Almost all communities in the Pacific region are touched in some way by information and communication technology (ICT)— whether ‘old ICT’ such as radio, telephone and television or ‘new ICT’ such as Internet and mobile phones. ICT therefore provides a critical tool for development. But if ICT is to effectively support national development, there must be an enabling environment in place to spur advancement in the sector. Key factors in creating such an environment are appropriate ICT policies and legislation, and parliamentarians hold the power to put these in place. Recognising the important role of parliamentarians, the European Union (EU), through the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP), funded the ICT Access for the Poor project in the Pacific, which was implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). During the project, which ended in March this year, SPC delivered assistance to 12 parliaments –– Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
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