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APrIGF 2018

The Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), with the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) is co-hosting the 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF).  The event is due to take place on the 13-16 August 2018 at the Vanuatu National Convention Center.

The APrIGF serves as a platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration on Internet Governance and related activities at a regional level, and also where possible to aggregate national IGF discussions, ultimately advance the Internet governance development in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2010, while the global IGF is already in its fifth and final year of its initial charter, and Regional IGFs have been established in many other regions, including Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, to date, Asia Pacific has seen no parallel forum for discussing Internet governance issues at a regional level. For the first time, the APrIGF is therefore being convened with objectives to raise awareness and encourage participation from relevant stakeholders and importantly internet communities around the region on Internet governance issues.  The event will also foster multi-lateral, multi-stakeholder discussion about issues pertinent to the Internet in the Asia and the Pacific.

The multi-stakeholder approach is a core principle of the APrIGF with the emphasis on the diversity of participants and openness of the discussion. Valuing the youth as an important stakeholder and the future generations of the Internet, a Youth IGF also become an integral part of the APrIGF whereby they are held in parallel annually featuring a simulation of the multi-stakeholder discussion model among the young people on various Internet issues including its governance.

Dr. Vint Cerf. an American Internet pioneer, who is recognized as "the father of the Internet" will be the guest during this year’s events in Port Vila.

More information about this meeting can be found on the event website

Competition on Telecommunications/ICT Innovative Ideas

Invitation is open to Interested Individuals/Groups

TRR through its Telecommunications/ICT Consumer Protection and Education Awareness program is organizing a competition on Technology– specifically ICT - an Innovative Concept on how Technology/ICT could practically enable and or address common and national issues around the areas of:

• Agriculture
• Education
• Climate Change
• Traditional & Cultural Values
• Christian Principles
• Values and Labor Mobility

This exciting opportunity (Technology/ICT Innovation) is open to the general public in Vanuatu including:

• ICT Entrepreneurs
• University Computer Science Students
• Researchers
• Individuals who has a concept on how Technology/ICT can address an issue `or common issues
• Secondary Schools students or Teachers
• Primary Schools students or Teachers

And, any other interested Ni-Vanuatu with passion on developing new ideas using ICT tools.

If you are keen and interested to be part of this competition, and you have an exciting idea under the above areas that would benefit your community or Vanuatu citizens, submit your ideas or project ideas to the TRR by 4:00 PM, 31st October 2017.

For more information, contact George Hapsai or Andrew Molivurae at TRR on Telephone 27621 or email: or

Pacific ICT Day 2017 App Competition






To coincide with Pacific ICT Days 17/18 May 2017, the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), is holding a Mobile Application Pitch Competition. This competition provides an opportunity for developers to pitch to a panel of experts their mobile application idea. The winning pitch will be funded up to VT100,000 towards the development of the application. The application to be developed must align with one (1) of the seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals with focus on the following five (5) goals;

o   Gender equality

o   Responsible consumption

o   Sustainable cities and communities

o   Climate action

o   Preservation of Culture

Key deadlines:

  • 31 April 2017: Registration and Pre-Selection closes
  • 10 May 2017: Submission of full entries
  • 17 May 2017: Pitch Day at Pacific ICT Days
  • 18 May 2017: Winner announced

For Terms and Conditions or more details, click or download it here .


Click to register : Pacific App Competition Online Registration

Pacific IGF (17-18 May) Update held at PITA conference

During the week of 3-7 April, 2017, the Pacific Islands Telecommunication Association held their 21st anniversary AGM on Rarotonga, Cook Islands. This milestone event which attracted more than 200 overseas attendees, was opened by the Prime Minister.

The conference theme was “Unlocking Smarter Communities in the Pacific” and addressed critical issues and challenges in the Pacific and identified ways public and private partnerships could be coordinated in order to improve the lives of the people in the region. The event was hosted by Blue Sky Cook Islands  and speakers included ITU, Kacific, O3B, ABS and ICANN.

The refreshment breaks offered time for participants to gather together to discuss other common issues, and members of the Pacific IGF planning committee took advantage of the opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting to discuss this upcoming event.

Notes on meeting to discuss arrangements for Pacific IGF
Present were
  1. Pua Hunter                  Cook Islands
  2. Gerard Metsan            CIO Vanuatu
  3. Dalsie Baniala             TRR Vanuatu
  4. Save Vocea                   ICANN
  5. Elly Tawhai                 APNIC
  6. Kisione Finau             USP
  7. Marc Lipton               PIRRC
  8. Donnie Defreitas      PIRRC



The meeting agreed to discuss the following issues:

  • Organization of National Emergency Telecommunications Plans (NETP) workshop
  • Organization of Pacific IGF
  • ICT Day


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