TechInPacific – PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill officially addressed the opening of the Digital Economy Forum on May 16 – 17, in Port Moresby under the theme: Connect the Unconnected for an Inclusive Digital Economy. He talked about how technology was transforming the world with no exception to Papua New Guinea and its economy.
Technology changes the societies, from traditional to modern who highly depend on the expansion of digital networks across the nation. Despite how massive technology usage in PNG, particularly in accessing information, there are still issues including misinformation and fake news that leads to chaos, fights, and even deaths, access to pornography that can lead to sexual abuse. Those are key challenges facing people in the communities which must be addressed by the government.
Despite the challenges, the Prime Minister said that government was committed to building digital economy revolution in Papua New Guinea. PNG is investing in infrastructure, improving the skills of its people, and empowering civil servants as well as encouraging businesses to take benefits of the opportunities brought by the digital economy.
“We are investing millions and millions of Kina in the infrastructure of the telecommunications industry in the country,” said the Prime Minister cited from Postcourier.com
Prime Minister O’Neill highlighted: Digital inclusion is essential for communities if we are to experience the benefits of digital revolution, particularly for our remote and areas. We must work together to succeed.”
“I am heartened to see that we have all the key players here today to discuss our digital transformation. We have seen the emergence of new ICT business, where many of our young people are participating.”
He expressed his hope on the young generation of the country who studied overseas to bring new skills back to the country.
“Connectivity is the bedrock of digital inclusion,” Prime Minister O’Neil concluded.