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Subject: Latest happenings in PNG ---not reported on papers

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Date Posted: Tue, Nov 13 2007, 12:34:33pm

Peeps...the following may be interesting. One of my friends forwarded to me via email.


Apparently, the word on the street is there will be a public protest for the PM to step down - this Digicel/Telikom waging battle being just ONE of the reasons.

The march will start from Gerehu to Waigani this Thursday. I thinkthat's when the next Parliament sitting is scheduled for.

AND, PNG Pawa will be going on strike too (nationwide) this week so buy your candles and lamps now in preparation.

And if you're planning to pay easipay you will be unsuccessful as all outlets (stop 'n' shop / PNG power offices / Andersons etc....) are blocked off.

Please circulate this message as widely as possible within the business community. It is still the intent of some in government to subvert the existing arrangements with Digicel and GreenCom so that they are unable to operate as they are currently doing or wish to do.

A copy of the Gazettal of the new ICT Policy is also attached. It is important that all stakeholders are involved in an open and constructive debate so that PNG gets the best information, communication and technology environment suited to promoting business and social development in the wider community.

The following message from ICCC urges all lobby groups to redouble their efforts to get an open and constructive debate on the ICT Policy. Where to now?

David A. Conn Esq, OL, MBE
General Manager~POMCCI

I have urged Minister for Communication and his Secretary to publicly put out the refined ICT Policy so that all stakeholders are aware and things are done transparently and not in secret and mislead people. I proposed a joint release with Secretary for Communication but he was a bit reluctant. I wrote to Minister for Communication that I was going to take the initiative to have it placed in the Government Gazette as the Commission has now been formally notified of the Policy - the next step is to inform all the stakeholders of this Policy. You will note that it is not much of a refinement and it will cause a great deal of difficulty - our views have not been accommodated. But nevertheless, the PNG Government in its wisdom has approved this " refined policy" and people of PNG must know about it and further debate it. By having it gazetted, we take the pressure of the Commission and place the entire
responsibility (and any negative consequences) on the Government. Please circulate it to PNG Chamber of Commerce.

Note; we are obliged to implement Government Policy if it has been properly conveyed to us - they have done this despite our opposition on the content. The Minister does not have the authority to issue any Licences unless there are legislative changes - that's is still pending-- and we can issue any new licences because we have now been formally advised of the new Government Policy. It is now up to the Lobby Groups to put more pressure on the Parliamentarians not to pass any Legislation.

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