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PNG gets support from SCSC members on proposed rural projects

28/02/2018

Papua New Guinea delegates gained strong support from fellow Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation members when they proposed a couple of projects during the Sub-committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) Meeting at Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea delegates gained strong support from fellow Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation members when they proposed a couple of projects during the Sub-committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) Meeting at Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.

According to SCSC chair and director general for the National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology (NISIT) Victor Gabi, two of the projects gaining regional support are on dairy milk production and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) mostly in the rural areas.

Since getting onboard APEC in November 1993, Papua New Guinea has seen setbacks in matters surrounding standards and conformance. It is now taking steps forward in addressing impediments.

"The beauty of bringing people into the country is that they see our issues and want to help because most people in PNG own mobile phones but don't know how to access or use Internet.

"This project will help people to fully utilize ICT in terms of information dissemination and consumption.

"SCSC also introduced certification for private sector to sell their goods and services in the Asia-Pacific Region, said Gabi.

The meeting of SCSC set the stage for the proposals to be recognized and according to Gabi, these can progress and final products like dairy milk can be put in the local supermarkets with exporting possibilities.

Acting executive manager for NISIT Standards Development Division and PNG delegate Dan Yansom said, "We are a new player in dairy milk production so we supported that project."

"We also did a presentation on a project we've been working on for the last couple of months on the use of (ICT) for other economies to assist us on having resilient and efficient building infrastructure because most of our communities are based in rural areas."

Mr Yansom said they were surprised about the nine other economies that put their hands up to support ICT project proposal.

Altogether it is a big thing for them.