Theme: Bridging the standardization gap

Venue: National Convention Centre, Port Vila, Vanuatu


10.00 – 11.00

Opening of the Pacific ICT Days 2019

Keynote: Honourable Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu

11.00 – 11.15

BREAK + Opening Ceremony Photos

11.15 – 12.00

Session 1: Leaders Roundtable: ICTs and good Governance.

Government leaders and industry come together to give insights into the role of ICTs for the advancement of good governance. How technology is playing its part in making government work for all people in society. Also, its role in reducing wealth inequality by linking people through good government and business practices.

12.00 – 12.30

Presentation: Open VEMIS, a decentralised data collection with centralised online platform approach in Education by the Ministry of Education and Training

12.30 – 13.00

Presentation: Delivery of Vaccines using Drone - Ministry of Health / Swoop Aero

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

Session 2: From the village to the boardroom: How every level of society can interact with businesses

The emergence of internet technologies in the most remote areas has led to the ability for people from all walks of life to interact with businesses. How can this be improved and what other services can businesses offer through ICTS. How can commerce and trade between companies big and small improve the lives of people and increase the viability of businesses.

15.00 – 15.30


15.30 – 17.00

Session 3: Standards in regulation to protect the most vulnerable in society.

Regulators around the world have a responsibility to protect consumers while listening to the needs of the ICT businesses they regulate. However, what can be done to improve regulations for the most vulnerable in society such as women and children. Can regulations do more in the areas of cyber security to protect the people that may have a lesser voice in society.

17.00 – 18.00


18.00 – 22.00



8.00 – 8.30

Presentation: A disruptive solution that boost the entire industry, the example of Kava World

8.30 – 9.00

Presentation: Future proof connectivity in the Pacific

9.00 – 10.00

Session 4: Shaping standards in ICTs for developing countries

Developing countries have differing needs to those of the developed world for obvious reasons. Therefore, we must forge a path in ICTs standards that are suited to the market and the needs of the developing world, not just the needs of more privileged countries.

How can developing countries use standards that work in western society while using their own standards in a way that helps in their development while preserving the customs and traditions of the people.

10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 11.30

Session 5: Blockchain, what it means for Pacific countries

Blockchain is a word many people are still unfamiliar with. This session is discussing the real meaning of blockchain and how it can be used in the Pacific region.

Simply put Blockchain is the ability to distribute information, namely financial transactions in a way that it is almost impossible to copy or hack. This has been more prevalent since the emergence of Cryptocurrencies such as “Bitcoin”.

11.30 – 13.00

Session 6: ICT Developments for disaster relief and prevention

With the ever-increasing risks associated with climate change what can ICTs do to improve resilience to natural disasters. Also, when disasters do happen how can ICTs provide better responses to affected communities.

How are NGOs and Governments using ICTs to better mitigate the impacts of disasters due to the effects of climate change.

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

Session 7: Reducing social problems and issues through ICTs

This session discusses issues relating social problems and how ICTs can help. Social problems will always exist in society but how does the ICT ecosystem help reduce the impacts at the same time how do they not become part of the problem. We all know cybercrime is a problem which has been more prevalent in society with the explosion of ICTs over the last 20 years. How do we stop ICTs creating more social problems from our experiences with cybercriminal activity? At the same time ICTs must have a role in helping reduce social problems.

15.00 – 16.00

Session 8: ICTs a decade from now, how they will impact the next generation

This session looks at ICTs over the next decade and how they will be evolving. What impact will this have on the future of Vanuatu as a whole?

16.00 – 16.30


16.30 – 17.00


17.00 – 19.00


19.00 – 23.00