Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.

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The Government Communication and Information Technology (GCIT)

Major policy objectives are provided for in the following sectors:

  • Telecommunication Services
  • Postal Services
  • Print Media
  • Book Publishing
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Cable Television
  • Satellite Broadcasting
  • Films and Cinema
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Traditional and Group Media
  • Information Services
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology Standards
  • Audio Visual Media
  • Human Resource and Communication Training
  • Communication Research
  • News Agencies
  • Advertising
  • Copyright Law


Communication is information based in the sense that a good part of communication processes are based on information. Information therefore forms a significant function in communication. In this context it appears more appropriate that this policy be referred to as the National Communication Policy. However for reasons of consistency, it shall he known as the National Information and Communication Policy.


The goal is to provide a co-ordinated umbrella policy directions in information and communication to enhance developmental processes in the country.

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  • PNG has more languages (over 800) than any other country in the world with possible exception of India. The official language is English with Pidgin and Hiri Motu being used widely as lingua franca to facilitate communication among people of diverse linguistic backgrounds.
  • Papua New Guinea is a free market economy. It is rich with natural resources such as oil, gas, gold, copper, forestry and fisheries which play a vital role in the development of the country. Traditional agricultural commodities such as copra, cocoa, coffee, rubber, tea still earn a big portion of the Country's foreign exchange.
  • Media outlets include the National Broadcasting Commission, EMTV, two national dailies; the PNG Post Courier and the National, weekly publications of Times of PNG and the Wantok as well as other smaller publications.
  • Advances in broadcast technology such as satellites allowed television programmes to be viewed in this country long before a TV network was established. In some places cable TV networks were installed to provide reception and distribution of off-air satellite programmes. Audio Visual services also becoming increasingly popular with the trends in customer market.
  • PNG has one of the most advanced telecommunications network in the world. All centres in the country are linked by either terrestrial or satellite microwave radio links with routing and switching of calls made at telephone exchanges in major centres. Calls can be made to almost anywhere in the world.
  • Because communication is the thread which hinds a community and indeed a nation together, lack of information- and communication have been identified as the biggest problem of hindrance in meaningful development.
  • In mid 1992, the Fifth National Parliament established a Department of Information and Communication to ensure that the majority of Papua New Guineans benefit from Government programmes and services through an improved information and communication system in tune with the spirit of the National Constitution.
  • Establishment of the Department of Information and Communication Services was the first major initiative taken by the Wingti-Chan Government in January 1993 to formulate the National Information and Communication Policy for Papua New Guinea.