By LUKE KAMA
PEOPLE in positions to make decisions on the allocation of money and resources, especially in State agencies, must give preference to local firms, an official says.
Deputy managing director of the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority Dilu Muguwa made the comment while launching a new website designed by local IT Company Indii Technology in Port Moresby last Friday.
Muguwa said a lot of Papua New Guineans were venturing into small businesses and could deliver services but were often overlooked by fellow citizens in power.
“We need to make sure that things that locals cannot do, we can out source that to big companies,” he said.
“But for services that local firms can competently deliver without compromising the standards and quality, we must give them to our citizens.
“We have to assess tasks and projects that can be executed by our nationals and those that cannot be done by nationals.
“In this case of developing our website, we had bidders from outside.
“We saw that Indii Technology is a new local firm struggling to build its reputation in the information technology and communications industry so we gave them the contract. They have done a tremendous job.”
By LUKE KAMA