PNG submits proposal on ICT accessibility and services

Papua New Guinea has submitted a proposal on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility and services for consideration at the Regional ICT conference underway in Port Moresby.

This is the second Asia Pacific tele-community (APT) event that PNG is hosting after successfully hosting one in 2016.

The proposal addresses ICT issues mainly on accessibility, cyber security and reforms in the ICT sector.

Participants from 34 countries attending the three-day meet this week are currently deliberating on what regional common proposal will be submitted to the World Telecommunications Development Forum (WTDF).

The WTDF is a key conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) held every four years. The next WTDF will be held at Buenos Aires, Argentina in October this year. 

The aim of the WTDF is to consider topics, projects and programs that are relevant to telecommunication development globally.

PNG National Information Communication and Technology Authority (NICTA) chief executive officer, Charles Punaha said they’re preparing the proposals for the Asia Pacific region for all the ICT issues.

“We will come up with a common proposal for the Asia Pacific region and submit as a group to the WTDF in October.

“We are currently going through proposals submitted by individual countries which will then be condensed to a common proposal for the Asia Pacific region,” Punaha said.

This conference will also set the strategies and objectives for the development of ICT and provide future direction and guidance to the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D).

Quintina Naime