Luganville and SANMA ready for 2021 National ICT Days
Vanuatu will join many countries around the world to celebrate ICT Days this year 2021, under the theme “Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times”.
This year, Vanuatu Government through the Ministry of Prime Minister, being the Ministry responsible for ICT and Broadcasting, has decided for the event to be commemorated in King’s town, Luganville, SANMA Province, from 17th – 18th May 2021 at Unity Park. There will be no celebration in Port Vila.
The event is organised to coincide with the World Telecommunication & Information Society Day (WTISD), which is celebrated annually across the globe.
As part of the preparations towards this ICT event, a coordinating committee was established under the Office of Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), and the office of the Telecommunication, Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR), is led by the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO), Mr John Jack, of the OGCIO, under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Members of the Coordinating Committee had from 15th February till 19th February held meetings with stakeholders, business houses, such as NISCOL, Santo Hardware, URA, and different senior and junior secondary schools, including Santo East, Kamewa, Matevulu College, Aore, Lycee de Luganville, Sarakata Centre School, Banban Centre School, Maritime College and Agriculture College to promote the event.vIn its meeting with SANMA Provincial Government, and the Luganville Municipality, both President Langi Malmal Tavue and Lord Mayor Patty Peter have confidently assured the Coordinating Committee in saying that SANMA and Luganville are ready to welcome and host the 2021 National ICT Days to be celebrated in Luganville’s Unity Park.
They both reaffirmed that through a firm relationship between these two local authorities, they will promote the 2021 National ICT Days, through their working and communication network so that people from Luganville and SANMA to actively participate to the event.
For Mayor Patty, he also noted that today, Vanuatu is not immune as many countries in the world are in a challenging time where, ICTs is used everywhere in business, in schools and in the community, “ and we cannot go or do any business without ICT tools”.
He said that with the use of ICT tools, mobile phones including smartphones are the main tools use today to boost economy in this region. It helps speed the education learning of our children.” Chair, Mr Jack said he is so happy with the outcomes of the meetings. He said he acknowledged the concerns and interests shown by stakeholders and business owners in Luganville from the challenges they face. He assured everyone that the coming event will be an opportunity to learn lessons from each other and to share experiences as to how the use of ICT tools has impacted the lives of people and their businesses. Mr Jack was so impressed to see that everyone from businesses to school administrations were so excited and confirmed to the Committee, they are looking forward and to participate actively to the coming event.
He emphasised “2021 National ICT Day is an opportunity for ICT stakeholders throughout Vanuatu to continue to push for digital transformation by celebrating success stories, sharing challenges, lessons learned, case studies, good practices, solutions, strategies and policies to meet present and future challenges. Therefore, we seek support through sponsorship and participation from everyone to make this national event a success in 2021.”
Last year COVID-19 crises has not only highlighted the critical role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for continued functioning of societies but also brought to the fore the startling digital inequalities between and within countries.
OGCIO and TRBR are the leading institutions mandated to organise and coordinate the 2021 event of the National ICT Days.
Govt Partners with SANMA & Luganville Authorities for 2021 National ICT Days event
Stakeholders and business houses in Luganville and SANMA Province, welcomed and confirmed their firm support and commitment for the coming 2021 National ICT Days, to be held at Unity Park (La Place) in King’s town, Luganville, Santo, SANMA Province on the 17th and 18th May 2021.
During its second awareness visit in March in Luganville, the National Coordination Committee had successful meetings with leaders of organisations within the Luganville and Sanma communities, senior officials from different Government institutions, General Managers and Chief Executive Officers from different semi Public and Private institutions in Luganville.
The main message of the visit was based on this year’s theme “Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times”.
Based on the theme, this year we will be introducing for the first time a Digital Innovation Pitching session divided into three (3) categories - service sector, productive sector and financial sector. It is an opportunity for service providers to pitch their digital innovative solutions as well as promote and create greater visibility of their solutions.
The Digital Innovation Pitching session will be judged by a panel of judges and also we will give the opportunity to the audience to vote. The results of the vote will assist the judges in their decision for the awards.
The whole idea between the Digital Innovation Pitching session is to increase promotion and visibility of the innovative solutions that are available on the market and it will be the only time where service providers will be given the opportunity to pitch their solutions against each other to the same audience and give the audience to provide their views and feedback. It is hoped that this will be an opportunity to convince more people and increase usage of those innovative solutions and take their business into another level.
