Subregional workshop on implementation of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Pacific island countries

19 Nov 2018 to 23 Nov 2018
Nadi, Fiji
By invitation only

At the first session of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) Steering Committee in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1-2 November 2017, Pacific island participants (Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu) identified four priority areas for the subregional implementation of AP-IS, namely 1) capacity building on the AP-IS four pillars; 2) connectivity and access to isolated communities; 3) infrastructure sharing policy and 4) cybersecurity and associated policies. In this context, the Pacific island participants requested that ESCAP, and its partners, provide technical support and hold a subregional capacity development meeting on these priority areas as part of the implementation of AP-IS subregional plan.

The above-mentioned four priority areas for the Pacific island countries and AP-IS subregional implementation plan were discussed at the Dhaka meeting based on ESCAP studies and analyses. According to a recent ESCAP study, 18 ESCAP member States, on average, had less than 2 per cent of their populations with fixed-broadband subscriptions in 2016. Out of the 18 countries, 8 are Pacific island countries (45%). In the case of mobile broadband subscription, 13 ESCAP member States, on average, had less than 20 per cent of their respective populations had access to mobile-broadband services in 2016. Six are Pacific island countries (46%).