Vanuatu models itself on success

ICT Days 2016, Port Vila Vanuatu

Delegates and presenters pausing for a photo with the Kastom dancers who performed at the opening of ICT Days 2016

By Adrian Hunter | 18th May 2016 |

With even major western countries faltering, it is good to see that the tiny island nation of Vanuatu is not blindly following their lead.  At the opening of the ICT Days 2016 conference held at the new Conference Centre in Port Vila, Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai made this insightful statement:

“We want to establish ourselves as leaders in ICT, using as our models for long term development  successful countries like Singapore, South Korea and Estonia.”

Vanuatu Tourism Office booth

Vanuatu Tourism Office booth

Apart from everything already accomplished under the new government that came to power early in 2016, PM Salwai has also taken major steps in Information and Telecommunication Technology advancement for Vanuatu. The ICT Days celebration 2016 at the Vanuatu National Convention Centre in Port Vila included sponsorship by major entities such as the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, TRR, USP, TVL, Huawei, Vanuatu Tourism Office, Digicel, Wantok, Opticom, APNIC, Computer World, CNS, VNPF, Sharper Image, Kacific, vSolutions, Ahitec and ODC with their booths at the centre showcasing both real and projected advancement.

Custom Dancers performing

Custom Dancers performing

The Prime Minister announced three key policies undertaken by the Government for the development of the Island country. The key policies are:

  1. The National ICT Policy: This policy focuses on the benefit of the Citizens of Vanuatu by empowering the Nation with efficient Information and Communication Technologies.
  2. The Universal Access Policy: This is one most important policy that emphasizes on the reachability of the newer technologies to the different corners of the nation of islands by January 1, 2018.
  3. The Cyber Security Policy: It is a policy that ensures the cyber safety of the one visiting or who resides in Vanuatu following some rules to give them a safe space to share their knowledge and information from one to another.
Conference included lively Question-and-Answer sessions

Conference included lively Question-and-Answer sessions

Prime Minister says that the Government wants to encourage the setting up of more Information and Technology oriented firms strong enough to compete with the other countries.  He believes that for the growth of Vanuatu to be recognized by other countries Technology and Communication is a great resource.   Already with advancement at an exponential rate Vanuatu was successful in achieving an award from the United Nations last September entitled “Award for ICTs in Sustainable Development”.

The Australian Government has put forward their solid support for Vanuatu in aspects of the Development of the country’s ICT and Telecommunications Sector.

 

From Australian High Commissioner Bruer:

“Australia’s substantial support to the ICT sector in Vanuatu reflects our strong commitment to supporting Vanuatu’s development and the important role ICT plays in this effort”

Here at All About Vanuatu we certainly watch this growth with excitement.

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Adrian Hunter

Adrian has a long history as a journalist, having started in Radio News back in 1971 in Brisbane, Australia, and also in New Zealand and PNG.
More recently he has combined his journalistic skills with his interest in becoming an expat in Vanuatu, and thus is Co-Editor of AllAboutVanuatu.com and EscapeArtist.com/Vanuatu.

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