A tentative program has been prepared and will be made available once approved.
The visit also took the committee to visit some of the SANMA Area administrators, to share and explain the event and also to have their support to make the event a memorable one hosted and owned by citizens of Luganville and SANMA Province. The committee also visited schools in the rural areas in the East Coast of Santo, and as far as Fanafo and South Santo.
To show their strong commitment and engagement, the SANMA Provincial Government through Secretary General Albert Ruddley, invited the National Coordination Committee to attend this month’s Provincial Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) meeting that is scheduled for Thursday 1st April 2021 at their Headquarter. The meetings gathered all the stakeholders, who will have the opportunity to hear a presentation from the Committee on the coming ICT Days event in Luganville.
The committee also met with Member of Parliament of Luganville Constituency, former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock and Bio-secuirty, Hon. Matai Seremaiah.Hon. MP Seremaiah thanked the Government for taking the 2021 National ICT Days to his Constituency and assured the Committee that as a responsible leader to his people, he does not see why he would not consider nor support the event. “They event is for my people and it is an opportunity for musicians and artists from the North to show case their talents and skills” MP Seremaiah said.
The National Coordination Committee planned to meet with all Members of Parliament of Luganville, Santo Rural and Malo/Aore Constituency in soliciting for support towards the 2021 National ICT Days event to be hosted in King’s town Luganville, Santo, Sanma Province from the 17th to the 18th of May 2021. This second visit ended on 1st April 2021.
The National Coordination Committee takes this opportunity to thank Luganville Municipality, SANMA Provincial Government, and every stakeholders, and business houses and schools, for their welcome and support.
SG SANMA: 2021 ICT Days in Luganville, SANMA Province, timely
The Secretary General (SG) of SANMA Provincial Government, Ruddley Albert has described the upcoming ICT Days event in Luganville, Santo, SANMA Province, as timely, outlining digital projects that are already on the Provincial Government pineline, this year and beyond.
In a brief discussion in Luganville, with Mr John Jack, Chairman of the 2021 ICT Days Coordinating Committee, SG Ruddley explained the business plan that englobes the whole of SANMA Province – not to leave anyone behind.
He said the internet and mobile connection today now reach many more people in SANMA rural, a huge difference, in terms of costing in particular, compared to past years, where people had to travel far just for a single document/paper to have a photocopy of it.
“Internet/mobile connection today, has changed people’s lifestyle, from their oldest way of doing businesses – with this telecommunication connection, farmers in the rural areas, for example can easily market their local produces through online services,” he added.
He said as outlined by the national government policy to ensure government services are delivered and reached the door steps of the rural communities.
He said the current business plan now in place, is purposely to ensure all the services provided by SANMA Provincial Government reaches its rural people, including SANMA offshore islands as far as Malo, Tasmalum and Olboe in terms of ICT/internet usages.
SG Ruddley re-affirmed that their business plan goes in line with the national government policy under ‘Peoples National Plan 2030’ for quality education, an inclusive, equitable and quality education system with life-long learning for all; strengthen institutions to ensure they are cost-effective and well- resourced to deliver quality public services; strengthen physical planning and management to meet the service delivery needs, of a growing population; guarantee the public’s right to information; and to strengthen research, data and statistics for accountability and decision-making; improve access to appropriate technology; knowledge and skills in food production; preservation and storage; and to increase access to knowledge, expertise and technology to enact our blue-green growth strategies; and to ensure new infrastructure and development activities; cause minimal disturbance to the natural land and marine environment.
He further added “with the business plan, the current council of SANMA wishes to inform people of this province that the council has also plans that for the next 20 years or so, there will be construction of roads around Santo and to create commercial centers in some of the selected commercial areas of the province to improve and provide easy access of some main services through online services .” He informed that since last year, SANMA Province started to print birth certificate through ICT services and network – a change in the province. Chair John Jack thanked SG Ruddley for his vision and future plans for SANMA Province. He said he looks forward for the ICT Coordinating Committee to work close with the Province, for the inclusivity of SANMA in 2021 ICT Days in Luganville, Santo.