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10th APT Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific

From 25 to 27 April 2017 the 10th APT Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific (PRFP-10) will be taking place in Nadi, Fiji, organized by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT).

Most Pacific Countries share similar challenges and opportunities as located remotely in the Pacific with limited natural resources, large distances to major markets, and vulnerability to exogenous uncertainty, all of which can affect socioeconomic growth and have often led to a high degree of economic volatility. A long-term cooperation between international development partners, regional organizations and governments is required for sustained development progress, and will be vital for the long term future of the Pacific Islands.

Furthermore, countries in the Pacific face challenges in Telecommunication and ICT sector, which include issues such as international connectivity for the Pacific, cybersecurity, internet policy, emergency communications and ICT for disaster risks reduction. As such, the policy and regulatory issues for telecommunication and ICT development faced by the Pacific are unique. This region requires its own platform to deal with issues.

To this end, the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) has organized the APT Policy and Regulatory Forum for Pacific (PRFP) since 2009 to address a common challenges in Telecommunication and ICT Development issues of the Pacific Countries.

This year, the 10th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum for Pacific (PRFP-10) is being organized to address the most burning issues of Telecommunication and ICT Development in the region with a comprehensive suggestions on recognizing the current state of policy and regulatory in the Pacific, introducing new trends in Telecommunication and ICT development, and enhancing telecommunication and ICT development through an international collaboration with regional organization/institution/initiative. As a side event, the “Satellite Connectivity Workshop” will be held in back to back with the forum.

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