2017 Leaders Summit

Public service, ‘monster’ consuming more

Chief Secretary to the Government Isaac Lupari when speaking at the 2017 Leaders’ Summit on Monday said this amount is too much and will be looking into the public service to decrease the amount.

He said the Government will be implementing the public service reform to downsize the number of public service recruitment.

“We do not need duplications of job in the public services.

“This is the biggest monster that is eating away the budget of the country,” he said.

About 200,000 public servants are currently employed which is about 2% of the total population.

PNG-Aust relations must grow deeper and broader: Davies

Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies said this on Monday during the 2017 Leaders Summit in Port Moresby.

Davies said PNG was undergoing great change with the hosting of several resource energy projects, attracting more tourists, the agriculture potential and the hosting of several major events including the 2018 APEC Summit.

He added as PNG and Australia undergoes change and address short-term economic challenges, it is only natural that bilateral relations evolve as well.

Govt will look at non-resource sector: Vele

Treasury Secretary, Dairi Vele, said during the 2017 Leaders Summit that the Government must move its focus to the non-resource sector over the next five years.

“In the early part of your (O’Neill-Dion) administration, you were looking at oil and gas and mining that were providing much of our growth, now it’s come down a little bit and we’re focusing on some of the other non-resource areas.

APEC Haus to be a world class museum

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the announcement today at the 2017 Leader’s Summit in Port Moresby.

He said the museum will help Papua New Guinea children know the history of the country and other neighboring countries.

The construction of the APEC Haus had begun on the reclaimed land at Ela Beach.

It is being undertaken by Oil Search Ltd through a tax credit scheme approved by the National Executive Council.

O’ Neill said the building will be the focus for global attention during APEC, and will be a national icon that will be used by generations to come.

Challenging term of Parliament, says O’Neill

O’Neill made the statement today when officially opening the 2017 Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby.

He said although many criticisms and other negative and bad comments have been raised agains them, his government has never failed its commitment in serving the people.

“We developed a core set of policies and commitments to our nation and were very busy implementing them.

“We never promise to take everybody to the moon, but to improve lives of so many people and our children.”

O’Neill officially opens 2017 Leaders’ Summit

The Summit brought together national, provincial and local level governments, government department and statutory agencies heads and commodity boards, as well as private sector bodies and development partners.

The annual event provides a forum for Provincial and Districts level leaders to present reports on achievements and disappointments experienced at all Government levels.

The Summit is an initiative of the current coalition government led by O’Neill since taking office in 2012.

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Leaders’ Summit to review four year performance

The two-day event hosted by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, will see the Government highlight their view of country’s progress since assuming office in 2012.

Prime Minister O’Neill will begin the program with the Governments achievements in 2016 followed by a four-year summary of the country between 2013 and 2016.

This will be followed by State of the Economy presentation focused on the 2016 Budget Performance and 2017 Budget Framework, by Treasurer, Dairi Vele.