PNG’s Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and Estonia are collaborating to strengthen digital transformation in PNG.
Estonia is the most digitally advanced country in the world.Kersti Eesmaa, the Estonian ambassador to Australia and the Pacific, visited PNG as a sign of goodwill. She was met by Timothy Masiu, who is the Minister of ICT.
Eesmaa is the Ambassador to Australia and is also accredited to Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. Ambassador Eesmaa was accompanied by His Excellency Jacques Fradin, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to PNG.
Papua New Guinea’s digital government plan, based on Estonia’s success in becoming one of the best digital countries in the world, was discussed at the meeting.
To further enhance this collaboration, the EU Delegation in PNG is facilitating a twinning program that would enable the country to learn from the experiences and best practices of an experienced EU member state’s ICT agency.Its goal is to give the PNG government the tools it needs to lead the development of a digital society that includes all government activities.
The DICT’s technical team has already gotten help from the e-Governance Academy (eGA) and worked with Cybernetic to create a secure method for exchanging data.
Masiu thanked Ambassador Eesmaa for coming to his country and hopes to work closely with Estonia in the future. He also said that the collaboration between DICT and Estonia is a big step toward digitization.