Tuesday 23 May 2023
ICT Minister Hon. Timothy Masiu with Department of Information and Communication Technology Secretary Steven Matainaho and PNG Digital ICT Cluster President Winifred Kula during the signing of the MoU in Port Moresby.
The Department of Information Communication and Technology today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the PNG Digital ICT Cluster, to support the implementation of the government’s main policy objectives on digital government and the digital economy as a whole.
Secretary of DICT, Steven Matainaho said the MoU intends to promote closer mutual cooperation, consultation and exchange of technical assistance aligned to the digital framework, through:
- Promoting good governance across government and private sector to capitalise on the benefit of shared knowledge and the adaptation of digital technology
- Establishing and operating the National ICT Incubation Centre
- Commitment to developing and improving standards for information data and software, promoting interoperability and the development of standards
- Promoting and encouraging better digital services that are accessible and user friendly for public use
- Encouraging and promoting programs to build digital capacity and skills in the Government and Private sector
The MoU further aims to achieve and establish new benchmarks for cooperation in digital transformation in order to enhance economic opportunities.
The nation’s ICT small and medium enterprises are represented by the PNG Digital ICT Cluster.
Section 43 of the Digital Government Act 2022, states the ICT division hub is the sole provision of the law that the Department of ICT is responsible for enforcing.
President of the PNG Digital Cluster, Winifred Kula said being a member of the digital economy, makes this opportunity important and valuable for them as they pursue their careers as digital entrepreneurs.
Mr Matainaho however ,commended the Minister for ICT, Hon. Timothy Masiu for setting the digital transformation agenda into policy and taking it to the floor of Parliament.
He claimed that this marks a turning point in how the government and the department interact and assist one another.
The MoU will further push for greater acceleration, integration and digital transformation of Papua New Guinea’s economy.
Meantime, Mr Masiu congratulated DICT and ICT Clusters for coming up with an agreement for cooperation.