National ICT Policy 2008

The National ICT Policy 2008 is the culmination of the Government’s efforts in reforming the ICT sector in Papua New Guinea.

This policy sets out appropriate and achievable goals against the background of the reality of what Papua New Guinea is today.

The Vision is to bridge the Digital Divide with the mission to bring about realistic, significant and beneficial change to the people of Papua New Guinea through efficient use of ICT with services supplied in competitive markets.

The keystone of this work will be the firm adherence to reform driven by the combination of staged introduction of competition and transformational change of the mandatory.

The Government’s ICT policy has 7 key objectives and they are;

  • To secure the social & economic benefits of an efficient ICT sector
  • To have an efficient ICT Infrastructure
  • To substantially increase access to basic telecommunications services across PNG with service to be available at affordable prices.
  • To have a transformed and efficient Telikom PNG and to have an open competition aimed at improving Telikom PNG’s operational capabilities.
  • To enjoy effective and sustainable competition to deliver market discipline and economic benefits.
  • To seek improved international capacity and connectivity to help PNG to truly become part of the international community.
  • To secure the benefits that can flow from increased availability and use of the Internet.

The principles which guide the National ICT Policy 2008 are:

  • improving the lives of ordinary Papua New Guineans, in accordance with the National Directive Principles of the National Constitution, which stipulates that there must be equity in participation and benefit in the development of Papua New Guinea;
  • facilitating equity of access to ICT by all citizens;
  • overcoming the impediments to ICT development to enable PNG to achieve the levels of national development, reflecting the aspirations of its people;
  • encouraging the establishment of industry structures for the ICT sector which work most efficiently and effectively; and
  • establishing political and administrative institutions and processes which facilitate ICT objectives most efficiently and effectively

Areas of Focus

  1. Access to Telecommunications Services
  2. Effective and Sustainable Competition
  3. Role of Government in ICT and Development
  4. Phase 1: The Transitional Period to open competition
  5. Phase 2: The Introduction of Open Competition
  6. Use of Internet
  7. Educating the Nation
  8. Security and Specific Regulation

The Department of Information and Communications Technology continues the review process work and would require highly specialized technical staff in what is a fast moving technological and innovative space; we would require a cadre of specialists to spearhead the digital reforms within the Department and at the same time, the digital agenda would require substantial injection of funding into the Department.

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