Government remains optimistic

Editorial

ANY new beginning brings its share of optimism and expectations of bigger and better things.
The New Year 2019 is no different.
From family homes to business houses and the corridors of power, 2019 has arrived with optimism and expectations for greater achievements, success and prosperity.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has given hope to this year, assuring that everyone can look ahead as a nation with confidence.
PNG has been through very tough times, and there are challenges that remain as we enter 2019.
Reduced world commodity prices, and the impact of drought, are among several factors that have placed pressure on our economy.
Although there has been some progress made toward the end of last year as reported by the media, there is a greater need for more infrastructure development and social services in districts and local level government areas this year.
Now, as we enter 2019, our prime minister says our economy has turned a corner and with positive outcomes.
It seems the Government has every reason to be optimistic of success this year, with investors in the global economy having confidence in our country.
The Government is building a more-prosperous nation in which the benefits of growth and development are more equally shared by all.
It will continue to improve key policies that directly benefit the people of Papua New Guinea.
This Government is proud of its free education policy and basic free healthcare.
It promises to continue to rebuild and expand critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, airports and ports.
The Highlands Highway remains a high priority.
This vital road will be rebuilt and delivered to an international standard.
It has been successful in decentralising decision-making to local communities, district administrations and local level government.
The way ahead for PNG looks all set for good things to come.
Taken together, these four policy areas are very important areas of public interest that directly benefit the people of our nation and the communities in which we live. The National Budget for 2019 has been prepared with great care.
The Government will not indulge in spending we cannot afford, and we will ensure as much of the burden as is possible is carried by the Government and its agencies, not by businesses and communities.
By working smarter, we can meet our domestic food needs, and generate vital export income for our nation.
Rebuilding and expanding the agricultural sector is a key priority in the year ahead.
The Government will assist producers to improve the quality of their crops, and will improve infrastructure in rural communities across the nation.
Sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, tourism, transportation and mining, help in enhancing the role of women in our economy, and helping SMEs which will make a very positive contribution to strengthening our capacity.
The New Year will bring changes, as every year does.
Although changes can be challenging and uncomfortable, they’re a necessary part of life.
It’s best to face them head-on rather than cling to the comforts of past memories.
May we be more tolerant of others, help those in need and be thankful every day for all that we have.
A new beginning is valuable.
We hope its promise will last long into the year.
It is reassuring to know that the Government understands and appreciates how tough things have been for families and communities right across PNG.

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