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Subject: Give enough time for experts on SOEs

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Date Posted: 08:44:13 07/06/01 Fri

In most cases you will find that a lot of intellectuals are within the public service that are never utilised well by the governments due to their bureaucratic and politic systems. We should allow qualified people to hold important positions and allow ample time for them to fulfill their responsibilities well and then allow the process of evaluation to take its course to determine their reliability in the job. When we avoid by premature termination of personel from jobs due to political influence, it leads to far reaching implications such as economic problems. When this happens, government's pointing fingers trying to blame each other and finally privatisation of state owned enterprises (SOE) as a way out of foreign debts assuming that these SOEs like Air Niugini and PNGBC are not functioning effectively and a cost burden to them to cover their guilt from the public. How can they (SOEs) function effectively when the skilled and trained people are removed from the management? I do not think that there is any good reason behind it to privatise the SOEs when the government itself is at fault. Why cant the government bring in private personnel to manage the SOEs for a change without interference?

David Baker (04th July, 2001), from the view point of Post Courier reflecting similar sentiments about the way the government sacks qualified people from the right jobs.

"AS I flew to Sydney on June 25, I read “Barney On Wokabaut” in the Post-Courier.
While I cannot accept Barney’s argument for the maintenance of government businesses, I am prepared to accept his statement that there are “more qualified people in the public sector than anywhere else”.
What Barney does not acknowledge is that an injection from the private sector would bring to government businesses a determination to succeed.
On our Air Niugini airbus (capacity 200 passengers) there were only 18 passengers, maybe one flight crew passenger! As the Air Niugini product is fine, I ask, what has failed? Clearly, it must be the promotion.
Could the Tourism Promotion Authority assist, I ask? No, I am told. “The boss has been fired and now, so has the board” (chaired by that great tourism professional Sir Peter Barter).
So Barney, I find it difficult to believe that the better promotional people are always within the public sector.
While this great government business burns, Barney and the students present a case for and protest for the maintenance of State run businesses.
Surely, as far as a business like Air Niugini is concerned, Barney can’t be serious. Maybe populous, but not serious."

Thus, people like Peter Barter as mentioned by Baker to be an experienced man should be left alone with Air Niugini than to be sacked by the government for whatever reasons.
Who else will manage Air Niugini for long? Or will privatisation become the answer to most of the SOEs that are considered to be inefficient and cost burden to the government?

It is quite annoying to see these things happening but how can we make one understand?


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