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​Reflecting on the Pacific Wave

News 14 Sep 2017

A week has passed since the Pacific Wave Samoa in Apia, the first forum of this kind to be staged in the region. Looking at prosperous futures through technology, the forum was hosted by Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) and New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and supported by the Samoan Government and Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It attracted over 300 people from the tech industry, government, business, education sector and others interested in embracing digital technology and how it can be of benefit to the people of the Pacific.

The likes of Crimson Education CEO and Co-founder Jamie Beaton; Xero Country Manager Craig Hudson; UPGuard CEO Mike Baukes; and Vend CEO Alex Fala gave their all to the audience, in presentations about how technology is influencing people’s livelihoods and wellbeing.

Following the forum, NZ High Commissioner in Samoa HE David Nicholson provided the closing remarks, where he recognised all those involved in the Pacific Wave, but also the important role of technology in the region going forward, and what should happen at this point.

David’s remarks summing up the event can be found HERE.

(Picture caption: L–R – PCF Programme Development Manager Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika; HE David Nicholson, NZ High Commissioner in Samoa; Sonya Peters, NZ High Commission; and Mike Walsh, Deputy NZ High Commissioner in Samoa.)