Communications meeting in Suva agreed to affordable ICT access
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (PIF Secretariat/FSM Information Service): April 30, 2002 - The Federated States of Micronesia joined in the recent Pacific Islands Forum Communications Ministers meeting in Suva that agreed on the horizon of Telecommunications in the Pacific.
Secretary Akillino H. Susaia, from FSM's Department of Transportation, Communications and Infrastructure and his delegation attended the high-level meeting on April 17 to review the 1999 Forum Communications Action Plan and to considered policy issues associated with Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in the Pacific.
Secretary Susaia indicated that the recommendations adopted by the Communications Ministers included:
The resounding message of the Telecommunications meeting was to provide the Pacific islands with affordable access to the influx of information technologies. Working with the theme - ICT for Every Pacific Islander, the Communications Ministers agreed to the following issues detailed the Forum Secretariat press release:
Ministers also agreed to encourage the sharing of relevant information with national stakeholders to initiate programs for greater Internet use in the community.
On strategic planning, Ministers directed officials to disseminate information on the UNDP/UNOPS National Strategies Project to responsible national organizations to promote cross-sectoral participation in the development of national ICT strategies.
On the regional ICT Policy and Strategic Action Plan, Ministers agreed to adopt the Pacific Islands ICT Policy and Strategic Plan, and noted that it should be linked to the Regional Energy Policy and Plan. Members of the CROP ICT Working group, in consultation with member countries, were to conduct regular reviews and updating of the Plan.
The meeting supported the formation of national teams to work with their delegated national representative on the Pacific Governance Project.
According to Secretary Susaia, all the recommendations from the meeting will be included in the Pacific Islands Forum meeting later this year.
The Secretary's delegation included: FSM Assistant Secretary of Communications, Jolden Johnnyboy; CEO/General Manager of FSM Telecommunications - Takuro Akinaga, and the Deputy General Manager, John Sohl.
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