At the U.S.-Pacific Islands Forum Summit meeting at the White House on September 25, President Biden renewed their commitment to enhancing their partnership with the Pacific Islands.
In a significant move towards enhancing digital infrastructure in the Pacific Islands, APTelecom is proud to be at the forefront of a feasibility study grant awarded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). This grant, part of the U.S. Pacific Islands Infrastructure Initiative, signifies a substantial investment of over $3 million.
The initiative’s primary objective is to bolster secure, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure in the Pacific Islands. Working in collaboration with key partners such as Japan and Australia, APTelecom, alongside USTDA, aims to advance inclusive and climate-resilient economic development across the region.
One notable highlight of this initiative is the endeavor to increase digital connectivity and redundancy in the Pacific Islands. APTelecom, through the USTDA grant, will conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Central Pacific Cable, which is set to connect Guam to American Samoa. This addition completes a critical triangle alongside Hawaii and has the potential to link up to an additional 12 Pacific Island nations.
Read the White House Fact Sheet here.