Dion: PNG can learn ICT from Malaysia

National, Normal

The National – Wednesday, December 8, 2010

INFORMATION and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure development is a concern that PNG is paying close attention to in order to compete with other countries and at the same time improve living standards of its citizens.
East New Britain Governor Leo Dion said this yesterday at a welcome dinner for participants of the Malaysia-PNG ICT conference in Kokopo.
He said some of the country’s vital communications infrastructure had declined in the last 10 years and that included National Broadcasting Corporation, Telikom and NICTA who have struggled to meet the demands of modern technology and its broad based customer demands.
“These government service providers have also packaged concepts and changes that would enable access to fast and efficient ICT services.”
Dion commended the government through the Department of Communication and Information for broadening its vision and foresight to address some of the impediments affecting effective service delivery.
“PNG can learn a lot from Malaysia, which is a leader in telecommunication services, and PNG’s partnership in this joint effort with Malaysia is the way forward,” Dion said.
He said ENB alone has built on the concept of private public partnership to ensure effective implementation and services delivery to ensure effective implementation and services delivery to the rural population.
Dion said  that Malaysia was a major partner in development of ENB in its  investment of K40 million in the region and ENB would continue to provide a conducive environment for more investment.
He said PNG can learn a lot from Malaysia in ICT.