Hepi 35th Hindipendence Day

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  1. Good article in the Sydney Morning Herald just now by Ilya.

    PNG marks 35 years but problems linger
    Ilya Gridneff, Papua New Guinea Correspondent
    September 15, 2010 – 4:59PM

    AAP

    Long periods of both poor leadership and planning since independence has thwarted Papua New Guinea’s bid to fully utilise its abundant resources, says a key report.

    PNG’s National Research Institute (NRI) released its PNG Development Performance 1975-2008 report to coincide with Thursday’s national celebrations marking Independence Day.

    PNG has ridden a rollercoaster of highs and lows for much of the time since Australian territorial control of the nation ended 35 years ago.

    But since 2002, relative stability and economic growth have come to symbolise a country gradually finding its place in the world.

    Even so, PNG is far from a cohesive state – no prime minister had served a full five-year term before incumbent Michael Somare came to power in 2002.

    Also, despite massive windfall revenue from natural resource projects, PNG currently sits 148th on the United Nation’s Human Development Index, two places below Bangladesh and trailing 40 places behind Fiji.

    The 166-page NRI development report addresses a variety of issues, among them poor fiscal policy and development plans that lack continuity as well as why the resource-rich country is going backwards in most social indicators.

    The NRI’s Professor Alphonse Gelu focused on political infighting and governance issues.

    “Parliamentary democracy in PNG has been distorted by practices that are parochial and not beneficial to the majority of the people,” he said.

    “Repeated ministerial reshuffles and votes of no confidence have distracted MPs from their main task and affected the ability of the government to concentrate on delivering services to the people.”

    Two NRI research associates Aaron Batten and Linda Duncan, reporting on PNG’s development performance, say the statistics “do not tell a good story”.

    “Poor results show that the government has struggled to overcome the substantial challenges it has faced in delivering services to arapidly growing population,” they say.

    “A lack of fiscal discipline and poor economic management have meant that PNG has often been unable to translate short to medium economic booms into higher rates of long-term growth.”

    Despite the PNG government this week hyping the $16 billion ExxonMobil Liquefied Natural Gas project, the Sydney-based Lowey Institute predicts little trickle-down effect.

    “When companies are foreign owned, their profits are typically withdrawn from the economy and have no discernible impact on PNG’s poor,” it says.

    There is optimism and hope surrounding the LNG project, a new 2050 Vision development plan outlining how the country will benefit from the 30 years of gas sales, but much scepticism persists.

    Transparency International’s corruption index last year rated PNG the 151st worst nation out of 180 ranked countries while the World Bank’s 2010 Doing Business report ranked it 102nd out of 183.

    The bonds between Australia and PNG remain strong, although many Australian companies have capitalised on the country’s lack of expertise and growing economy to make large profits.

    The Australian government gives PNG more than $400 million a year in aid and, despite the occasional diplomatic spat, has spent billions over the past decade to ensure Australia’s closest neighbour remains stable and on track to a better future.

    © 2010 AAP

  2. What Crap and Bullshits are the politicians going to tell the Nation of Papua New Guinea and its resilience People this time round?What developments are they going to tell us about?
    The Exxon Mobil billion kina/dollar deal with the Government of PNG is exactly that! it is with the Government Ministers!,we will not see the benefits until we die.They will and have been lining their pockets and expanding their investment portfolios,never mind the rural hospitals and their dire needs for medicine.and all else that pertains to keeping that place operating.What about Pom General hospital and their needs.What about all the other NEEDS for services in and around the whole nation?People wandering around Pom begging for food and looking for job with look of hopelessness.What economic developments,what human developments,what scientific and social, agricultural developments,what major highways and feeder roads have they constructed ? What..?What..?
    Somebody tell them politicians to shout up their empty lieing mouths and go to hell with all their BS…..and Crap.

    Take your lies and go and tell it outside of PNG,we PNGs deserve better treatment then what YOU LOT have been dishing out to us Papua New Guineans for the past 35years.Go!go to hell the whole lot of you!

    ?

  3. We had our share of problems and therefore we (PNG) will solve it our way. The 2050 Vision if it succeeds, its good for the country, if it fails so be it. Atleast we are not sitting back, expecting mana to fall from the skies. The dependency syndrome must cease immediately after 35 years of independence. Minister Sam Abel must fast track to do away with foreign aid (consultants, etc, they are part and parcel of this demise that’s highlighted by AAP). We will do it our way.

    We are now better prepared to say “No thanks”

  4. Alot of our problems come down to our attitudes. corruption is not practised at the political level only. Its everywhere. Public Servants are the ones who are not delivering. They are the biggest conspirators. Development funds disappear within the ‘system’.
    If PNGeans can start doing the right thing at all levels , we will see changes in the country

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