Pacific Media Summit to go ahead in Tonga

Tonga’s Cabinet has approved Tonga to host the Pacific Media Summit in May this year.

There were some concerns about whether the regional meeting would go ahead in Nuku’alofa, after the main island of Tongatapu and Eua island were devastated by Cyclone Gita last month.

Acting Chief Executive of Tonga’s Ministry of Communications, Dr Tevita Tukunga has written to Pacific Islands News Association to say that the media summit will go ahead from 7-11 May, 2018.

About 150 delegates are expected to participate in the week-long event.

The theme of this year’s biennial gathering is “Empowering the Media for Digital Challenges.”

PINA said many of governments in the Pacific have embarked on ambitious ICT policies in the hope that it will facilitate growth and transform their people into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

“Most of these policies are centred on making available digital infrastructure, providing governance and services on demand and digital empowerment of citizens.”

The summit will explore opportunities and challenges for the media in a digitally empowered society.

Media professionals, academics, development partners, technical experts, young and upcoming journalists will be able to engage in open and lively discussions on various media development issues confronting the media in the Pacific.


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