Papua New Guinea’s Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has announced that it will conduct regional workshops to engage stakeholders, government agencies, private sector organizations, and individuals on its digital transformation initiatives. This comes after the PNG Public Service ICT Steering Committee’s second meeting for the year on April 30, 2023.
The workshops, set to begin in June, aim to increase awareness, inclusiveness, and participation at the provincial and district level in the DICT’s ongoing digital transformation work. The DICT Secretary and Chairman of the Public Service ICT Steering Committee, Steven Matainaho, stated that the workshops will provide an opportunity for feedback and ideas on the department’s enabling policies and digital government standards, including Data Governance and Protection Policy, Government Cloud Policy, Domain Name Standards, Email Standards, Website Standards, and Cyber Security Standards.
Moreover, the DICT is developing a Government Technology Stack with shared services being piloted, including Government Cloud, Microsoft365, Cyber Security, Digital ID and Single Sign, and Payment Gateway. The initiative is aimed at enhancing public service delivery, improving the ease of doing business, eliminating duplication of ICT investments, and creating an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Secretary Matainaho emphasized that the DICT’s digital transformation agenda is inclusive, sustainable, and respects the privacy rights of all citizens. He encourages everyone to participate in shaping the future of digital transformation in Papua New Guinea. Further information on the regional workshops will be provided in due course.