Cybernetica, an Estonian technology company best known for development of Estonia’s e-Estonia X-Road and internet voting system signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Papua New Guinea Department of Information and Communications Technology.

The signing took place at the Dubai EXPO 2020 Estonian Pavilion in partnership with the ICT Cluster of Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

The aim of the memorandum is to develop further cooperation in
e-governance technologies, starting from secure data exchange and interoperability.

Cybernetica was represented by Kevin Tammearu, a business development consultant, at the signing. According to Tammearu it’s the first step towards supporting the development of e-governance in Papua New Guinea.

“We’ll start from the implementation of secure data exchange, to build a strong foundation upon which further digital services can be developed.

In addition to the technology, however, Cybernetica will also advise stakeholders and offer support, for example, in designing policies required for successful digitalization,” explained Tammearu.

“When the Estonian ICT Cluster decided to become the official partner to the Estonian Pavilion at the Dubai EXPO, our expectation was that the EXPO wouldn’t just be a gateway to the United Arab Emirates, but also give the opportunity to meet with representatives from all over the world,” said Doris Põld, CEO of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

“I am glad to see that Estonian companies know how to use these opportunities. Cybernetica is one of the examples of how long-term planning has reached a concrete milestone at the EXPO.”

The Department was represented by Secretary Steven Matainaho who is positive about the engagement.

“We are really excited about what kind of engagement this will lead to in contributing to Papua New Guinea’s Digital Government agenda.

“We will start looking toward specific engagement with Cybernetica to build a federated secure data exchange platform which will serve as a ‘critical digital infrastructure’ for Papua New Guinea’s anticipated Digital Government delivery.

He says that the MOU marks an exciting commencement phase of the implementation of PNG Government’s Digital Transformation Policy.

He also thanked the PNG Expo Pavilion Team under the oversight of His Excellency Ambassador Kalinoe and the leadership of the Minister of Information and Communications Technology Honorable Timothy Masiu.

Minister Masiu is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Soroi Eoe to deliver a keynote address at the World Expo 2022.

Minister Masiu is accompanied by Secretary of the Department of ICT Steven Matainaho, NICTA CEO Kila Gulo-Vui, and technical officers from the ICT ministerial sector, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade.