The primary purpose of the Policy is for a legislation and subsequent regulations to be developed for the purpose of imposing an obligation on the public information holders to ensure public information are made available.
Policy addresses relevant issues pertaining to access to public information, sets out key objectives and provides a directional statement that will translate into a legislative framework
KEY QUESTIONS AND C0NSIDERATION
Title: National Right to Information Policy
The primary purpose of the Policy is to provide for a legislation and subsequent regulations to be developed for the purpose of imposing an obligation on the public information holders to ensure public information are made available for citizens’ access. Citizen’s right to access to information is guaranteed under Section 51 of the National Constitution.
The Policy addresses relevant issues pertaining to access to public information, sets out key objectives and provides a directional statement that will translate into a legislative framework
Key Questions and main Considerations addressed by the draft Policy, among other:
• Constitutional Right – all citizens have a right of access to public information; granted by the Constitution (Section 51) – How best can we achieve citizens constitutional rights under Section 51?
• Who are the citizens? Should it include individual natural persons, natural corporations, both
corporate and unincorporated and government instrumentalities, foreign entities and governments
• Presumption of Discloser – all information are public
information unless justified. How do you see the legislation addressing ‘Presumption of Disclosure’?
• What are public information?
• Who are public bodies, those that hold public information – apart from government departments and instrumentalities, should it include state-owned corporations and certain private company in which public interest is affected?
• Proactive discloser by Parliament, Executive/Bureaucracy – how do we increase the flow of information from government to the community and limits the need for formal applications under the RTI Act? Should certain information be made a compulsory discloser?
• How do we address privacy?
• How do we ensure public information is accessible to all citizens? What mechanisms do we establish to facilitate discloser of information upon requests?
• What mechanism do we establish to facilitate complaints from those seeking certain information?
• How do we manage information – standards, rules, procedures that will ensure information is prepared and readily available for dissemination in real-time
• What are some best approach on creating awareness to citizens on their rights to information?
• What role can media play?
Feedback and comments should be submit no later than Friday, 08th October 2021.
All comments and recommendations are to be forwarded to the Deputy Secretary – Policy & Emerging Technology Wing, Mr. Flierl Shongol on email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Your comments can target specific provisions of the Policy as well as other general views, opinion or feedback. DICT encourages written comments to be uploaded and emailed to the nominated email address.
The review of this draft policy is critical to enabling a comprehensive and inclusive plan that is relevant for the modern ICT sector and best promote uptake of cloud services. It also targets to address Government development agenda and the challenges of embracing digital economy and empowering our citizens and business communities.
Further refinements will be done to fine tune the Policy and the final draft will be presented at a National ICT Summit to be held in the first week of October 2021 in Port Moresby