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Crown Prince attends ITU conference in Thailand

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/11/2016)

H.R.H. Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulākalala told the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Bangkok that Tonga was the first country in the Pacific to open its telecommunications market in 2002.

The Crown Prince’s attendance was due to a personal invitation from the Secretary General of ITU – Mr. Haulin Zhao.

His Royal Highness said as first in the Pacific Island Countries, Tonga liberalized its telecommunications market in 2002 by introducing competition, following a major review to the sector in the late 1990s, which saw the enactment of Communications Act 2000 that governs the development of the sector.

Crown Prince Tupouto’a said the Government of Tonga remains the largest business and economic player in the economy.

He noted that it was the responsibility of good leadership to implement such policies to govern the use and access of technology for the welfare of individual nations.

The leveraging of ICT and e-Government is an important vehicle that will allow Tonga’s economy to diversify and embrace knowledge economy based sectors whilst at the same time strengthening the traditional industries of tourism, agriculture and fisheries.

He said measures have been introduced to leverage the implementation of the e-Government programs through the establishment of easy accessible and affordable Internet Cafes and Internet Centers in rural communities and outer islands.

The ITU Telecom World was an annual event that provides unique opportunity to meet, network, and share knowledge with a unique and influential global audience.

The Crown Prince courtesy call with the ITU Secretary General, Mr. Haulin Zhao confirmed ITU’s efforts and commitment to connect countries around the world through its activities.

© Radio & TV Tonga News 2016