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Thursday, May 1, 1997

The new Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association, PITA, will receive major administrative support from Telecom Fiji and FINTEL. The announcement was made during PITA's Annual Meeting in Suva last month.

Delegates, from throughout Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, were informed that two managers will be seconded to PITA for separate twelve-month periods. Their mission will be to carry out the Association's plans to improve telecommunications services throughout the Pacific Islands region.

The Executive Director of Hawaii's Pacific Telecommunications Council, Richard Barber, told the Honolulu PACNEWS Bureau that he signed a memorandum of understanding at the meeting with PITA President Atma Ram, Operations Manager of FINTEL, which enables PTC and PITA to share telecommunications information and collaborate on mutually beneficial activities.

The meeting also heard from the Managing Director of TONGASAT, Sione Kite, who said his organization will be involved in the launch of a new communications satellite during June. It will be TONGASAT's fifth.

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