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19 September 2016

Samoa hosts Regional Radiocommunications Seminar

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afioga Afamasaga Rico Tupai officially opened the Regional Radiocommunications Seminar 2016 for Asia and the Pacific this morning.

The conference is hosted by the Government of Samoa, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA).

ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies and PITA is a non-profit organisation formed to represent the interests of Pacific small island nations in the field of telecommunications.

The seminar will see 60 participants from the Asia and Pacific region engaging in discussions relating to the theme, “‘Bridging the Digital Divide’.

Afamasaga in his address encouraged the participants to share experiences and discuss benefits and the challenges that the region is facing in radiocomunication.

“Its an ever changing time and ever changing technology and lets not get left behind,” said Afamasaga.

“We come together in this forum, we sit together and share ideas and experiences.”

For Samoa, Afamasaga reiterated on the Government’s saying that ‘what’s good for Apia is also good for the rural areas’.

Samoa’s Regulator, Ms Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti said the seminar will focus on the topic of ‘Bridging the Digital Divide’ in the region, concentrating on the role of radiocommunication technologies, while also bringing together the major regional stakeholders to prepare the future key spectrum management decisions about the adoption and deployment of these technologies.

“This is a great opportunity for Samoa to be recognised by the ITU for its telecommunications progress and to spearhead PITA’s regional development in relation to radiocommunication technologies”, said Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti.

“We look forward to the positive outcomes that will result from the discussions and training we receive next week.

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