THE PNG GOVERNMENT is to borrow K151 million from a Chinese bank to buy IT systems from Huawei Technologies, a company the Pentagon says has close ties with the Chinese military.
According to news reports, Huawei was investigated by the US government over a planned merger with a US company which was determined as potentially able to undermine US national security.
So Chinese money is being provided to buy Chinese IT systems for use by the PNG government. What's in this deal for the Middle Kingdom (a term referring to the traditional Chinese view that it is the centre of the world).
There is much reliance on software systems these days - salaries, leave, loan repayments, bank accounts, tax payments, email communications, data storage, the list goes on.
All aspects of professional or personal life are available to anyone who has access to the system. Should the system close down, absolute chaos can result.
Then there's maintenance, archiving, upgrades and operational expenses.
Once a system is installed it’s very difficult to change it for something else.
Gosh! It begins to sound like a monopoly, doesn't it?