OTDF Conducts Food Security Survey

The Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) conducted a Food Security Baseline Survey in South and Middle Fly regions of Western Province and showed the sustainability of agriculture and fishing for communities who live along the river. 

The information paves way for sustainable management of current food sources with the introduction of maize and rice farming for possible income generation arrangements.  

PNG Needs Population Policy: Gure

Lekwa Gure, Deputy Party Leader of ULP and Member for Rigo Open, presented the party’s 16 policy statements in the third seminar facilitated by the PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) last Friday, 12th of November.

ULP’s eighth policy statement states, “Responsible family planning based on PNG socioeconomics for population growth.”

MP Gure said the country’s population is growing at 3.1 percent, while the country’s economic growth is approximately 2.5 percent.

NRI/CEFI Partnership

The memorandum of understanding signed today between CEFI and PNG NRI aims to consolidate and strengthen cooperation between the institutions.

Present to officiate the agreement was Executive Director for CEFI, Saliya Ranasinghe and Acting Director for PNG NRI, Dr. Osborne Sanida.

The newly formed partnership now enables new research grounds into the country’s economic and social development. The research will place special emphasis on the role of education in development.

Vital NRI Course

This is one of the values of the course that the participants can gain from, as highlighted by the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) Acting Director, Dr. Osborne Sanida in his address to the 2021 intakes on Monday 6 September 2021.

“The curriculum is unique in its conception and presentation… A lot of you can go on to do post-graduate studies. EPAC is the stepping stone to it,” Dr. Sanida said.

Failure of Service Delivery

The ADRP Seminar Series are held in the lead up to the National Conference in October. Discussions in the seminars are based on the capacity deterioration of basic service delivery and the weakening of National Institutions.

Political Science Lecturer from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Michael Kabuni highlighted the ‘Performance of Legislative and Executive Arms of Government in Papua New Guinea.’

Public Servants Lack Proper Ethics

In recent years, in an effort to rectify the problem of ethics and lack of values-based culture blamed on the public sector workforce, selected groups of public servants have been attending ethics and leadership courses at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG) every year since 2015.

More Women Take NRI Course

Speaking at the opening ceremony at the PNG NRI campus in Port Moresby on Thursday, PNG NRI’s Acting Director Dr Osborne Sanida said it was good to see more females rising in the public and private sectors.

“There are more females registered, which is good for advancing equal opportunity for all,” Dr Sanida said.

The course was first offered in May, where 31 students attended and graduated with certificates after one week of intensive study.

NRI In Information Sharing Drive

ADRP Leader, Dr. Thomas Webster addressed media personnel in a briefing today on the upcoming event, he said the National Conference will facilitate a robust discussion on;

  • Basic service delivery systems
  • The extent of capacity deterioration
  • Weakening of national institutions and
  • Governance and oversight in Papua New Guinea.


Dr. Webster explained: “The objectives are to facilitate an informed national conversation with dialogue and information sharing.”

Land Administration System Vital

It can also be an effective resolution of disputes.

This is stated in the latest PNG National Research Institute report titled ‘Strategies to address challenges in customary land administration, governance and dispute resolution in Papua New Guinea’ that was released today.

NRI Re-opens Conference Facility

The occasion was marked by the head of the project, PNG NRI Deputy Director for Corporate Dr. Esther Lavu, handing the keys to the refurbished conference centre to the PNG NRI Acting Director Dr Osborne Sanida.

“I acknowledge and thank the NRI Management, the NRI Tenders Committee and the Corporate team, particularly the Grounds and Facilities Manager and the Finance Manager for upholding the procurement process and implementing with great effort.