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Pre-launching PNG Digital Ecosystem - PNG ICT CLUSTER

By Frederick JOSEPH (UPNG Journalism trainee)/PNGFM

With the aim of bringing PNG up to speed with the Digital age and connecting all Papua New Guineans with ICT by 2020, the PNG ICT Cluster had a pre-launch of its program at the Gateway Hotel on Monday.

The Pre-Launch is an event that should bring in stakeholders of the Digital Ecosystem; to develop an Innovative National Policy, finalize the Vision 2020 roadmap for the PNG ICT Cluster and to announce the 2018 APEC Accelerator Program.

Patron for PNG ICT Cluster, Minister for Justice and Attorney General Davis Steven who officiated, acknowledged the need for the government to look into ICT, especially with PNG hosting the APEC in 2018.

“PNG will be focussing a lot on ICT to help in hosting the APEC; and theres also the need for the government to look into ICT for innovative ways of helping people in the rural areas, such as E-libraries for schools in these areas.”

Mr Steven added that perhaps his people of Esa’ala, in one of the most remote electorates of Milne Bay Province will have connections to ICT services by then.

“I am further challenging myself as the Minister for Justice and Attorney General to create legislations that will protect the intellectual properties of our inventors.”

The PNG ICT Cluster was initiated with the help of the European Union with a budget of K3.8 million in 2014 and has now forged a relationship with the University of California Berkeley.

The PNG ICT Cluster is the first of its kind in the Pacific Region and hopes to become the Silicon Valley of the Pacific.

PNG ICT Cluster Pre-Launch event was sponsored by Exxon Mobil, Department of Justice and Attorney General and Kumulsoft.

PNG ICT Cluster will be officially launched in January or February of the 2018 before the APEC Summit Commences later on in the year..

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