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  • New Zealand should invest in education in the Pacific Islands, says expat

    New Zealand could benefit from investing in education in the Pacific Islands, expatriate New Zealander Barry Vercoe said at the recent Digital Future Summit in Auckland. Educating people before they come to New Zealand could potentially contribute to easing the skills crisis and have a positive impact on the economy.
    Immigrants from the Pacific Island are generally not skilled in technology, said Vercoe. An enlightened policy for New Zealand would be to educate these people before they arrive, he said. Vercoe, who has created some of the software included in the One Laptop Per Child laptops, believes that the OLPC programme, aimed at children aged 6-12, could lead to a new generation of immigrants already familiar with technology and ideally suited for jobs in the IT industry the moment they arrive.

  • 'Wellington Declaration' confirms ICT crucial for Pacific Islanders

    The role of information and communications technologies in the development of Pacific Islands has been recognised with the development of a digital strategy. But ICT should not be taken to have too narrow a meaning, says John Budden, of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.