The five-year plan from 2018 to 2022 is the Departments road map in how it delivers its targets within the Governments overarching goal.
It was launched by Department Secretary, Andrew Liliura, and Minister for Commerce and Trade, Wera Mori, on Friday November 2nd.
Department Staff and management gathered in Port Moresby for the launching of the Departments first ever Corporate Plan.
Department Secretary, Andrew Liliura, said with the Governments priority focused on Inclusive Economic Growth, the Department had a major role in achieving this goal.
He said part of this was ensuring the Corporate Plan correlated with the Vision 2050, various Strategic Plans and Policies, and the recently launched Medium Term Development Plan III.
“Under the MTDP III a significant development is that the Department of Commerce and Industry has been mandated as the lead agency of government agency to drove the manufacturing sector and trade and investment. this is a challenge for the department and we all look forward to deliver on this expectation of government within the period of the plan,” he said.
Commerce and Trade Minister, Wera Mori, said with the APEC Summit upon us he said the onus o PNG now was to seize the opportunities provided by the hosting of the Summit.
He added the allowance of provisions in the Corporate Plan to accommodate the Era Kone Declaration was commendable.
“I have noted on the Secretary’s speech that under the Departments Corporate Plan 2018 – 2022, provisions have been made for the implementation of post-APEC Commitments under the Era Kone Declaration. Good on you and a step in the right direction.
“I sincerely hope that through the Departments collaborative partnership with the CSA’s, private sector organizations, women’s groups and other stakeholders, we can convince potential investors attending the APEC meeting that Papua New Guinea is a conducive and secure destination to do business,” said Minister Mori.
Meanwhile, Secretary Liliura called on the Chief Secretary and the Department of Personnel Management to approve the restructure, which will allow the Department implement the Government’s Policy.
“I would like to tale this opportunity to appeal to the Chief Secretary to Governbmentr and the Acting Secretary to the Department of Personnel Management who are present here to urgently approve the current restructure of the Department. At the same time, considering the short-fall in our staff level, we are in desparate need to recruit externally to fill the current fully funded vacant positions in the department,” said Liliura.
Department staff and a local firm were commended for putting together the document.