China’s leading telecommunications company, Huawei Technologies, will invest in Papua New Guinea’s telecommunications infrastructure. According to a leading PNG daily, the decision is a “a demonstration of confidence in the Pacific island country’s economy”.

Huawei also signed a memorandum of understanding with the PNG officials for plans that include providing assistance setting up an Integrated Government Information Service (IGIS). The IGIS would help PNG Government deliver e-govt. services such as passport and visa applications, tax and medical rebates, vehicle registration, etc.

The announcement came after a recent visit to China by PNG leaders. Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, had this to say:

telecommunications involved cutting-edge technology and required high capital costs. Therefore, the decision by Huawei to enter into a partnership with Telikom PNG to improve its telecommunications infrastructure was very much appreciated.

Established in 1988, Huawei is said to be the third-largest telecommunications company in the world. It is a high-tech enterprise that specializes in research and development (R&D), production and marketing of communications equipment, and providing customized network solutions for telecom carriers in optical, fixed, mobile and data communication networks.