South Korean govt donates IT equipment


SOUTH Korea, through its resident embassy has donated Information Technology (IT) equipment to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Dfat) in support to the department’s modernisation project, which aims to digitalise its diplomats’ work environment.
The ICT equipment worth US$150,000 (K509,000) include 70 personal computers, 70 tablets, a printer and other IT accessories.
The South Korean government hoped that the information communication and technology equipment would enable Dfat in its work to increase productivity through digital empowerment.
Dfat secretary Barbara Age acknowledged South Korean Ambassador to PNG Kym-gu Kang, for the support and conveyed her department’s appreciation to the government and people South of Korea.
Age said the gesture demonstrated the warm, cordial and robust relations the two countries had not only in the diplomatic circles but in all other sectors of development cooperation and trade and investment.
She said the donation was a testament of South Korean government’s commitment in an important area where new developments needed to be made to be efficient to maintain international standards.
“Your contribution enables us to be on par with the latest IT equipment which will allow us to effectively perform our duties and contribute efficiently to achieve PNG’s development goals,” she said.
Age said it was not the first time that the republic had supported the department with infrastructure and equipment.
“Our department was very fortunate to receive a fleet of vehicles donated to us under the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) programme which really supported us in terms of movement and logistics,” she said.
“Having mentioned this, it would be remise of me not to acknowledge all the good work that KOICA is doing in terms of projects which are having impacts on the lives of ordinary Papua New Guineans.”