In todays modern world of technology, the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in driving socio-economic development is undeniable, as a result, the Government of PNG established the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to lead its digital transformation initiatives.

With the establishment of its Corporate plan, the Digital Transformation Policy in 2021, the passing of the Digital Government Act 2022, and now its alignment with the Government’s Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP 4) Strategic Priorities 2 and 8, the Department of ICT now focuses on delivering effective digital service and improve the ICT space in a whole of government approach.

A quick recap on DICT’s core divisions in its Digital Government wing…

DICT holds a pivotal position within the government of PNG, aiming to harness the power of technology to advance the nation’s development agenda. Under the vision of “Digitally Empowered Papua New Guinea,” DICT provides strategic leadership, guidance, and support to various government agencies and stakeholders in their journey towards achieving Digital Government.

DICT is structured into several core divisions, each with a distinct mandate to facilitate the implementation of digital initiatives and foster ICT innovation in the country. The department developed a framework for which each of the divisions align to deliver on specific to shared projects, which is the Government Technology Stack.

1. Cyber Security

Functions to ensure the security and integrity of systems and data.

a) National Cyber Security Center

b) Standards

c) Data Governance

2. Networking and Infrastructure

The Networking and Infrastructure division is responsible for building and maintaining the necessary digital infrastructure to support government services and initiatives. This includes the development of high-speed networks, the deployment of reliable communication systems, and ensuring that connectivity reaches every corner of the country.

3. Government Cloud and Shared Services

The Government Cloud and Shared Services division offers a centralized platform for government agencies to host and access digital services and applications. This approach not only reduces redundancy and costs but also fosters collaboration and innovation across the public sector.

4. DevOps (Development and Operations)

DevOps is a critical division responsible for streamlining the development, deployment, and maintenance of digital applications and services. By adopting agile methodologies and automation, DevOps ensures the efficient and rapid delivery of government projects.

DICT stands at the forefront of the government’s digital transformation agenda. Through its core divisions in the Digital Government wing along with its invaluable Policy Wing, DICT is committed to strengthening the country’s digital infrastructure, enhancing cybersecurity measures, and promoting efficient data governance practices.

By ensuring alignment with these core divisions, the Government through DICT is paving the way for a brighter and more digitally empowered future.

As technology continues to evolve, DICT’s role in shaping the digital landscape of the nation becomes increasingly vital. And by aligning legislative frameworks with practical implementation strategies, the Department will add value to greater transparency, efficiency, and innovation in public administration, setting a precedent for digital transformation of Papua New Guinea.

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