UNDP Donates 53 Zoom Account Subscriptions for Samoa Government

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The Government of Samoa, through the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has received assistance, totaling USD$6,360 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Samoa, to provide 53 annual subscriptions for ZOOM Accounts.

Since the COVID-19 lockdowns across the globe, Zoom Meetings have become the most popular cloud-based video conferencing application now used by businesses, governments and NGOs to host meetings with remote or international colleagues and clients. The basic version is completely free of charge.

According to a press release, the assistance to purchase ZOOM subscriptions will provide a more controlled virtual environment for Government Ministries and Organisations to conduct virtual meetings and conference calls. It will also encourage Digital Workspaces and support Work From Home (WFH) arrangements.

“The virtual meeting accounts will allow Government Ministries and Organisations to host conferences and workshops for up to 500 concurrent users per meeting and 500 users for Webinars with unlimited minutes per session, whether with local partners and stakeholders or with International Partners and Organisations.”

“The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in continued partnership with the UNDP Local Team will work with Heads of Government from the various Government Ministries and their respective IT Divisions to support and ensure the timely roll-out and use of these ZOOM licenses”.

The Government of Samoa expressed its appreciation for the timely assistance by UNDP.

For more information please contact:

Mr Suetena Loia, Manager ICT-MCIT @ e-mail: s.loia@mcit.gov.ws and/or Ms Alexandra Petaia, ICT Associate-UNDP @ e-mail: alexandra.petaia@undp.org can be contacted for further information and support.