He told the Customs officers on November 20 that the successful delivery of the 2018 budget is in the hands of PNG Customs and Internal Revenue Commission (IRC).
“The Government wouldn’t have delivered its policies, programs and basic services to our people if you and IRC did not deliver the projected revenue in the 2018 money plan,” stated Lupari.
“You and IRC are the most important Government agencies in the public service.
“The entire Government and service delivery system is dependent on you and IRC’s performances. That is the truth.”
Lupari said it is important for everyone to work together to collect the required revenues.
“The Government has done its part by increasing your budget for 2018 by 32 percent and IRC by 45 percent.
“In addition, in the past 3 years, the Government has approved recruitment of additional staff, including investment in capacity and skills upgrading.
“Now we have to deliver on our part and that is to collect every kina and toea required for the 2018 budget.
“There should be no excuses. There should be no slackness. The Government and people expect returns on their investments,” Lupari said.
Meanwhile, he thanked them for their sacrifices and the hard work put into supporting the Government in the delivery of the 2017 budget.
“I wish each every one of you a happy festive period and a prosperous 2018,” Lupari said.