Government Cloud Policy

The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) recognizes the cost-effective ICT solutions and services   offered by the advancement of Cloud Technology infrastructure and services has potential to drive significant economic development across all sectors of our economy.

Many public service agencies, responsible for official government information and services, are already using public cloud-based infrastructure and services, driven by business requirements, cost efficiencies and productivity assessments, ahead of set government policies, legislations, standards, and guidelines. Through this process, government and citizens data is inevitable exposed to 3rd party intermediaries unknowingly and maliciously, and without citizens’ concerns and understanding of such exposure and associated risks, and most importantly, that the governance of these systems may be outside government jurisdiction to administer or intervene in event of any breach.

The Government recognizes that a ‘Government Cloud Policy’ is necessary to capture the Government’s and chart a direction for PNG to embrace Cloud Technology in it strive towards becoming a digital economy.

The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), as the Government’s lead agency on Policy matters relating to ICT present a draft of the Policy and invites public and private organizations, individuals and stakeholders, to peruse and provide comments and feedback on the draft to provide an inclusive policy for PNG.

The Draft Policy is currently made available for first round of consultation It requested that all comments and feedback be submit no later than Friday, 01st October 2021 

Stakeholders are invited to assess the proposed objectives and comment whether or not the stated objectives address adequately current challenges, given the current trends, practices and situations in PNG and globally.

As stated in the draft, the currently policy proposes for an ‘Hybrid Cloud Solution’ for PNG Government to be developed in phases over time.

Phase 1 is establishment of hosted government private cloud environment, on global reputable public cloud service provider(s), and on boarding of all basic services required by all government bodies, on this government private cloud environment. Phase 2 will be a public cloud services hosting sensitive government services to be hosted in-country and phase 3 is to build a government private hybrid cloud environment.

We invite stakeholders to:

  1. Comments and provide feedback on the approach proposed by the Policy;
  1. Discuss on the concerns and comment on how can PNG Government best coordinate the cloud services for safer and beneficial public and private use; and
  1. the risks in involved in use of cloud service security and suggest ways to mitigate and or minimize these risks.

    Download Government Cloud Policy (1st Draft)         

All comments and recommendations are to be forwarded to the Deputy Secretary – Policy & Emerging Technology Wing, Mr. Flierl Shongol on email; no later than Thursday, September, 09, 2021.  

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.