Pacific Connect to unite leaders to discuss the Digital Future

| February 13, 2019

Emerging women business and IT leaders from across Australia and the Pacific will come together to develop a network and identify opportunities for collaboration under the theme of ‘Australia-Pacific Connections for a Digital Future‘ next week.

The Pacific Connect Network Dialogue, ‘Pacific Women in Business in Digital Delivery‘ will be held in Brisbane from 17-20 February 2019 and is delivered by the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP) and sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Pacific Connect was launched by the Prime Minister of Australia in September 2017 to forge strong and enduring strategic relationships.

“The Pacific is undergoing an unprecedented technological transformation, making it an ideal time to discuss and plan our region’s digital future,” a spokesperson said.

“The Dialogue will consider the role of ICT as a development tool in the context of growing connectivity and capacity in Pacific Island countries and explore opportunities for new types of partnerships between Australia and the Pacific beyond traditional ‘aid and trade’ approaches.

“Potential projects could include establishing an annual Australia-Pacific forum for women in business and ICT, opportunities for Australian women leaders to partner with women in the Pacific, mentorship and professional development opportunities for emerging women leaders, and more. Emphasis will be on peer networking and longer-term engagement, in addition to short-term opportunities for collaboration.”

The Dialogue, which will see participants from Australia, PNG, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and NZ, is co-facilitated by Catherine Fritz-Kalish, Director of ICDP and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Global Access Partners, and Brenda Heather-Latu, Special Advisor of ICDP and Consultant of the Strategic Development Group, Samoa.