Hon. Meltek Sato KILMAN LIVTUVANU
Honourable Prime Minister
Minister responsible for ICT and Telecommunications
ICT Show Opening Speech: Honourable Prime Minister
Honourable Ministers, Members of Parliament, Ambassadors, Chiefs, Regulator, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you here today to open the first Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Showcase in Vanuatu. Indeed it is the first within the South Pacific Region.
I am delighted that the Secretary General, Dr Touré, of the International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, has taken the time to record a special message for us. As the Secretary General said we are celebrating the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with our Information and Communications Technology, or ICT , showcase.
Although Vanuatu is still at an early stage in the use of ICT products and services, widespread adoption will greatly assist Vanuatu to achieve the vision of a Healthy, Wealthy and Educated Nation.
That adoption will only accelerate when every man, woman and child understands the value of using ICT products and services in their everyday life.
In order to promote this understanding, today’s ICT Showcase will demonstrate many of the practical applications of ICT in such areas as land registration, environment, banking, public administration, transport, commerce, and education for the benefit of citizens, consumers, and businesses at large.
I am delighted by the positive participation of all the companies and organisations that are supporting the showcase. Indeed we have over 25 exhibitors drawn from Government Departments and the private sector. From the private sector we have representatives from the banking, retail, media and telecommunications sectors. Thank you one and all for your support today and indeed your confidence and investment in Vanuatu.
The ITU is also celebrating Women and Girls in ICT. I am delighted that Vanuatu is blessed with many women and girls who have either joined the ICT sector or are using ICT to further their own businesses or careers. A group of selected women and girls will be appearing at various times on the stage to talk about their success stories and how ICT
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has helped them to achieve their goals and aspirations. I urge you to listen and learn from their experiences.
I wish to thank Mr. Alan Horne, the Telecommunications Regulator and his staff, as well as Mr. Fred Samuel, the CIO, and his staff, who have worked hard to organise this event today on behalf of Government.
As Minister responsible for Telecommunications I view the Regulator as a partner with Government in developing the ICT sector.
Considerable benefits have been realised since Government took the initiative to open up the telecommunications sector. Prices for telecommunications have fallen, the number of services has grown, the coverage for mobile voice has increased to around 90% of the population and the sector is now employing over 2,500 people. Not only has the ICT sector grown but so has the impact on the economic and social life of everyone using telecommunications and other ICT products and services.
Collectively our next major challenge is to ensure the same growth in the use of the internet and access to the world wide information sources and communities. Government is developing its policies to enable the private sector to achieve our vision of “ICT for All”. As a priority we wish to see every school and manned Health Centre connected with high speed internet by 2015. This will enable considerable improvements in our education and health services.
Government is building upon its investment in a nation-wide voice and data network by building the institutions and applications to improve the efficiency and delivery of services to everyone throughout Vanuatu. We have established the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer under the leadership of Mr Fed Samuel, to undertake this important work.
We will only succeed in our goal of “ICT for All” and support achieving a Healthy, Wealthy and Educated Nation, through close cooperation between the Private Sector and Government initiatives.
I am looking forward to my tour of the ICT Showcase to see firsthand demonstrations of ICT and examples of both Government and Private sector working together.
Please join me in this exciting journey.
I now declare the 2012 Vanuatu ICT Showcase open.