Telecommunity conference underway

Samoa will host the 11the Asia Pacific Telecommunity Policy and Regulation Forum in Apia from November 27-29.

The three-day conference was preceded by a “internet connectivity workshop on ensuring sustainable connectivity in the Pacific” yesterday.

Samoan Regulator, Auelua-Fonoti, said she was pleased that Samoa is hosting the conference and looked forward to the outcomes.

“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,” she said.

The workshop will be facilitated through collaboration between the Asia Pacific Telecommunity, Internet Society, Asia-Pacific Network Information Center and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

The three-day conference will conclude with a e-application workshop organised by the International Telecommunication Union and the Pacific Islands Telecommunication Union in partnership with the Asia Pacific Telecommunity.

According to a statement from the Government, the events will provide a common platform for the nations of the region to discuss issues and suggest feasible solutions. This will be done through dialogue on trends of the ICT Policy, regulation updates of the Pacific, artificial intelligence and internet of things as well as internet connectivity in the Pacific Islands and beyond.

A total of 70-80 participants are expected to participate in the conference which starts today. These will include representatives from the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation, ITU, Facebook and others.

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