Govt optimistic about 2021


ANY new beginning brings its share of optimism and expectations of bigger and better things.
The year 2021 is no different.
From the family homes to business houses and the corridors of power, 2021 has arrived with similar optimism and expectations for greater achievements, success and prosperity.
Prime Minister James Marape has given hope to this year, reassuring that everyone can look ahead as a nation and a community with confidence.
Papua New Guinea has been through very tough times and there are challenges that remain as we enter 2021.
Reduced world commodity prices and the impact of Covid-19 are among several factors that have placed pressure on our economy.
Although there have been some progress toward the end of last year, as reported by the news 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 2021, our economy has turned a corner, and we should see changes with what has already transpired since Marape took office on May 30, 2019.
It seems the Government has every reason to be optimistic of success this year.
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 key economic sector reforms and changes to the economic infrastructure and social service sectors.
It promises to continue rebuilding and expanding the critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, airports and ports.
The way ahead for PNG looks all set for good things to come.
Taken together, these are important areas or public interest that directly benefit the people of our nation and communities.
The national budget for 2021 was prepared with great care.
The Government will not indulge in spending that 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 farms and 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 the infrastructure in rural communities across the nation.
In sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, tourism, transportation and mining and in enhancing the role of women in our economy and helping SMEs, APEC partners will make a very positive contribution to strengthening our capacity.
May we be more tolerant of others, help those in need and be thankful every day for all that we have.
The way the world looks at PNG will change for the better and this will stimulate new investment and business and create more jobs for our people.
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 appreciate how tough things have been for families and communities right across PNG.