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Fiji receives ICT award

 

Sep 28, 2015 07:53:54 PM

Fiji receives ICT award Fiji’s efforts in harnessing its ICT sector has been recognised by the International Telecommunications Union and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday received the ICTs in Sustainable Development Award in New York.

The prestigious award was presented to Heads of State and Heads of Government in person and honours the important contribution made by leaders, on behalf of their country, towards harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development.

It recognizes success stories and impressive progress made in ICT development over recent years in individual countries, as well as the over-arching importance of ICTs as an essential enabler for the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“I am proud to accept this award and acknowledge the commitment of the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Communications who have worked on so many levels to catapult our country to an advanced state of communications,” PM Bainimarama said in his acceptance speech.

“Their hard work has harnessed the talents of our businesses and our people, and helped countless of Fijians realize their untapped potential.”

“Government has to set the vision and put sensible policies in place. And it has to see advances in information technology as part of a larger plan to empower our people and create opportunities. One thing is clear: Information technology is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end.”

“We will continue to expand our footprint in the ICT sector and in doing so we look forward to working closely with the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations and other agencies to use technology to encourage more engagement in the Fijian economy, foster greater financial inclusion and bring the benefits of information technology development to every Fijian.”

“In Fiji, we are attacking the causes of poverty, exclusion and inequality. We want to be sure that no one is denied the benefits of the modern world because of income, gender, disability or geography.”

He said they need to connect people in rural and urban areas to the modern economy through quality infrastructure.

“That means electricity, water, public transport, roads and ports. But it especially means access to affordable telecommunications.”

“We are convinced that bridging the digital divide between urban and rural, rich and poor, those in the centre and those in the margins, would help us bridge the political, cultural and social divides and mainstream all our citizens,” he added.

By Reginald Chandar

 

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