P.M. launches Samoa Information Technology Association
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has launched the Samoa Information Technology Association (S.I.T.A.).
Launched at the T.A.T.T.E. Convention Centre on Friday night, S.I.T.A. is the society for I.C.T. professionals in Samoa.
It has also launched a new website, www.sita.ws.
Tuilaepa congratulated members of the new Association.
“The significance is looking at opportunities where we can develop businesses to assist with Samoa’s economy so that the blessings will go directly to our people,” said Tuilaepa.
President of S.I.T.A., James Ah Wai, said their association came into existence because they believe in their vision that, “technology is for everyone.”
He said they value the importance of the multi-stakeholder approach in which the Government, business community, civil society, Technical community, education institutions, organisations and various groups are connected and work to address and resolve issues within our shores, brought about by the Digital Transformation.
“We are also well aware and mindful of various business opportunities now available which are very beneficial for the community because of technology," he said.
“We are driven by our mission to support the Government of Samoa and its people, in utilizing technology in all aspects of life to improve working and living standards, and protect Samoa from cyber-attacks, and any other threats through its network of IT professionals.
“To promote the belief that Samoa is a safe place to invest and make business.”
Mr. Ah Wai said they have set up some objectives to achieve their vision. These include developing the practice of the profession of information technology in Samoa by creating a database to registered all members and encourage everyone with IT related qualification to join.
“To foster the training, education and qualification of those practicing the I.C.T. profession in Samoa; to develop or provide lectures, meetings, conferences and to promote research in I.C.T.
“To promote proper conduct within its membership and to set ethical standards for the profession; to develop or provide lectures, meetings, conferences and to promote research in information processing and computer technology.
“To encourage collaboration and networking with local businesses, regional and funding organizations for the development and implementation of I.C.T. projects for the betterment of our community.”
The President acknowledged their major sponsors: Digicel, Bluesky, National University of Samoa, Taula Beverage.
“Over one hundred I.C.T. professionals from Samoa have registered their interest to join S.I.T.A. Each new applicant will be assessed and assigned to various memberships depending on the level of experience and or qualifications.”