ICT has potential to increase efficiency, value: Mervyn

United Nations resident coordinator for Fiji and nine other Pacific island countries Sanaka Samarasinha with youth participants. Picture: SUPPLIED

INFORMATION and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential to increase efficiency and value, facilitate knowledge sharing and enhance innovation, says Ignite4Change president Broderick Mervyn.

He said investments in ICT were a key driver of economic growth today and in the future.

During a two-day entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem/community building in the Pacific training at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay campus in Suva, Mr Mervyn said online-based start-ups had the capability to scale and generate major income and employment opportunities without the traditional regard to physical location, connection to transportation or supply chain accessibility, which is especially relevant for Fiji as a Pacific Island country.

Participant Kelesita Lawanawasawasakomoala said the training also indicated that a small team or even one person with exceptional ICT talent and skills could create a world-changing innovation or start a leading company.

“On the other hand, disruptive technologies pose a risk to economies and societies that are not ready in terms of flexibility, people’s capacities and overall level of development: this is another reason to nurture national ICT skills,” she said.

Mr Mervyn thanked the UNDP Innovation Hub lab as well as USP and ILO for making the event an auspicious one.

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