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Last Updated: 29.04.2013
Pacific Forum 2013  

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) are jointly organizing “Pacific Forum 2013” to be held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel in Apia, Samoa, from 22-24 April 2013. The Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT), Samoa, and supported by the the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA),  the Department of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), Australian Government, and Bluesky Samoa. The Pacific Forum 2013 will be organized in conjunction with the 17th PITA Annual General Meeting & Tradeshow 2013.

The Pacific Forum 2013 targets senior management of governments, key stakeholders, and the Industry through providing a platform, where multistakeholders from the Pacific Islands Developing States (SIDS) and Territories can meet, review, discuss and recommend steps toward telecommunications/ICT development in the Pacific. Specific objectives of the Forum are as follows for the Pacific: e.g.

The Forum is open to memberships of ITU, APT, PITA, and other regional organizations as well as other organizations actively working in telecommunications/ICT development in the Pacific. ITU and APT are pleased to provide one fellowship each to qualified high level representatives from your administration/organization to participate in the Forum, subject to availability of funds. The fellowship covers round-trip economy class air ticket, hotel accommodation and incidental expenses. Priority is given to official nominations of qualified nominees received before the deadline. You are therefore encouraged to register as early as possible and the last date of registration and nomination for fellowship is the 22nd March 2013.

Subject to the available financial resources and in order to encourage participation, ITU and APT are pleased to provide one fellowship each per eligible Member State, on a first-come, first-served basis to participate in Forum. Member States eligible to receive ITU fellowships are those recognized as least developed countries (LDCs), according to the United Nations classification, as well as low-income countries having a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) not exceeding USD 2,000. The fellowship covers round-trip economy class air ticket, hotel accommodation and incidental expenses. Priority is given to official nominations of qualified nominees received before the deadline.

To receive a fellowship form, participants must first register on-line at http://www.apt.int/content/attendance-form or by sending the completed Registration Form to the APT Secretariat (e-mail: aptict@apt.int or Fax: +66 2 573 7479). The signed and approved fellowship form must be submitted to the APT Secretariat no later than the 22nd of March 2013.

ITU encourages and welcomes contributions from its State Members, Sector Members, and Regional and International Organizations. Contributions that have been received will be posted on ITU website prior to the meeting. To submit your contribution for ITU’s consideration, please send the short abstract/biodata together with the presentation material to Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon at wisit.atipayakoon@itu.int for consideration as soon as possible but not later than 22nd March 2013. Each presentation is expected to last about 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

For further information, please feel free to contact Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon (wisit.atipayakoon@itu.int) or Mr. Stuart Davies (stuart@apt.int).

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TENTATIVE AGENDA  

MONDAY, 22 APRIL 2013 (DAY 1)

08:00-09:00 Registration  
09:00-10:00 OPENING SESSION
"Meeting Room" at the TATTE Building
 
  • Traditional Samoan Welcome
 
 
  • Special Message and Prayer
 
 
  • Introductory Remarks
     
Mr. Adolfo Montenegro, CEO, Bluesky Samoa
 
  • Welcome Address
Mr. Ivan Fong, President, PITA
 
  • Welcome Address
     
Mr. Kraisorn Pornsutee, Deputy Secretary General, APT
  Mr. Brahima Sanou, BDT Director, ITU
 
  • Inaugural Address
Hon. Tuisugaletauá Ali'imalemanu Sofara Aveau, Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Samoa
10:00-10:30 Group Photo & Coffee/Tea break
10:30-12:30 COMBINED SESSION - WORLD REPORTS & ISSUES
"Meeting Room" at the TATTE Building
  Chairman: Mr. Ivan Fong, President, PITA
  Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
 
  Mr. Stuart Davies, Telecom Expert, APT
  Ms. Elly Tawhai, Senior Internet Resources Analyst, APNIC
 
  Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 APT/ITU SESSION 1: PACIFIC ISSUES
"Convention Centre" Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
  Chairman: Mr. Brahima Sanou, BDT Director, ITU
  Ms. Fuatai Purcell, Head LSE Division, ITU, and
Mr. Maui Sanford, ITU Consultant
  Mr. Muhammad Aslam Hayat, Director, PiRRC
  Mr. Robert Clarke, Senior Policy Analyst, MBIE, New Zealand
  Dr. Suella Hansen, Principal Consultant, Network Strategies, New Zealand
15:30-16:00 Coffee/Tea break
16:00-17:00 APT/ITU SESSION 2: PACIFIC SATELLITE CONNECTIVITY
"Convention Centre" Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
  Chairman: Mr. Kraisorn Pornsutee, Deputy Secretary General, APT
  Ms Natasha Beschorner, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, Global Information & Communications Technology Department, World Bank
 
