Digitizing trust to restore confidence in Government

“Data is a key asset in the digital economy; however, your data must be safe and thus the Department of Information and Communications Technology under the Digital Transformation Policy main mandate is to keep your data safe”. This was stated by the Acting Deputy Secretary of the newly approved Digital Government Wing Mr Russell Woruba. He said the Department of ICT is digitizing trust and we want to be the first point of all verified government information. “Currently there’s a general state of distrust in Public Services because it takes longer to get services across to citizens,” Mr Woruba stated. “The department has been restructured so that we can have policies in place that will build back the trust so that people can restore confidence back in government,” he said. “We exist as a department to instill trust back in the State so that people can trust our development pathway and if all our staff can see that, the collaboration will be great.” The Department of ICT is digitizing the public service for efficient and effective delivery of government services. “The mandate had been given to the department to build, govern and implement a secured data exchange that allows government, businesses and other state agencies to share data in a trusted framework, said Mr Woruba. This will make it easier for our people to access government services more efficiently and effectively especially when it comes to opening a bank account or applying for a passport or applying for NID…etc. “We are already talking to State agencies such as PNG Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) on secure data sharing and are working with them to create a trust framework system to make it easier for our people to do business”. He said once the data is shared, citizen’s information is stored in systems that links to all other services that helps you to apply or to lodge in without filling up again the required forms and thus the privacy of our citizens are held in trust and must be protected at all cost. The Department is working with the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) and other development partners in drafting the policies and strategy so that we protect our citizens. The Department of ICT is now working on moving shared Government services from the main cloud and localizing it with the infrastructure that we are building to allow secure exchange of data. This will result in having a secured shared government information within our own space and will result in the reduction of costs as the traffic is localized through the Internet Exchange Point (IXP).

This story was first published on the PNG Department of Information and Communications Technology Social Media Page.

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