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Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association conducts its 9th Annual General Meeting

The Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association or PITA as it is commonly known held its 9 th Annual General Meeting at the Warwick Fiji, Coral Coast from the 25 th to 28 th April 2005.

PITA having been formed by the small islands and developing states of the Pacific to represent its interests, has grown to become a regionally recognised body in the field of telecommunications comprising of 41 members from 22 Pacific Islands and 53 Associate members from the various developed countries internationally.

The meeting began with an opening remarks from the PITA President having noted a record participations of 176 delegates, and it then moved on to PITA works and administrative report on activities and developments, including election of Mr. Ivan Fong from Telecom Fiji Ltd as PITA Vice President and Mr. Mathias Lawrence from Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation as PITA Executive Member. This was followed by discussions and adoptions of proposals, new workplans and subsequent budget to allow PITA carry out effectively its workplans and objectives. Partner reports and proposals for collaborative plans was also heard from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Australia Department of Communications, information Technology and the Arts (DCITA), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and from the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), providing opportunity to work together in areas of common goals in addressing key issues in region, capacity development, technical resources, cooperation and policy issues.

A strong contingent from the satellite services and solution providers in the satellite industry also participated from PITA's search for resilient platforms in the satellite services having being impacted greatly with a loss of one of the key satellites in January 2005.

With more island administrations having rolled out new GSM mobile systems, roaming opportunities and issues were also an area of great interests at the AGM with presentations on Pacific Islands Roaming study and commercial roaming options from roaming service providers.

Other areas of interest and discussed with solution providers were on the new technological advancements for solutions in delivering and providing suitable and affordable access to meet various requirements in the area of communications and ICT provisions and development.

To help PITA address key issues, particularly in the area of regional satellite plans and disaster recovery solutions, two working groups were formulated with specific objectives to explore and investigate plans that could be best implemented to address these key issues. The groups will report back to PITA on its recommendations.

20 exhibitors participated in the Tradeshow held in conjunction with the AGM, exhibitors were from the area of satellite services and integration, telecom value Added services and software, terminals, access technologies including radio and antennas and cables.

At the closing of the PITA 9 th AGM, Mr. Maui Sanford, President of PITA thanked all participants and promised to deliver more value to members and will continue to engender cooperation within members and associates for implementing action plans developed during the four days.

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