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Title: By Gisa Fuatai Purcell Secretary of National ICT Committee, ICT Advisor, and Director, ICT Secretari


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By Gisa Fuatai PurcellSecretary of National ICT
Committee, ICT Advisor, and Director, ICT
Secretariat, Ministry of CIT Government of
Samoa20 February 2007
  • Implementing Samoas National ICT Strategy
  • ITU JAPAN MEETING, TOKYO

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Order of Presentation
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Current ICT Situation
  • National ICT Strategy
  • ITU Telecenter Project
  • Progress so Far and Next Steps

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The Vision
  • ICT for every Samoan

4
Mission
  • For Samoa to be the leader of  ICT development 
    in the Pacific

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Background
11 Multipurpose Community Telecentres
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ISSUES - WHY ICT?
  • REMOTELY LOCATED
  • VULNERABLE TO NATURAL DISASTER
  • HIGH COSTS OF ICT INFRASTRCTR.
  • LACKS ICT KNOWLEDGE SKILLS THEREFORE LACKS
    CAPACITY TO USE AND UTILIZE ICT EFFECTIVELY
  • INEFFECTIVE AND INEFFICIENT SERVICE DELIVERY
    WITHIN SAMOA AND AMONG PACIFIC COMMUNITIES
  • LIMITED NATIONAL BUDGET

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The future is open and flexible
  • Through common standards, physical and virtual
    worlds interconnect
  • Technology is in distinguishable
  • The technology is autonomous and transparent so
    that it directs into whatever the end device is.

Source Presentation. Our way to the 3G world HP
Network and Service Provider Business Unit.
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National Statistics
  • Number of Landlines 18,000
  • Teledensity 7.8 (urban 5.6 rural 2.2)
  • Public Phones 182 (including the phone in the
    Womens Committee House)
  • Mobile Phones 65,100 (result of completion) new
    entrant started Nov 2007
  • Mobile Operators - 2
  • Internet Service Providers 3
  • Number of Internet Accounts 3,500
  • Cyber Cafes 9 (7 Upolu, 2 Savaii)
  • Population 180,000

10
Samoa s ICT Journey
  • 2001 - Government Commissioned e-readiness study
  • 2002 - Cabinet established the National Steering
    ICT Committee (NISC)
  • 2003 - Cabinet approved draft national policy
  • - NISC developed national ICT strategy
  • 2004 Conducted public consultations UNDP
    funded
  • 2004 Cabinet approved national ICT strategy
  • - established ICT Secretariat
  • 2004 Develop Proposals for Partnerships
    Translation
  • 2005 (23 March) Launched National ICT Strategy
  • IMPLEMENTATION BEGAN
  • 2005 ITU approved funding of 10 Telecenters -
    rural villages
  • 2006 UNDP approved funding of e-Government,
    FOSS etc.
  • 2006 VIA Tech and Motech approved funding a
    solar powered telecenter - implemented Aug
    2006
  • 2006 GKP funded wireless broadband west of Upolu
  • OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
  • 2005 Telecommunication Act promoting
    competition
  • 2005 Issue GSM licenses to 3 operators

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Participation is Learning
  • Most Important Lesson Learnt is Participation
  • WSIS
  • Regional and International ICT conferences
  • Public Consultations
  • Acknowledge ITU, UN Agencies and Sasakawa PIDO

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National ICT Strategy
  • NIST Drafted the Strategy
  • Draft for Public Consultation
  • Village mayors and Presidents of Womens
    Committees from every village invited to
    Consultation
  • Consultation with the Private Sector
  • Revised Strategy
  • Submitted Strategy for Cabinet approval
  • Proposals for Funding

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CABINET KEY APPROVALS
  • Establish the National ICT Committee - Prime
    Minister is Chairman
  • Multi-stakeholder Membership
  • Establish ICT Secretariat
  • Translate Strategy to Samoan

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National ICT Priorities
  • Rural Connectivity Programme
  • what's good in Apia is also good for rural
  • Telecommunication Infrastructure Appropriate,
    Affordable and Secure
  • Transforming Government (e-Applications e-Govt,
    health, disasters, country gatway)
  • Legislation
  • Capacity Building cuts across all priorities

15
The 4 Guiding Principles
  • 1 Human Resources
  • Awareness, Access, Attract Retain ICT
    Workforce, Participation
  • 2 Infrastructure Development
  • Reliable, Secure, Appropriate
  • 3 Multistakeholder Partnership
  • Cooperation - local, regional intnl
  • 4 Appropriate Policy Regulation
  • Appropriateness to People and Culture

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Objectives
  • To bridge the digital divide within Samoa and
    between Samoa and other countries
  • To promote ICT as a tool to achieve Samoa's
    Statement of Development Strategy, MDGs, and WSIS
    Plan of Action, in a citizen centered manner

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APPROACH
PLAN
IMPLEMENT
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Implementation Progress
  • Telecenters
  • Maintenance
  • Capacity Building
  • E-Government
  • E-Applications
  • FOSS
  • Localization
  • Regulations
  • GPS
  • Need 37 more
  • Require Technicians
  • Training and more!
  • Require Infrastructure
  • Need e-health etc.
  • Need Experts
  • Need Experts
  • Now have a Regulator
  • National GPS capability

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TELECENTER PROJECTIN SAMOA
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TELECENTER PROJECT
  • E-applications are useless if Citizens cannot
    access ICTs (PM, 2006)
  • Ultimate Aim - A Solar Powered tele-center per
    district 49 Districts.
  • 37 TELECENTERS NEEDED
  • ITU - 2005 launched 2 telecenters
  • - 2006 launched 8 telecenters
  • VIA Tech - 2006 launched first Solar Powered
    Telecenter
  • GKP - 2006 First Wireless Broadband

