"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".


- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles




Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The numbers look great, reality does not. A thought on the budget.

Evidently as the LNG project develops, the government expects windfalls that will allow it to fulfill Papua New Guinea's developmental dreams. However, without wishing to be a 'cup half empty' type, the following commentary by the Public Accounts Committee on the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, and the Office of Rural Development, suggests more revenues means at present more spoils for corruption and wastage:

"The Department of National Planning and Monitoring and the Office of Rural Development are incapable of competently and lawfully managing even their own Departmental budget ... The Department of National Planning and Monitoring and the Office of Rural Development are unable to manage, implement, control, co-ordinate, oversee, monitor, account for, audit or apply public monies in the form of Development Budgets, Programs or Projects to any acceptable standard of competence ...  Incompetence and inability compounded by poor morale, corruption and almost total loss of command and control by management in both the Department of National Planning and Monitoring and the Office of Rural Development have been very largely responsible for poor or nonexistent delivery of services and development to our remote (and not so remote) areas and is responsible for the failure to manage or coordinate the implementation of development programs or projects ... This failure has, over many years, resulted in huge wastage of public monies appropriated to development programs and projects, to the detriment of our citizens".

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