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Cybercrime bill ready to be tabled in PNG Parliament

THE National Cybercrime bill is ready to be tabled in parliament. This was announced by the Minister for Communications, Information and Technology Jimmy Miringtoro in his keynote address to the 9th Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Policy and Regulation Forum for Pacific in Port Moresb y yesterday. 
Mr Miringtoro in welcoming the delegates including the APT general secretary Areewan Hoorangsi to the forum said, the bill is a number of initiatives undertaken by the PNG government in its bid to address some of the issues which the forum would also be focusing on in its discussions. He said the bill would be complemented by the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration, already underway in the country. Other initiatives which Mr Miringtoro had stated which the government has already embarked on include: n  
The review of the National Information Communications Technology Act of 2009-to ensure it is relevant to the changing conditions brought about by the advances in technology and market developments; n Public inquiry for the potential implementation of mobile portability in PNG; and n Establishment of a local internet exchange point (IXP) with the view to reduce the costs of internet services to Papua New Guineans. 

The Minister had also extended on behalf of the government of PNG, his appreciation to APT not just for the opportunity to host this important event but for its continued assistance. Ms Hoorangsi in her address to the participants had reaffirmed APT’s commitment and support to its member countries in the Pacific. through the forum and through development projects. “In 2005 TeleHausline pilot project was conducted in PNG. In 2008 two projects were implemented in Micronesia and Samoa, Marshall islands in 2010, Palau in 2011, 2012 in Tonga and the most recent one was the pilot project in Disaster Emergency Information dissemination in Vanuatu in 2014. “I am confident there will be more,” she had stated.

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