By BOSORINA ROBBY
MINING investors, government departments and mining stakeholders can now buy any Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) publications through its newly-launched online shop, The National reports.
Launched yesterday, the online shop uses a secure electronic payment gateway, the ANZ eGate, or an eCommerce facility technology that allowed MRA to securely accept and process online customer payments by credit card and provided customers the option of paying in their preferred currency.
The items in the online shop included geological maps, geophysical and geochemistry data and other internal publications.
MRA acting managing director Philip Samar said the partnership between MRA and ANZ hoped to expand on this facility to include online payments for service, administrative and other statutory fees such as tenement application fees and licences.
According to MRA technicians, the ecommerce facility was designed to allow potential clients to buy anything they wanted from the online shop in the comfort of their offices or homes worldwide.
Clients would need to login, fill in the required details, order their item and pay for it with a Master or Visa card.
Processed through ANZ, this was a safe and secure way to make purchases as it would only be the card holder and their bank who knows their numbers and passwords.
With six currencies available, including the Japanese yen, clients would need to pay a K75 flat rate on top of the item before receiving their order in 64 days.
MRA is meeting with DHL to arrange for a faster and efficient delivery system.
ANZ’s relationship manager public sector Kingsley Anakapu explained that although this type of technology was relatively new in PNG, MRA became the second organisation to sign up after Datec last year.
He said this showed how the business environment was growing in PNG.
The address for the online shop is www.mra-shop.com .