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TELECENTER SCENES
22
Scenes from Telecenters
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Selecting Locations
  • ICT Secretariat Prepared Presentation in Samoan
    Language to Womens Committees Youth Group
  • Advise the Women of Benefits of ICT
  • Promoted Project as a Business
  • Advised Women of their Responsibility i.e.
    Preparing a room for equipment, Furniture etc. as
    well as Security of the Site and Equipment
  • JICA AND EU HELPED BUILD WOMENS BUILDINGS

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LOCATIONS OF TELECENTERS
  • 5 in Savaii Island
  • 6 in Upolu Island
  • 1 being established in Manono Is.
  • 10 funded by ITU
  • 1 Solar Powered Telecenter donated by VIA
    Technologies and Motech
  • 1 in Manono will be the first telecenter to use
    Wireless Broadband, funded by GKP

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  • ITUs COMMITEMENT
  • ITU visited Samoa in May 2005, project document
    signed off August 2005.
  • First two telecenters launched Dec 2005
  • 10 Telecetnters funded by ITU
  • ITU provided 5 PCs, printer/copier/scanner,
    webcam, TV, DVD/ Video, projector, portable
    screen, paid 12mths Internet.

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Challenges
  • Women had no idea what a Computer is
  • Most Women after the Presentation said the
    Project will be good for Students
  • The Bids were conducted and handled by ITU in
    Geneva a different model but it works
  • Men felt left out
  • Some Could not afford to build a new room,
    furniture etc.
  • No suitable furniture and power points

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The Fesootai Center
  • A business for women of a different sort,
    providing paid services for the public including
    training
  • Empower Women through Training on Management
    using modern ICTs
  • Service Provided include Photocopying, Fax, Web
    Cam, Scanning, TV, Internet, Typing etc
  • Email services for anyone especially tourists
  • Training for local people

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Multi-stakeholder Partnership
  • UNDP Funded Planning Phase (Consultation,
    Reviewing national ICT strategy, Printing etc)
  • ITU, CSL, LESAMOA.NET, SAMOATEL, WOMENS
    COMMITTEES AND YOUTH GROUPS ITU Funds all
    equipment and training for Rural Connectivity
  • UNDP Funds e-Government, FOSS, Localisation,
    e-School Bus, Strengthens MCIT
  • VIA Technologies Inc. Pilot Telecentre using
    Solar Powered Computers
  • GKP, RURAL LINK (NZ), 2020 TRUST (NZ), CSL
    Providing Broadband using WIFI
  • DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY SAMOA GATEWAY

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EXAMPLE OF BENEFITS
  • Sagone Telecenter used to apply for permits of 43
    people to enter American Samoa, saving 40 per
    person, savings of 1720.00 Tala.
  • Movie for Primary School saw more adults than
    students
  • School Children use center as homework center,
    typing lessons etc.
  • Email is faster to communicate overseas

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RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • Governments strategy is to look for AFFORDABLE
    options for rural projects
  • Government, in partnership with VIA Technology,
    from the province of Taiwan, Peoples Republic of
    China is installing a Pilot Telecenter in
    Ulutogia using SOLAR POWERD Computers this week
  • VIA Technology provides all equipments including
    solar panels, batteries, computers
  • Result of participating at international
    conferences

33
LEAPING TO WIFI
  • GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP (GKP) promotes
    AFFORDABLE access for all to ICT. Project is
    connecting rural communities with WIFI cheaply
  • Government of Samoa Liaison
  • RURAL LINK NEW ZEALAND (GKP member) expertise for
    connection
  • 2020 TRUST NEW ZEALAND (GKP member) expertise for
    planning
  • CSL (GKP member) local expert

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THE INITIAL FEEDBACK
  • Experienced Savings from paying bus and/or boat
    fares to the capital
  • Students have a homework center
  • Teaching students and adults to use Word and
    email for 2 5
  • New Found Learning in Financial Management using
    computers
  • Learning about saving cash
  • Using multimedia to Watch Games on Big Screen is
    a new experience

38
New Business using ICT
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FROM THE WOMEN
  •  We are so proud to have this centre in our
    committee house as it provides us with the
    opportunity to learn again
  •  Some of our members have never been to school
    and were illiterate. They are now using the
    computer to learn how to spell 
  •  We are now earning money faster than any other
    function. We watch Rugby games on the BIG a new
    experience for us all. We charge 2 to train
    students and 5 for adults

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Progress So Far
  • The first two MCTs were launched on 22nd December
    2005.
  • 7 MCTs were established between January and May
    2006 with one more to go.
  • Data Collection Templates have been developed and
    given to Women to collect data on usage, etc.
  • Train the Trainer Programme is on-going
  • Need more computers for demand

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SUCCESS FACTORS
  • Political Will PM is Chair of the National ICT
    Committee
  • Multi-stakeholder membership of the NICT
    Committee
  • UN, Bilateral ITU Commitment to developing ICTs
    for LDCs
  • Public Consultations
  • Policy and Regulations
  • Independent Telco Regulator
  • Participation in WSIS etc.
  • Pilot Solar and WIFI

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Going Forward
  • Building Websites for all Telecentres.
  • E-applications e-health, e-education, early
    disaster warning
  • Training of Technical Staff for maintenance
  • Management Training for Women
  • Security Awareness Programme How can women
    identify an email is a Spam, Scam or Phishing?
  • Using centers to promote national initiatives
    e.g. health initiatives

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QUESTIONS
  • ? ?
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION
  • TOFA SOIFUA

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TESTIMONIES - WOMEN
  •  We have queues to use the telephone because
    most people had to go to Apia to make a phone
    call, now its us they use
  •  When my children came from New Zealand, they
    spent most of their money at the Centre using the
    email and Chat to talk to their family and
    friends 
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