PAPUA NEW GUINEA NEW YEARS EVE DAY OFF TO BEAT Y2K BUG

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 20, 1999 – Post-Courier)---Public servants will not work on New Year’s Eve as a precautionary measure against the Y2K bug.

Personnel Management Secretary Bill Kua advised all public servants of the decision, which was endorsed by the National Executive Council (NEC).

Kua said the NEC also endorsed December 27 as a public holiday because Boxing Day, December 26, falls on a Sunday.

Kua assured public servants that government payrolls would continue to be delivered in the same guaranteed way in the new millennium.

"Accordingly, I wish to assure all public servants that the Department of Treasury and Finance has certified that all government payrolls have now been tested and that they will each be compliant for normal operations at the end of 1999 and January 2000 and onwards," he said.

The payroll cycle is:

"There is no need for any officer or employee to doubt that he or she will not be paid on the dates shown," Kua said. "They are therefore advised that it is unnecessary to seek alternative sources of income between December 1999 and January 2000."

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

 

PNG TELECOMMUNICATIONS DECLARED Y2K-COMPLIANT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 21, 1999 – Radio Australia)---Telikom Papua New Guinea reports that all its telecommunication systems are now Y2K compliant, following an audit by an international telecommunication consultant group, Detecon of Germany.

Managing Director Lindsay Lailai said Telikom PNG spent about $12 million to ensure total Y2K compliance.

He said tests on the domestic and international telephone systems show they will not be affected by the Year 2000 bug.

The company noted however, that it has put in place a contingency plan in case of emergencies.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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