The Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum: Connecting the Unconnected wrapped up today in Nukualofa, Kingdom of Tonga. Thirteen ICT Ministers from Pacific Island Countries, including two Prime Ministers agreed to a set of priorities and actions to spur ICT development. The Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, joined with partners to launch new complementary initiatives.
In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the Forum, participating governments called for greater coordination among partners to minimize overlap and maximize the impact of investments in ICT development projects. Ministers welcomed the Forum as a means of bringing partners together to share their activities and coordinate efforts. They agreed to explore the possible establishment of a Pacific association of regulators to harmonize activities. Ministers called for rapid implementation of regional connectivity initiatives and for reinforced efforts to build human capacity in ICT. They also directed officials to work towards establishing a shared regulatory resource centre at the earliest possible date and encouraged Island states to make full use of ICTs for early warning and response systems to improve disaster preparedness.
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Nukua'lofa, Tonga 20/02/2009