The TA was extented until Phase 3 from 30 June 2013 to 30 September 2014 to carry out environmental and social impact assessment and economic, poverty and gender assessments in selected Pacific countries.
The overall TA outputs include:
(i) Study on the new technological option (medium-orbit satellite communication) with case studies in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Vanuatu and Marshall Islands. The scope of this output has been modified to complement other development partner's assessment on submarine cables in the region.
(ii) Report on the past and ongoing initiatives in the Pacific and review of good practices that can be replicated in the Pacific to harness ICT for poverty reduction and inclusive growth. The draft study was discussed among the Pacific Islands Country officials and provided recommendations in a regional workshop held in October 2010. The final report was completed in January 2011.
(iii) Interactive, one-stop, portal website on ICT for development issues in the Pacific, co-funded by the European Union (EU), and currently being hosted and maintained by SPC. It was launched in 2010 (http://www.e-pic.info).
(iv) Regional workshop to discuss the findings and recommendations of the regional studies. This was run by SPC with participation from 13 Pacific developing countries.
The second phase was focused on the use of ICT solutions for governance, social sectors (health and education), and expanding access to rural and remote areas. The following outputs have been delivered:
(i) Pilot of mobile health information system in Enga and Milne Bay provinces of Papua New Guinea. It was successfully completed and well received by the government. It provided capacity building to frontline health service providers to use mobile phones in improving health information, referral and stock management. The outcome and lessons learned were incorporated in the ICT sub-component of the ADB-funded Rural Primary Health Services Delivery Project.
(ii) An assessment on the use of ICT to improve social service delivery in Tonga and Solomon Islands. This served as important inputs to the design of TA 8487-SOL: ICT for Better Education Services and mHealth application in Tonga under TA 8540: Pacific ICT Investment Planning and Capacity Development Facility.
(iii) Support for the integration of government databases and the introduction of the single identity number for improved public service delivery, along with a draft ICT Policy in the Cook Islands.
The TA supported sector assessment and advisory requests specifically: (i) report on broadband status and submarine cable demand assessment in Timor-Leste; (ii) Fiber Optic Feasibility study in Cook Islands; (iii) ICT industry assessment and advisory support in Palau and Solomon Islands including donor coordination assessment; and (iv) advisory support on cable options and corresponding institutional structure in Samoa and assessment of follow-on ICT support in Tonga. This analysis guided government ICT plans and investment decisions particularly on optimum connectivity options and delivered last mile inputs to package an ICT investment in Solomon Islands, Palau and Samoa.