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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, October 30) – For the first time, Papua New Guineans can now shop on the internet through the website using the local currency.

Data Nets Ltd and Westpac Bank Ltd have launched its internet shopping site that enables credit card holders in Papua New Guinea to buy goods and services in the domestic and overseas markets.

Data Nets and Westpac Bank unveiled their latest joint effort in producing PNG’s first ever e-commerce site, which allows Master Card and Visa Card users who have access to the internet to buy PNG goods online using the kina.

The launch last Thursday was witnessed by senior members of the public and private sector in which the first ever local internet transaction was made involving a purchase of a PGK100 [US$35.57] B-Mobile pre-paid card. The transaction was done in seconds.

Data Nets general manager Sundar Ramamurthy said: "It is our effort to assist Government and the private sector in creating growth and the move into the next century,

"We understand that people need a credit card, however, many people prefer to use this when paying for goods purchased over the internet," he said

"Our aim is to make this possible in PNG so that people will come to trust the transactions," Mr Ramamurthy said.

The shopping website is the launching pad for e-commerce in PNG and will allow customers to buy products and services from the safety and comfort of their home 24 hours a day.

It also allows people and companies to sell their products and services on the global market anywhere and at any time and will benefit tourists and tourism agencies where holiday bookings can be made at the convenience of the tourist in their own time-zone.

One of Data Nets goal for the future is to link up with Air Niugini and PNG Power Ltd to provide online booking of airline tickets and online purchase of Esipay load credit to its clients.

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