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17:00 WELCOMING AVA CEREMONY & OPENING RECEPTION
   

TUESDAY, 23 APRIL 2013 (DAY 2)

09:00-10:30 COMBINED SESSION - REGIONAL REPORTS & ISSUES
"Meeting Room" at the TATTE Building
  Chairman: Mr. Tua'imalo Asamu Ah Sam, CEO, MCIT, Samoa
  Dr Judith Winternitz, Expert Consultant, ITU
  Mr. Colin Yates, Yates Fraud Consulting Limited, New Zealand
 
  • Cybersecurity: Attacks and Hacking risks and Trends
     
Mr. Mick Stephens, General Manager. Radware, Australia & New Zealand
  Brian Louey-Gung, Technical Advisor, PiRRC
10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea break
11:00-12:30 APT/ITU SESSION 3: SUBMARINE CABLE & SPECTRUM
"Convention Centre" Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
  Chairman:  Ms. Carmen Ball. Assistant Director, DBCDE, Australia
  Mr. Wilson Leguvaka, Regulatory Resource Director, Solomon Islands
  Mr. Paul McCann, Managing Director, McCann Consulting International Pty. Ltd.
 
  Mr. Liu Feng, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. P.R. China
  Mr. Christian Gomez, Spectrum Regulation and Policy Officer, ITU
 
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 APT/ITU SESSION 4: INTERNET ISSUES IN THE PACIFIC
"Convention Centre" Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
  Chairman: Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  Mr. Save Vocea, Vice President, Australasia/Pacific Islands, ICANN
  Mr. Paul Wilson , Director General, APNIC
  Mr. Patrick Queet, PacCERT Manager
  Ms. Linda Kaua, Economic Reform Officer, PIFS
15:30-16:00 Coffee/Tea break
16:00-17:30 APT/ITU SESSION 5: NUMBERING MISUSE IN THE PACIFIC
"Convention Centre" Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
  Mr. Phil Ruston, ITU SG2 Vice Chairman
 
  • Open discussion
     
 
18:30 ROCK DA BOAT COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Talofa Cruise Ship, Marina
   

WEDNESDAY, 24 APRIL 2013 (DAY 3)

09:00-10:30 APT/ITU SESSION 6: PACIFIC DISASTER/EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
"Convention Centre" Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
  Chairman: Mr. Tua'imalo Asamu Ah Sam, CEO, MCIT, Samoa
  Mr. Phil Philipo, Secretary of Transport & Communication, Marshall Islands and Chairman APT WG on Disaster Management
 
  Mr. Loyley Ngira, Chief Executive, Our Telekom, Solomon Islands
  Mark Arandale, Director Market Access & Development, Inmarsat
10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea break
11:00-12:30 APT/ITU SESSION 7: PROJECTS & INITIATIVES IN THE PACIFIC
"Convention Centre" Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
  Chairman: Mr. Charles Punaha Chief Executive Officer, NICTA. PNG
  Mr. Paula Ma’u, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Information and Communication, Tonga
  Mr. Stuart Davies, Telecom Expert, APT
  Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, Programme Officer, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  Mr. Kisione Finau, Director, Information Technology Services, USP
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 COMBINED SESSION - PANEL DISCUSSION
  Moderator: Mr. Stuart Davies, Telecom Expert, APT
  Theme: Key Challenges for fair market competition and telecom/ICT development in the Pacific
 
 
  • Panelists: Operators, Government representatives and Regulators
     
 
15:00-15:30 Coffee/Tea break
15:30-16:30 DISCUSSION SESSION - PACIFIC INPUTS TO RPM AND WTDC-14
  Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, Programme Officer, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
     
16:30-16:50 PACIFIC FORUM CLOSING SESSION
 
  • Closing Remarks
     
Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
 
  • Closing Remarks
     
Mr. Kraisorn Pornsutee, Deputy Secretary General, APT
 
  • Closing Remarks
Mr. Tua'imalo Asamu Ah Sam, CEO, MCIT, Samoa
 
16:00-17:30 TRADE SHOW
18:30 ISLAND NIGHT RECEPTION
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
 
 
AT A GLANCE  
     
Dates:
22-24 April 2013

Registration Deadline:
22 March 2013

Location: Tanoa Tusitala Hotel (located adjacent to the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (TATTE) Building), Apia, Samoa

Hosted by: Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT), Samoa

Organised by: ITU & APT

Supported by: DBCDE (Australian Government), PITA, and Bluesky Samoa

Contact:
For detailed information, please contact

Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: wisit.atipayakoon@itu.int

Mr. Stuart Davies
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
Email:
stuart@apt.int

Target Audience:
  • ITU / APT Members
  • Policy makers
  • Regulators
  • Private sector and Industry
  • Academia, NGOs and civil society
     
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