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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 29, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Papua New Guinea government has established a national coordination center as part of a contingency plan for potential Y2K computer problems.

The center, to be based in Port Moresby, will be under the command of the police force with assistance from the PNG Defense Force.

Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said the center will monitor, report and manage any problems arising from Y2K.

He said administrators in the country's 19 provinces have also been directed to establish similar centers in each provincial police headquarters.

Sir Mekere said while most government departments and agencies are already Y2K-compliant, it is still necessary for the country to be ready for any emergencies.




PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 29, 1999 – Post-Courier)---The public should not panic over disruptions of services by the millennium computer bug, National Y2K Committee Chairman Soiat Williams said.

Williams made his comments while receiving a check for K 30,000 from the National Capital District Commission. The money will be used to buy facilities that will help provide information to ensure that service providers keep in touch with each other during the rollover period.

He said the committee has worked to ensure that there will be little disruption to public services.

"Given the amount of work done, I reassure the public there will be minimal disruption to services," he said. "However, this does not mean that everything will work out 100 percent."

He said organizations that provide public services, such as Telikom and Elcom, as well as government offices should be Y2K compliant by Friday.

The committee has visited provinces to ensure that Y2K centers are ready. Most of these institutions have contingency plans to ensure that services keep running.

The national committee on Friday will be on a full manning level from its central office in Port Moresby, checking out all Y2K centers to find out whether they are working or not.

He said there is a slight possibility that computers and provision of services will break down.

Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta earlier announced establishment of a National Coordination Center.

The center is now operating in Port Moresby. Its daily operations will be supervised by Police Superintendent Joe Poma, who will report directly to the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations with assistance from the Defense Force.

"While many government departments and agencies are already Y2K compliant, we must still ensure we are ready for any emergencies that may eventuate,'' the Prime Minister said.


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