Press Release

Integrated Government Information System needs to be fully implemented

06/06/2018

Digital Government is one of the objectives in the APEC Economies for the government to drive digitisation in the public sector.

Digital Government is one of the objectives in the APEC Economies for the government to drive digitisation in the public sector.

Acting Deputy Secretary Policy of the Department of Communication and Information, Flierl Shongol said Papua New Guinea must start preparing or initiating into digital government.

“Papua New Guinea has already made an effort by initiating the Integrated Government Information System (IGIS) to which we have delivered phase one on establishing the network connectivity and the data centre as the foundation”.

“However, we are still faced with emerging challenges. Though we have delivered phase one, we still lack the supporting policy and the legal framework to guide the operations of this technology,” Mr Shongol explained.

He said the Government is still committed to judicial government and the directive was given from the office of the Chief Secretary to establish a coordination mechanism.

“We want this mechanism to be at the higher level, at the ministerial level to drive the implementation of the Integrated Government Information System and there are a lot to do in maintenance and upgrading of the services.

“The technology is evolving and changing. What we have now is the system that is outdated and we need funding for Information Technology specialists within the public sector to drive this system forward”.

“If we can have all those captured in a policy in a clear strategy, we can be guided to implement those in a timely manner,” Mr Shongol said.

He added that one of the challenge faced was the protection of the government information and data.

“Having connected to IGIS as a single ICT Platform we ensure all Government information and data are highly protected and monitored.”

“This will improve efficiency in the public sector and it will of course promote transparency and accountability within the public sector,” he said.