Sunday, 17 January 2016
Location: South Pacific 4
Regulators have to contend with changes in technology, law, business models, policies and globalization of the sector. Donors are changing the way they view ICT in the Pacific and there is a change in Governments engagement in the sector. The combination of these waves of change and the increase in their frequency of change creates a resonant effect that results in a wave of change of “Tsunami” proportions. The Panel will address these changes and what the Pacific needs to do to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities being presented by these changes.
Charles Punaha, very instrumental in the establishment of NICTA of Papua New Guinea, will enrich the discussions on the key skills that are required In the new regulatory environment and present views on ensuring the independence of the regulatory body; Shivnesh Prasad understands the requirements of small island states and his role as Chairman of the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji will enable him to provide insights on why small island developing states have special consideration especially when grappling with the new emerging technologies. Donnie Defreitas, an experienced regulator will provide views on training the payers in the ICT regulatory ecosystem to remain relevant. Ivan Fong, key player in the Fijian ICT private sector will provide the industry perspective on regulation in an era of change and his views on the impact of regulatory decisions.
Director, PiRRC, and Regulator, Office of the Regulator
CEO, National Information and Communications Technology Authority (PNG)
Papua New Guinea
President, Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA), and CEO, Telecom Fiji Limited
Director, Communications, Ministry of Justice and Communications, and Acting Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Fiji