The government took a historic leap forward into the world of e-commerce yesterday when the Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, John Rosso, launched a ground-breaking online payment solution with local fintech startup NiuPay, in association with Kina Bank.
The solution sees Kina Bank, in partnership with NiuPay, deliver its first online payment gateway to market which will give local and regional landowners the ability to start paying online, removing the need for them to go into one of the Land Department’s offices.
Supported by Kina Bank digital payment solutions, NiuPay is the first organisation to offer true end-to-end, online financial technology solutions – such as designing digital processes and websites with a focus on cashless revenue collection – for government, state-owned enterprises and private business.
The launch took place at an exclusive event at the Hilton Hotel in Port Moresby yesterday hosted by James Inglis, Chief Executive Officer of NiuPay, and was attended by dignitaries including the Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, Hon. Minister for Lands and the Chief Executive Officer of Kina Bank, Mr. Greg Pawson.
Mr Pawson said: “We see the growth of digital government as crucial to the long-term success of the country. It’s an essential part of our sustainable future that we at Kina Bank are committed to. Bringing citizen-centred government services online means everyone will be able to access these services quickly, cheaply and efficiently – it breaks down the barriers to access so that everyone can benefit.”
NiuPay’s Director, James Inglis, “At NiuPay we consider ourselves ‘digital disruptors’ and as such our mission is to help Government Departments and State owned enterprise move away from costly and outdated legacy business systems and onto state of the art, highly secure and functional e-government platforms custom built to their exacting needs.”
The advent of digital government is also a cost-effective move for the government, reducing the operational costs of running departments by saving time, resources, effort and money. Digital government can also extensively increase service quality. Fundamental to it is cybersecurity.
“Our number one principle guiding each and every decision we make is security,” said Mr Pawson. “Having a partner such as NiuPay who understands, as we do, the critical nature of maintaining security is critical to us. Our partnership is built on the principle of “security first” for every line of code that is written and every piece of the infrastructure deployed. With NiuPay’s own PCI DSS certification, as well as the only partnered 3DS 2.0 platform in Papua New Guinea, we are confident in asserting that NiuPay is a secure and committed local business partner.”