The notion by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders that a Regional ICT Initiative be recognised as a game-changing, transformative enabler of development and regional cooperation and integration should be commended.
Equally, efforts towards ensuring that the Regional ICT Initiative is successfully implemented with a sense of urgency, among others, must be applauded which includes the finalisation of the Pacific Regional ICT Strategic Plan (PRISAP) and the ICT landscape paper and the Working Groups Work Plan.
As chair of the Working Group, USP has devised this Communications Plan that clearly identifies a number of priority tasks for CROP ICT Working Group members to increase publicity for the work of the CROP ICT Working Group as a collective as well as on an individual member basis, upon which USP as the lead agency, will ensure that these priorities are undertaken efficiently by the relevant agencies.
The priorities will be closely aligned to the key pillars of the Regional ICT Initiative by the responsible stakeholder/member with the aim of maximising positive coverage and publicity of every aspect of the work of the CROP ICT Working Group.
More awareness among different players in ICT work throughout the region in particular will inform everyone including the Pacific what each player is doing in the field of ICT. This will provide more opportunities to collaborate and minimise on duplication and cost.