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ICT can boost PNG Economy

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The information and communication technology contributes K100 million for the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) says acting secretary for the department of communication and information Paulias Korni.
Mr Korni said yesterday that this sector can help in the country’s economic growth if given the right mechanisms including adequate funding.
He further said as it is, the sector is underfunded and understaffed.
“ICT is already contributing nearly 100 million to PNG’s GDP and if possible it can contribute 2.4 billion by 2040.
However, we are under staffed and underfunded within our ability to drive ICT policy across government.
“We have been given less than K4 million a year which is insufficient,” Mr Korni said.
He added that the department needs an institutional arrangement to change the approach government is providing.
As a way forward he said his department has been developing a clear road map for the development of the ICT sector with their partners form the Mason Analysys.
“ICT has the potential of unlocking the other sectors… and improving the economy through the effective use of ICT. It also has the potential to unlock enormous economic benefit.
“The use of ICT can drive efficiencies across government and to enable the delivery of better services to citizens.
We must also work to make sure that the government ensures that the infrastructures improve,” he added.
Mr Korni said implementation of the cybercrime policy is also very critical to drive the sector forward but needs all the support it can get from both government and stakeholders to make this effective. Post Courier