Welcome Remarks The Third Forum ICT Ministers' Meeting Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Friday 19th June 2015

Welcome Remarks The Third Forum ICT Ministers' Meeting Fa'onelua Convention Centre, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Friday 19th June 2015
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President

1. Acknowledgements and Greetings

Your Royal Highness, Crown Prince Tupouto’a ’Ulukala;
The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga and Minister for Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Meteorology, Information and Communications; Mr Siaosi Sovaleni;
The President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, Reverend Dr ‘Ahio and members of the Clergy;
Honourable Ministers of Communications from Pacific ITU Member Countries;
Chief, Projects & Knowledge Management, ITU, Dr. Cosmos Zavazava;
Director of the Asia Pacific Branch of the International Telecommunications Union, Mr Ioane Koroivuki;
Chairman of the CROP ICT Working Group, Dr. Dilawar Grewal and members of the Group;
Distinguished Government representatives;
Excellencies and members of the Diplomatic Corp;
Heads and Representatives of UN agencies and International organisations;
Representatives of Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP),
Representatives of Communications and Industry organisations;
Ladies and Gentlemen.

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Vice-Chancellor and President's Address: Side Event on ICT for Sustainable Development, SIDS 2014

Opening Address by Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of the South Pacific at the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States
Side Event Topic: ICT for Sustainable Development

11.00am-12.30pm, Thursday 4 September 2014
CR 1 Faleata Sports Complex, Apia, Samoa

1. Greetings and Welcome
Honourable Ministers
Distinguished Delegates
Vice-President Dr. Grewal and other colleagues from the USP
Ladies and gentlemen

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to our Side Event on “ICT for Sustainable Development”. ICTs are, of course, critical to the sustainable development of SIDS, and the draft outcomes document makes specific reference to the importance of ICTs. The University of the South Pacific represents one of the best examples of using ICTs for education and research in the Pacific. It is also the agency within the Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific (CROP) with lead responsibility for ICTs in the Pacific Islands region. We are therefore delighted to organize this side event with the aim of promoting greater understanding and development of ICTs in our region and in SIDs generally.

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USP’s IT can assist in Region’s Disaster Risk Management

The University of the South Pacific’s IT services and courses on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) could be optimised to address the challenges faced by our member countries in the area of disaster and risk management, says USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Special Duties Dr. Esther Williams.

She made the comments at the opening of the Focus Group Meeting on Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery at the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre at USP’s Laucala campus on May 12.

In terms of the role of USP’s Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, Dr. Williams said it represented a major regional resource providing huge capacity, major networking and significant linkages with business and other institutions.

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Fiji’s Acting PM opens ICT conference at USP

A two-day ICT conference opened by Fiji’s Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum began at The University of the South Pacific’s Laucala campus today.

The official opening was attended by academics, staff and students from the USP, University of Fiji and the Fiji National University.

In delivering his keynote address, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji now has the opportunity to produce a vast array of people who will be well educated.

Highlighting major changes that have taken place in the last four years, he said the Fiji Government has made an enormous investment in human resources through the provision of free education and provided internet access through the liberalization of the telecommunications industry.

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