Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hon. Timothy Masiu, MP, yesterday announced the appointment of Steven Matainaho as the Secretary for the Department of Information and Communication Technology for a term of four (4) years effective on 7th December 2020.
Minister Masiu also says that the permanent appointment of the Head of Department now stabilises the management of the Department to focus on driving e-Government and Digital Transformation agenda of the government, as Marape Government looks forward to welcome the fiscal year 2021 amidst challenges faced.
Minister Masiu stating, “Mr. Matainaho since assuming office in his acting capacity in November 2019, has demonstrated exemplary leadership with clear foresight on Government Digital Transformation agenda of the Government by leading the Department of Information and Communication Technology to develop the NEC approved Digital Transformation Policy 2020, secured approval of the NEC for the restructure of the Department and launched the Department Corporate Plan 2020-2024. It was all indeed within a space of 12 months, a testament of prudent organisational leadership and management by Mr. Matainaho under my ministerial stewardship, I am proud to announce”.
Mr. Matainaho being a vibrant young leader, who has experienced both as a private entrepreneur and has held senior executive position within the public sector, last occupying the position of Deputy Secretary – Operations with the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST).
Mr. Matainaho holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Instrumentation from the PNG University of Technology and a Masters Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Wuhan, China. In addition, he has undergone various leadership mentoring program within the public service. I am happy to promote, appoint and support young vibrant and capable leaders of PNG in the likes of Mr. Matainaho to take up leadership roles within the public service.
Minister Masiu thank the Marape Government for appointment of the Head of Department of his Ministry of ICT and commit to delivery digital transformation agenda of the Government in 2021.