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Our PM Receives Top Award In NY

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has received a top communications technology award in New York. The ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in Sustainable Development Award is in recognition of the progress
28 Sep 2015 10:59
Our PM Receives Top Award In NY
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama receiving the ICTs award in New York. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has received a top communications technology award in New York.

The ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in Sustainable Development Award is in recognition of the progress made by Fiji in communications technology.

He said: “I am proud to accept this award and acknowledge the commitment of the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Communications who have worked on so many levels to catapult our country to an advanced state of communications.

“Their hard work has harnessed the talents of our businesses and our people, and helped countless of Fijians realize their untapped potential.”

“Let me first thank the International Telecommunications Union and all the people here in this room who are facilitating access to communications technology to everyone in the developing world. “It is noble work, and Fiji is honoured to be part of this global effort.

“Government has to set the vision and put sensible policies in place. And it has to see advances in information technology as part of a larger plan to empower our people and create opportunities. One thing is clear: Information technology is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end.

“In Fiji, we are attacking the causes of poverty, exclusion and inequality. We want to be sure that no one is denied the benefits of the modern world because of income, gender, disability or geography.

“We need to connect people in rural and urban areas to the modern economy through quality infrastructure. That means electricity, water, public transport, roads and ports. But it especially means access to affordable telecommunications. We are convinced that bridging the digital divide between urban and rural, rich and poor, those in the centre and those in the margins, would help us bridge the political, cultural and social divides and mainstream all our citizens.”

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