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Tonga took part in the 3rd World Internet Conference in China

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/11/2016)

Nearly 2000 people from 110 countries participated at the 3rd World Internet Conference, in Wuzhen, China with the theme “Innovation Driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All last week.

China’s President Xi Jingping on a live video said, the rapid development of the internet has changed the world in which we live, bringing new opportunities as well as new challenges to the human society.

Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister – Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni further reiterated the importance of international cooperation and joint efforts to build a community of common future in cyberspace.

He emphasized the need to uphold cyber sovereignty, promote fairer and equitable global internet governance.

The challenge of providing healthcare services to rural and remote communities, lack of health professionals in these remote communities, and not having more readily available information to health professionals and policy makers.

He added that using ICT and internet can be a key enabler to address these challenges and providing better health care services to these vulnerable communities.

He acknowledged that the small island developing states have limited connectivity and the high cost of internet connections especially in remote communities.

Deputy Prime Minister agreed to do things smarter and that we need to look for innovations that address the difficulties that Tonga faces such as providing online, mobile healthcare services over limited bandwidth and concerns about cyber security and privacy.

He also highlighted that innovations must be accessible and affordable, and doesn’t leave anyone behind but that benefits us all.

Tonga’s delegation include; Tonga’s Ambassador to China H.E. Tau’aika ‘Uta’atu, and Viliami Tupou, Senior ICT Officer at Ministry of Finance and National Planning.

© Radio & TV Tonga News 2016