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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 17 2008, 11:48:34am
Some comments on an article in the Post Courier newspaper for your good reading.
An article from today's postcourier newspaper.
I have made several commentaries in this forum regarding construction and sustenance of a vibrant engan economy.
-the economy (engan) needs strong physical infrastructure development in all districts equally.
-in this capacity, the economy be linked to the momase region of the country by an enga-sepik highway to increase supplies of essential goods at comparatively lower prices than those from morobe province.
-the economy be linked to the southern highlands to pull in the big demand market to the economy.
-the provincial government should increase financial resources to the economy especially in the agricultural sector such creation agricultural banks to make available credit funds.
-law and order be the biggest social sector priority of the provincial government.
-increase community police services to all districts and subdistrict levels.
-increase rural community court systems to ensuring that routinely local courts counsels are conducted to solve issues. This service should be secondary to the traditional courts system of the villages.
-introduce provincial rules and regulations to penalize the the guilty with harsh penalties
-the provincial government should introduce and encourage programmes to illiterate adult population to accept all the good modern cultures and abandon some of the local cultures such as tribal fights; the modern procedural process of court system.
-the provincial government should bring in the provincial radio stations to run such essential programmes.
-the provincial government should introduce the town council authority system in all districts.
-the provincial government introduce programes and uphold continued assistance to support the econ-tourism in the economy.
-above all, the political system in the province should be structured by by-laws to enusre greater political stability.
-the provincial government should be a political entity not for the governor but for all; the governor and all the open electorate members contributing to determine the political governance of the province.
-greater degree of political intergration and cooperation betweeen the provincial government, the district political structures and the rural/local political structures.
-introduce of rules and regulatons to make the all intergrated political structure of the province accountable, tranparency and accessible by all people in the province with no bias.
A better way to do business
PAPUA New Guinea celebrates 33 years of independence today. Over the past 33 years, PNG has grown and developed into an economic force in the Pacific and we have the capacity and potential to be a leading nations in the Pacific.
We are experiencing an economic boom through the development of our natural resources that should continue for many years to come and with proper management and good governance by the government in power and the bureaucracy, the people should receive the benefit of an unprecedented period of growth. There is no reason Papua New Guinea cannot be an independent nation that is not reliant on aid and assistance from other nations.
A recent survey by the United Nations rated PNG at 95 overall out of 181 nations surveyed in the ease of “Doing Business”. Our rating against our Pacific neighbours, who had undertaken significant economic reform, was poor. PNG has undertaken no reforms in the categories identified by the survey. This is disappointing given the current unheralded period of political stability and a Government, which has the peoples’ mandate to act. Bright spots in the report were our rankings in the “protecting investors “ category, where we ranked 38/181 and “employing workers” where we ranked 31/181. However, there is clearly an urgent need, firstly, for the Government to acknowledge our deficiencies in our regulatory services, and secondly, to take any necessary initiatives to work towards resolving the problems. We should avoid the temptation to “shoot the messenger: and approach such criticisms in a mature, positive and constructive manner. We could do much better if the government made “doing business in PNG” much easier for overseas and current domestic investors.
The Government needs to “urgently” co-ordinate a complete review of our regulatory services and unite government and business representatives as a working group to address all the issues that create impediments to doing business in PNG. The business sector would gladly work hand-in-hand with the Government to rectify the problems, and the various Chambers of Commerce in the country would certainly support any steps taken.
We have had a stable government in place since the 2002 elections and this has certainly been a factor that has contributed to our economic development and also to improving our international image. Over the years PNG has been very reliant on donor funding, in particular from Australia. Eventually aid providers will want PNG to be financially independent – the Government has to develop a longer-term strategy so the people of PNG can stand on their own feet and not look to “Big Brother” nations for support.
The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce recently held a members forum, which was attended by representatives of both the businesses sector and representatives of the National Capital District Commis-sion. The NCDC responded well to criticisms and suggestions offered, and the Governor has agreed to work with the business sector to address and resolve the issues discussed at the meeting. The Gov-ernor is to be congratulated for his positive and proactive approach.
PNG has developed as a nation since 1975 and with the promise of significant revenue from the LNG sector PNG has the potential of dramatic improvements in infrastructure, health services, law and order, and, in particular, the public service so we can move forward and become a fully independent nation with a strong voice in the Pacific, and the world.
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