PACIFIC TECHNOLOGY TAKES STAGE IN TOKYO

TOKYO, Japan (PINA, Jan. 12) - Innovative Pacific Islands projects using the Internet and Information Communication Technologies took center stage in Tokyo on Sunday.

They ranged from using solar power and HF radio to provide e-mail to remote island communities to satellites to help bring education and health services.

Details were given during an all-day Pacific Island States and the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) program leading into tomorrow's opening of the big WSIS Asian Conference.

Recommendations and resolutions from the Pacific program, held at the United Nations University, were being taken to the main conference.

The Asian Regional Conference in Tokyo is the Asia-Pacific preparatory meeting for main summit to be held in Geneva in December.

The World Summit on the Information Society is focusing on the revolution in information communication technologies (ICT), and their impact worldwide.

Some Pacific island speakers included Sam Taufao Secretariat of the Pacific Community; Rajesh Chanda, University of the South Pacific; Abel Caine , Fiji; Stuart Davies, Cook islands; and Fuatai Purcell, Samoa/New Zealand.

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