ADB President, Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and Treasury Discuss Support for COVID-19 Response

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (10 July 2020)— Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa and Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and Treasury and ADB Governor Harry Kuma today discussed how ADB can continue to support the country as it addresses the health risks and economic fallout from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “Solomon Islands must be commended for their early, proactive efforts …

USP joins Pacific GIS Remote Sensing Council

The University of the South Pacific becomes a Member of the Pacific GIS Remote Sensing Council. This comes after the formalization of a long term working relationship with the signing a Memorandum of Agreement with the Pacific GIS RS Council. The Pacific GIS & Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC) was established in 2017 to oversee the activities of the Pacific Islands …

Visa announces support for cryptocurrencies, to pursue projects in digital currency

Acknowledging scepticism over digital currencies, Visa stated intent to address concerns by working closely with leading companies and the public sector Global payments technology company Visa is placing its bets on cryptocurrency to expand its “network-of-networks to support new forms of commerce,” the company said in a blog post titled ‘Advancing our approach to digital currency’. The company notes that digital currencies …

In a region with no COVID-19 cases, the pain is still felt

This is the dawn of a new era for Samoa and the Pacific. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of the four countries and territories our office is supporting, the restrictions on international travel and public transport, including the suspension of inter-island ferries, have triggered changes in social dynamics, suspended business operations and caused people to …

Small islands need a debt shakeup to survive climate and Covid shocks

Small island states are sinking, and it’s not just from sea level rise: we are sinking in debt, exacerbated by the collapse of our tourist industries. Read the article as it originally appears on Climate Home News We are at a high risk of entrenching our public debt vulnerability, and the result could turn back development by decades. The High Level …

Digicel completes TOP $1.8m LTE upgrade for all sites in Tonga

Digicel, Tonga’s leading telecommunication and entertainment provider today announced the completion of a major TOP $1.8 million network upgrade. Now all sites are upgraded to LTE network and Digicel Tonga is the first operator to achieve this on the island.Digicel Tonga CEO, Anthony Seuseu said; “We simply want to give every Tongan the best mobile data experience and become their …

Tuvalu Government signs agreement with Kacific for wide-ranging suite of connectivity services

Nationwide connectivity, trunking, mobile back haul, marine and back-up services Funafuti, Tuvalu, 22 July 2020 – Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has signed a five-year agreement with the Government of Tuvalu to provide the Pacific Island nation with high-speed broadband internet connectivity via satellite. The bandwidth, supplied by Kacific’s high-throughput satellite Kacific1, will connect agencies, businesses, and communities across Tuvalu’s nine islands with …

Innovation and Technology – Women as a resource

In a recent episode of RESET Fiji by MaiTV addressing Innvoation and Technology for progress for Fiji post COVID19; Masi Latianara, the Director for Habitat for Humanity highlighted that while there is innovation and technological available, there is a greater need for bringing everyone in the community together i.e. the banks, suppliers, construction people etc. He highlighted how the current …

The GFCE Meets the Pacific

Written by Cherie Lagakali, Board Secretary, PICISOC (Pacific Island Chapter of the Internet Society); and Klee Aiken, GFCE Advisory Board member. In February 2020, the GFCE held its inaugural regional Pacific event in Melbourne, in the margins of the OCSC-GCSCC 2020 Global Cybersecurity Capacity Building Conference. During the event, donors, project implementers and Pacific partners discussed a common goal of …

Mapping cyber capacity building in the Pacific

Co-authored by Cherie Lagakali and Klée Aiken As discussions around all things digital become increasingly mainstreamed, cyber capacity building has established itself as a key component in the development agenda. Capacity building, broadly defined as — “stimulating change by developing or strengthening the capabilities and competencies of individuals, institutions, governments and societies ‘at large,’” with an emphasis on the need for processes “to be …