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Cook Is-Niue-Samoa concluding the signing of Manatua Polynesia Cable......posted 06Apr17

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
COOK ISLANDS
PRESS RELEASE


CONCLUDING THE SIGNING OF MANATUA POLYNESIAN CABLE

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Henry Puna and the Government of the Cook Islands is pleased to welcome the participants of the 21st Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow to Rarotonga.  In congratulating PITA on this significant milestone, the Prime Minister acknowledged the Association for providing a vital forum for those involved with telecommunications in the Pacific, and a much needed Pacific voice in the international communications environment over the last 21 years.

“These are exciting times that demonstrates that the Pacific has come of age in harnessing the opportunities provided by telecommunications.  It also makes obvious the partnerships that is happening across our region.  Partnerships between Governments, telecommunication providers and communities working together to come up with solutions that will improve connectivity amongst ourselves and the rest of the world,” stated Prime Minister Puna.

The Prime Minister is especially excited that coinciding with the PITA 21st AGM and Tradeshow, is the conclusion of the signing process for an Agreement between the Government of the French Republic on behalf of French Polynesia, the Government of Niue, the Government of the Independent State of Samoa and our own Cook Islands Government, regarding the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Manatua Polynesian Connectivity Project cable system.  

According to the Prime Minister, “This is a significant demonstration of trust and cooperation between our Polynesian brothers and sisters to improve telecommunications and connectivity amongst ourselves and the rest of the world.  I believe that extraordinary opportunities lie ahead.  ICTs and in particular broadband networks, offer perhaps the greatest opportunity we have ever had to make rapid and profound advances in Pacific economic and social development.”

The Manatua Polynesian Connectivity Project will result in a submarine cable system that will be constructed between Samoa and French Polynesia, with branching units linking to Niue, Rarotonga and Aitutaki.  It will also be the first significant project of Polynesian cooperation to date.  

Officials from the four countries are currently working together through the finer details of design and specifications, procurement, necessary agreements on how the cable will be constructed and managed in the long term.  It is anticipated that a preferred supplier can be contracted in 2017.   

 
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