The NationalInformation & Communications Technology Authority or NICTA anPNG Customs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to step up surveillance onthe import of unapproverdInformation & Communications Technology equipment intothe country.
The signing ofthe MOU by NICTA CEO Charles Punaha anPNG Customs Commissioner Ray Paul, pavesthe way for better cooperation betweenthe two parties in carrying outtheir respective roles.
The NationalInformation & Communications Technology Authority or NICTA is responsible for the licensing and regulation ofthe ICT industry.
It is responsible for the type-approval of ICT equipmentsuch as mobile phones, walkie-talkies, and ther radio-communications devises imported by licensed dealers.
PNG Customs is responsible for border security, facilitation of international trade and collection of taxes and duties on behalf ofthe State. It is also responsible for the enforcement of all prohibited import and export items of entry throughoutthe country.
The key features ofthe cooperation between NICTA anPNG Customs includethe sharing of information to enhance legal advice, update customs listings and seize unapproverd imported ICT equipment.
The MoU isthe first of its kind to be signed between two government bodies.
Delly Begu, National EMTV News