The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Pacific ICT Days 2020, decided recently to postpone the 2020 Pacific ICT Days until further notice, due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic that is affecting many countries around the world, including the Pacific region also.
Chairman of the LOC, Mr John Jack, confirms in a media statement this week that with the current situation of COVID-19 with social distancing unfolding before our very eyes, we look to ICT as the tool that keeps us together by way of providing our communication channels open for collaboration including information sharing and therefore we can still share our achievements, challenges, and excitements.
“Our priority is to see everyone safe and in good health always. As such, it is a pity that this year’s Pacific ICT Days celebration will not happened as planned on May 15 for both Port Vila and Luganville due to the COVID-19 situation,” the LOC chairman explained.
“However, since this year is an important and special year for Vanuatu, it is proper for stakeholders of ICT developments in Vanuatu gather and spend time together to reflect and set our focus for the digital future for Vanuatu. Therefore, a new date of the celebration will be announced in the coming months.”
Mr Jack said that Vanuatu joins other members of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union), an ICT specialised agency of the United Nations, to celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) on May 17 of every year and celebrated locally as the “Pacific ICT Days” which has been declared as an annual technology event for Vanuatu by the Government of Vanuatu in May 17, 2012.
He said, “This year Vanuatu will be celebrating the ninth edition of the Pacific ICT Days with the theme “Connect 2030: ICT for the National Sustainable Development Plan – the People’s Plan”.
2020 is a key milestone for the future of ICT development and deployment globally. The “Connect 2030 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development” — Resolution 200 (Rev. Dubai, 2018) of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference sets out a global vision “where telecommunications/ICTs enable and accelerate social, economic and environmentally sustainable growth and development for everyone.
“The global vision for the development of ICT sector falls under the five strategic goals – Growth, Inclusiveness, Sustainability, Innovation and Partnership. This theme is very special to Vanuatu recognizing ICT as a key enabler to achieving our dreams and aspirations in the People’s Plan by 2030,” Mr Jack added.
“2020 is a special year for Vanuatu when we will celebrate 40 years of our political independence and marks the final 10 years of our 2030 Agenda for National Sustainable Development Plan and its 15 Goals.”