The National, Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal launched the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive (NEC) Corporate Plan 2011-15, the 2011 Annual Work Plan and Kumul Disaster Relief Appeal in Port Moresby yesterday.
Abal challenged all government agencies to follow the PM’s Department and NEC and draw their own corporate plans.
“All government agencies and departments must own and form a corporate plan,” he said.
He said the purpose of the corporate plan was to provide:
* A statement of the priorities the department will need to address during the next five years;
* A clear sense of direction to the management and staff of the department in undertaking their work;
* An outline of the desired outcomes and broad strategies to be pursued by the department in achieving its corporate objectives; and
* A basis for monitoring, measuring and reporting performance of the department.
“Opportunities are now opening up in this nation and Papua New Guineans in every walk of life are looking for that opportunity, which is why the government must be led by visions and plans,” Abal said.
“First, they said nobody wanted to come but now everybody wants to come to PNG.
“Take ownership because the time we are in does not require us to be complacent with the affairs of this great nation, because if we are, then we will lose all our resources,” Abal said.
“Other government agencies must put together corporate plans in view of the government’s vision.
“We must plan to bring development.
“As an open trading economy, we need to be competitive in the market.
“We must lead the private sector as government, politicians and bureaucrats,” he said.
“We must strive to come up to international standard and, if we do everything on time, then everything else will follow.
“That is our approach and that’s my appeal as this is our first year of implementation,” he said.
Thanking the organisers and United church’s Bishop Edea Kidu who blessed the corporate plan and the Kavieng Group for the performance, Abal said by putting God ahead in the programme, PNG was in good stead.
“We are now able to make plans because of stability in government and we thank God.
“We, the politicians, are trying to bombard this ship of saints but the saints have kept the ship afloat,” Abal said.
He thanked leaders from village level to the government for being resilient in the 36 years since independence.
Abal launched the Kumul Disaster Relief Appeal (KDRA) and personally pledged K5,000.
“KDRA is an initiative of Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to give to nations that face great natural disasters and need our help,” he said.