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PNG to Establish MRA system to avoid Trade Impediments

06/06/2018

Papua New Guinea is looking at establishing a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) system to promote the flow of genuine ICT equipment into the country.

Papua New Guinea is looking at establishing a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) system to promote the flow of genuine ICT equipment into the country.

Principal Engineer on ICT Standards with NICTA PNG, Mr George G Alokaka said that the National Information Communication Technology Authority is taking up this project to ensure ICT equipment is coming to PNG without going through trade impediments.

Mr Alokaka said this during the Liberalization Steering Group on Mutual Recognition Agreement Meeting which is part of the APEC 57th Telecommunication and Information Working Group Meeting currently underway in Port Moresby.

“Right now, the flow of ICT equipment coming to PNG is slow and importers are losing money because all equipment’s are to come through to NICTA to conform to the country’s’ regulatory standard before going to the shelves,” Mr Alokaka said, adding that this has caused Trade Impediments.

He said to promote trade and to bring in ICT equipment, there is need for PNG to establish the MRA system so that the equipment is checked once and put to use everywhere.

“By doing so, the equipment can come straight from the manufacturer to the importers to avoid time consumption and extra costing”.

“We want to make sure the ICT equipment is of high quality and our people get what their money worth”.

“Papua New Guinea is learning a lot from the experiences and the challenges faced by other economies in the APEC Region during the Liberalization Steering Group on Mutual Recognition Agreement Meeting and will apply to PNG,” Mr Alokaka said.