The safety and well-being of our members, credential holders, customers and staff is of utmost importance to BICSI. We are actively monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are globally following the recommendations set forth by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Currently, BICSI HQ is maintaining business as usual practices, but postponing a number of conferences including Singapore Conference (now 1-2 December 2020); India Conference (postponed until further notice); and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Conference (now 6-8 September 2020).
BICSI HQ will continue to monitor activities and make decisions as appropriate regarding the coronavirus and strongly encourages following CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of disease. We will continue to keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.
Locally in the South Pacific, we have taken similar steps to contain the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its risks amongst our members, industry and communities. BICSI South Pacific has suspended all Q1 events that involve physical gatherings, making the following adjustments to events planned for Q1 and Q2:
- New Zealand Conference and Exhibition - postponed from 5 May to September (tentative dates in place, but subject to change due to NZ Govt directives)
- Christchurch NZ seminar – postponed from 17 March to Q2 (dates TBA)
- Wellington NZ seminar – postponed from 18 March to Q2 (dates TBA)
- Melbourne seminar – postponed from 18 March to Q2 (dates TBA)
- Perth seminar – postponed from 18 March to late March as a live webinar (dates TBA)
- Auckland NZ seminar – postponed from 19 March to Q2 (dates TBA)
- Canberra seminar – postponed from 19 March to Q2 (dates TBA)
- Canberra Charity Golf day – postponed from 19 March to Q3 (dates TBA)
- Brisbane seminar – held on 24 March as a live webinar
- Sydney seminar – postponed from 27 March to Q2 (dates TBA)
The BICSI South Pacific office will remain open and will be accessible to members and the industry via email and phone, but discourages members and others from visiting to the office for the time being.
We are constantly monitoring government and health official announcements and guidelines to assess the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. While our aspirations are to provide education and networking opportunities for our members, our primary concern is their health, safety and wellbeing, so we will only reinstate our physical events once we have the confidence that our members, our industry and our communities are no longer at risk.
We wish to remind all members that, in times like these, our knowledge and skills as ICT professionals come to the fore. As communities and businesses increase their call for self-isolation while endeavouring to operate in ‘business-as-usual’ mode, the dependency on reliable ICT infrastructure intensifies. Please remind all your clients of the vital service our industry provides in delivering real solutions in these challenging times.