National Planning and Monitoring Minister Charles Abel

Abel: Nothing sinister about 2017 Budget

In a media conference today, Abel said the 2017 Budget was presented in the same  new format which may have caused confusion in the Opposition ranks.

He said these following outbursts by the Opposition in Parliament yesterday during the Budget debate, over alleged inaccurate figures contained in the 2017 Budget.

Abel reiterated a statement by Treasurer, Patrick Pruaitch after Parliament ended, saying the budget papers are in order.

Publications to track implementation is important

The Medium Term Development Plan 2 Pocket (MTDP2) Book and the 2013 – 2016 Development Outcomes Report were both tabled in Parliament yesterday during the 2017 Budget Debate.

Planning and Monitoring Minister, Charles Abel, told the media today that the Department is bringing back an emphasis on monitoring and evaluation through the publication of scorecards.

Direct funding to ward levels

This was announced by Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Charles Abel, during the opening of the National Development Forum on Tuesday.

Abel said the government has been strong on empowering sub-national governments and have done so by first providing directly to the local level and now to the ward level.

He said a simple guideline has been created to ensure funding is properly spent.

Enga received over K100m this year, reveals Abel

This was revealed by National Planning and Monitoring Minister Charles Abel recently during the launching of PNG Power line to Tsak valley.

He said the funding allocated to Enga, under the 2015 budget, was to help build the teachers’ college, nursing school and the new hospital projects.

“The Government is doing this because it has trust and confidence in the Enga Provincial Government under the leadership of Sir Peter Ipatas’ ability to deliver important projects,” Minister Abel said.