Unconnected"

Meeting Details

Nukuálofa, Tonga
17 - 20 February 2009

Date: 17-20 February 2009
Location: Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, the "ITU's Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum" concluded on Friday 20 February 2009 with a successful outcome - Communiqué.

The ITU's Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum: "Connecting the Unconnected" was held from 19 to 20 February 2009 and was preceded by the "Senior Officers Meeting for the Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum" which was held from 17 to 18 February 2009 at the same venue.

The Forum was a platform for all ITU Member States in the Pacific as well as 17 Partners ranging from UN-ESCAP, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS), sub-regional and regional organisations, funding agencies, national security agencies, private industries from various regions, NGOs to academic players through public-private partnership. The Forum was attended by 117 participants including 2 Prime Ministers, 11 Ministers, senior officers, high-ranking representatives, delegates, and secretariat of the Forum.

Moreover, ITU has inaugurated, signed or announced various partnership initiatives during the Forum with numerous partners. On 19 February 2009 during his opening remarks, Mr. Sami Al-Basheer Al-Morshid, the Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), made Announcements on partnerships between ITU and its partners (see ITU Press Release):

The Communiqué adopted by the Ministers in this Forum has re-affirmed that ICT can be a key enabler for the socio-economic development through various applications from e-Education, e-Health, e-Environment, e-Commerce to e-Governance.

Organiser: The Ministerial Forum is organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Host: The Ministerial Forum is kindly hosted by the Kingdom of Tonga through the Department of Communication, Prime Minister's Office

Meeting Documents



ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Host

Mr. Feáo Vakata
Department of Communication
PO Box 62, Nuku'alofa, Tonga




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