Upon request of DFAT earlier this year, Korea decided to support the modernisation project of the department, which aims to digitalise PNG diplomats’ work environment.
The Republic of Korea and PNG established diplomatic relations in 1976, right after PNG’s independence in 1975. Since then, the two countries have been strengthening the partnership and friendship particularly on economic cooperation and human resources development.
Korea is home to some of the global IT and appliance giants such as Samsung and LG with its fast internet speed and IT technology. From the provision of 100 TV screens during APEC 2018 to handover of the voting data management system to the Electoral Commission early this month and these IT equipment donations, Republic of Korea has been contributing to PNG’s IT environment, especially when the global affairs and economy greatly rely on digital.
The Korean government hopes that this provision will enable DFAT to computerise the work process, which could increase work productivity significantly, leading to digital empowerment. This will ensure another opportunity for Korea and PNG to stay as close friends in the international community and will reap tangible benefits.