26 November 2018 Internet Connectivity Workshop on Ensuring Sustainable Connectivity in the Pacific

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The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and the Office of the Regulator will co-host the upcoming 11th Asia Pacific Telecommunity (“APT”) Policy and Regulation Forum (prfp-11) in Apia from the 27-29 November 2018; this event is made possible in collaboration with partners inclusive of the Governments Japan and Department of Communications and the Arts, Government of Australia.

The 3 day forum will be preceded by the “Internet Connectivity Workshop on Ensuring Sustainable Connectivity in the Pacific” on 26 November 2018; this workshop is facilitated through collaboration between APT, Internet Society (“ISOC”), Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (“APNIC”) and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”). The PRFP-11 will be concluded by the e-Application Workshop organised by the International Telecommunication Union (“ITU”) and Pacific Islands Telecommunication Union (“PITA”) in collaboration with APT, to be held on 30 November 2018.

The purpose of the event is to provide a common platform for the nations of the region to discuss issues for feasible solutions; through dialogues pertaining to Trends of ICT Policy, Regulation updates of the Pacific, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, as well as Internet Connectivity of the Pacific and beyond.

There will be approximately 70-80 participants attending the event, including international guest and representatives from organisations such as Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (“CTO”), ITU, Facebook and others.

“As the Regulator, I am pleased to see this Forum being hosted by Samoa, and look forward to the positive outcomes that will result from the discussions and workshop next week”, said Ms Auelua-Fonoti.