Acting Secretary Isaac Lupari urges Governors to look at Political system and the bureaucratic system together when discussing decentralization

The Acting Secretary for the Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council Amb. Isaac Lupari, CBE, has urged Provincial Governors’ who are gathered for the 2020 Provincial Governors’ Conference in Port Moresby to look at the country’s Political system and the bureaucratic system together when deliberating on decentralization of powers.

Mr Lupari made this appeal today at the opening of the 2020 Provincial Governors’ Conference at the Hilton Hotel.

He said both systems must work hand in hand to ensure service delivery reaches people in the remote areas of the country.

Mr. Lupari added that the current bureaucratic system spend more than K4 billion every year on salaries of public servants and yet tangible results of service deliver is not felt nor seen by the people.

“If the Government is spending K4.3 billion on public service and services are not reaching our people, there is something wrong,” Mr Lupari said.

He also urge the Governor’s to take a serious look at the composition of their workforce because reports show that almost 90% of the workforce in provinces and districts are local to the province and district.

Mr. Lupari believes, that creates a culture of regionalism that will become a threat to the National Security of Papua New Guinea, going into the future and one country.

Priority focus areas for discussion during the two day conference are:

● Constitutional Amendment and Organic Law on Decentralization – Empowerment and Progressive Development through Gradative Decentralization.
● Review of Electoral Boundaries.
● Review of Organic on Elections.
● Review of Integrity of Political Parties – Leadership and Development.
● Discussions and Options for Inclusivity and Representation.
● Provincial Economies – Economic Growth.
● Organic Law on Minerals and Hydro Carbon.
● COVID-19: Impact and Implications for Provincial Management, Leadership.
● Partnership for Local Solutions, Human Welfare and Economic Sustainability.