Report on the third Regulatory Internet Forum 2017

TRR in implementing its functions under the TRR Act and is performing at its best to ensure there is proper and appropriate framework for the internet market development for this country. In doing so, TRR facilitated a number of meetings and forums with stakeholders involved including the above mentioned forum to discuss Internet matters that are currently at TRR’s priority list to address. And one of which is the Management and administering of .vu hence, the principles and policies of Vanuatu’s ccTLD.     

On 28th November 2017 TRR organized its third Regulatory Internet Symposium at Mele Golf Club in Vanuatu. The meeting promoted a theme ‘Promoting safe, Inclusive, Sustainable and Economical Internet Environment’ for the people of Vanuatu which is in line with the current Vanuatu National Cyber Security Policy and the National ICT Policy where priority action plans were placed on the OGCIO and the TRR’s responsibilities.

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Pacific Internet Governance Forum 2017 held in Port Vila, VANUATU

PIC1: Dalsie Baniala (Vanuatu TRR), Wisit Atipayakoo (ITU) and Nettie Collins (USP) the first Panelists on the topic of “Accessibility and Affordability”

After the first Pacific IGF in 2011, the Government of Vanuatu (through OGCIO and the TRR) in collaboration with the Pacific ICT Regulatory Committee (PIRRC), Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC), Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), CROP ICT Working Group, , the Australian Government through Department of Communications, USP and other partners and donors supported a multistakeholder open process welcoming inputs from governments, the business sector, civil society, academics and anyone who believed to make a change in the future of Internet in the Pacific.

Representatives from eleven Pacific countries attended the 2017 Pacific Internet Governance Forum to advance a strategic vision for the future Internet Governance in the Pacific region.

A joint opening session was organized with the Pacific ICT Days 2017 and the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Ham Lini Vanuaroroa highlighted the need to ensure that we had an inclusive, secure and safe Internet where children would be protected and the Internet could be used in a productive manner.

Sessions were facilitated by Ian Thompson of USP and the panelists were asked to give short opening statements to allow for more audience participation. Panelist included experts and persons working in the Internet community who freely shared their experience. This year’s forum on Pacific Internet Governance Forum put forward policy recommendations for the future of the internet governance, by providing a multistakeholder process for coordination among key practitioners and for addressing the interests of the end users who are concerned about the future of internet governance. The theme “Working for an inclusive, Secure and Safe Internet” educated the wider public on the most effective ways to promote Internet access, while simultaneously presenting a few case studies and best practices in the Pacific.


PIC 2: Some of the attendees of the two day Pacific IGF 2017 in the Vanuatu National Convention Center


PIC3: Dr Tobias Feakin, Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs delivering a speech during Pacific IGF

Videos of the Pacific IGF can be found on this link