Better Pacific Connectivity on the cards

Pacific leaders met in Auckland, NZ on Thursday 4 February and signed a Cooperation Arrangement relating to a Pacific International Connectivity Project.

They were (from left) Tokelau Minister for Communications Mose Pelasio, Premier Toke Talagi of Niue, NZ's Minister or Foreign Affairs and Trade Murray McCully, Prime Minister Henry Puna of Cook Islands, and President Édouard Fritch of French Polynesia. The meeting was chaired by Jonathan Kings of MFAT (standing).

The Connectivity Project will agree on actions to achieve the governments' shared vision of providing reliable, affordable and high-speed broadband in their countries.

Government officials are working together to present leaders with solutions for a submarine cable, and satellite infrastructure for those islands that cannot be served by the cable due to remoteness. New Zealand will facilitate the planning and development phase of the project.

Tokelau Minister Pelasio was supported at the meeting by the General Manager, Apia - Joe Suveinakama; and General Manager, Teletok - Tealofi Enosa.