Students at the TVL Booth

By Glenda Willie

Acting Prime Minister and Minister responsible for ICT and Telecommunications, Ham Lini, called on citizens, institutions and businesses to embrace the theme for 2017 Pacific ICT Days which is, ‘Big data for big impact’ when he officiated its launching yesterday.

Big data for big impact explores the power of big data for development and examines the opportunities to convert unprecedented quantities of data into information that can drive development.

Lini stated, “Big data for development is about turning imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in development context.

“The insight brought on by advanced analysis can strongly compliment the evidence-based nature of decision making that can be leveraged at the national, regional and international level to drive success towards attaining all 17 of the united Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

“We want to establish ourselves as leaders in ICTs, using as out models for long term development, other countries like Singapore, South Korea, and Estonia. All these small countries became world leaders in just a generation, mainly through innovation in ICTs, e-commerce and e-government. We can do it too, and we know we are on the right track.”

Every year on 17 May, the ITU membership around the world, celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – a day to mark the founding of the Union over 150 years ago.

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