The office of the Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC) was officially opened for business on 10 November 2011 on the campus of the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva by Ms. Elizabeth Powell, Permanent Secretary for Public Enterprises, Communications, Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of Fiji.
Earlier this year, LIRNEasia won the contract to establish the PIRRC with initial funding from World Bank and relocated its Senior Policy Fellow M. Aslam Hayat to act as PIRRC’s founder director.
The distinguished guests included Regulators and representatives of Pacific Island Countries, Representatives of the World Bank, the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association, the International Telecommunications Union, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Japan International Co-operation Agency as well as the Vice Chancellor and representatives of USP.
The launch was followed by two-day working session, where we discussed challenges of Broadband, Alternate Dispute Resolution/Alternate Regulatory Practices and how to use ICT indicators regulatory purposes.
PIRRC will collect key industry statistics and issue periodic reports on the state of the telecom sector in Pacific Island countries, develop information packages on priority regulatory topics including those where technical skills may be required in analyzing industry trends, provide advisory services in response to country requests and to identify additional sources of expertise and issue good practice statements on telecommunications policies, laws, implementing rules and regulatory instruments.