World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) focuses this year on “Empowering the least developed countries through information and communication technologies.” ITU calls on the public and private sectors to make pledges for universal connectivity and digital transformation in these countries through its Partner2Connect Digital Coalition.
WTISD has been celebrated annually every 17th of May since 1969. It marks the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and founding of ITU in 1865.
Vanuatu started to join the rest of the ITU member countries to celebrate this annual event in 2012 as the National ICT Days. For the last 10 years, the National ICT Days was celebrated in Port Vila and last year this event was celebrated in Luganville, Santo, and SANMA Province on Monday 17th, and Tuesday 18th of May 2021.
This year 2023, the Government through the Ministry of Prime Minister, the Minister responsible for ICT, has decided that the event will be hosted in Port-Vila, Efate, and Shefa. It is a one-day event and it will convene on the 17th of May 2023. The theme of this year’s celebration is in line with the WTISD theme, which is “Empowering the least developed countries through information and communication technologies.”
Together, let us make 2023 a year of progress for digital transformation in our Country.
Prime Minister , Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau emi happy mo emi look forward blo openem 2023 National ICT Day we bae emi happen virtually lo Malvatumauri Chief’s Nakamal lo 17 May 2023.Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau, Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu
GERARD METSAN, Vanuatu Government Chief Information Officer
"The ICT Days is a unique celebration. It is the only event that brings all sectors and industries together to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to promote and ensure an healthy ageing."
During these challenging times, Digital innovation becomes very relevant for our society including our Aging communities. Our theme for this year is “Digital Technologies and Healthy Aging” which signaled to us that Digital technology including artificial intelligence could play very important role in ensuring Quality of life in an Aging population. To ensure that our aging citizens have access to digital technologies, they must first have access to quality internet, and priority ICT infrastructure through Government Policies and through participation of the private sector in the implementation of these policies, and also recognize that Digital literature is necessary for technology uptake. Therefore, we are reaching out more to the communities educating them to embrace the values of ICT and digital technologies that will help them grow and prosper in their livelihood. Further, the ICT Day brings together all sectors to share ideas in the advancement of ICT and technology development in our nation.BRIAN WINJI, Vanuatu Telecommunication & Radiocommunication Regulator