This plan provides the framework required for the ICT sector to align its activities to deliver the goals and aspirations of the government’s Alotau Accord II.
The government is continuously challenged to improve information and communication technology, especially for the rural majority, by establishing dialogue between the Ministry and Provincial and Local Level Governments.
“The completion of the National Broadband Network, improving rural communication and enhancing accessibility to ICT services are amongst other key focus areas captured of the action plan,” said Communication and Information Technology Minister Francis Maneke.
Minister Maneke also reaffirmed DataCo’s role in building the fiber connectivity cable from Sydney to PNG, a move he says will push for cheap and cost effective provision of ICT services.
Maneke further announced the transfer of the Integrated Government Information System (IGIS) to DataCo.
“The transfer of IGIS to DataCo is deferred until we have a policy on the transfer of this important government facility. In the meantime, the Department of Communication and Information will prepare a submission to the NEC to establish a government ICT Committee to look into and draft a policy on the transfer.
“The transfer must take place but only after the policy,” Maneke said.
To activate this action plan, directives have been issued to government ICT agencies and regulators to give detailed update of projects accounts by 1st of October, take stock of their assets and ensure positions for the Secretary for Communications Department and Board Chairman for NICTA are advertised immediately.
Further instructions were issued to NICTA, NBC and the communications department to review operator licensing, plans and other administrative matters.
Minister Maneke emphasised the need to be a policy driven sector and urged all agencies to cooperate and implement the action plan.