High-Level Official Opening Ceremony & ICT Day Plenary

High Level Official Opening Ceremony

Date: 14 Aug 2018 (Day 1)

Time: 08:45am – 10:30am

Meeting Room: Harbourview Plenary Room


7:30 Arrival of Delegates and ‘Visitors’ from mainland
8:30 VIPs Arrival and Assembly at designated point
8:40 Cultural Dance group leads all VIPs and Delegates to Marquee
8:45 Distinguished Guests, Fellows and Delegates take their seat
9:00 Welcome Remarks by Local Organising Committee (Ms Dalsie Baniala, Regulator)
Opening Prayer
Opening Remarks by
Mr. Edmon Chung, Chief Secretariat of APrIGF and CEO of DotAsia Organisation
Mr Chengetai Masango, Senior Advisor, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation; On behalf of Secretariat of IGF
Mr Rajnesh Singh, Chair of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) of APrIGF and Regional Director of Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau of the Internet Society
Keynote Address by
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google
Welcome Song by the Monument Singers
Tamtam (gong) beating to mark official opening
Statement by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu to declare Official Opening of the Conference
10:00 Group Photo with Hon Prime Minister & Officiating Guests
followed by Morning Break


Pacific ICT Day Plenary Session

Time: 11:00am -12:30pm

Theme: Challenges and Opportunities of connectivity in Pacific small islands States.

  • Hon. Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon. Charlot Salwai
  • Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Dr. Vinton G Cerf
  • Deputy Ambassador for Cyber Affairs of Australia, Ms. Johanna Weaver
  • Vice Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Samoa, Hon. Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi (MP)
  • Pacific Representative from Multi-stakeholder Adivsory Group (MAG) of IGF 2018, Ms Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro