PNG NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM: A MISALIGNED PROJECT THAT NEEDS TO REFOCUS ON THE ESSENTIALS
02 SEPTEMBER 2014
The Government had initiated an “Identity Card” Project in 2013 that is continuing on in 2014, with a total appropriation of K200 million, that we hoped would help resolve our population information needs. However, infighting among government agencies and weak coordination stemming from a poor understanding of its purpose and objectives is leading to a situation where this project is likely to fail and PNG not getting the full value of this key investment.
The term ID card is misleading, with many government agencies confused over who will be responsible and what it is going to be used for. Adding to this confusion, was the move by one of the National Ministers responsible for implementing the program through the Department she was responsible for, “Piloting” an electronic ID project in her electorate, whilst the National Statistical Office (NSO) is putting out advertisements to recruit personnel to start rolling out the National Project. Meanwhile, the PNG Electoral Commission, one of the original intended beneficiaries has come out with a media statement last week stating that they are now going to proceed with their own limited Electronic ID electoral roll project.
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