Most accord commitments achieved

The National, Thursday July 21st, 2016

THE Government caucus yesterday reviewed achievements made through the implementation of deliverables in the 2012 Alotau Accord that laid the foundation of the its work plan.
With more than 80 MPs meeting in Milne Bay, members considered each issue of the accord and its state of completion in a plenary session following the previous day’s informal discussion of relevant elements.
Prime Minister  Peter O’Neill welcomed the commitment of the Government caucus to completing the work plan laid out in the Alotau Accord, that was set following the 2012 election by parties and members that went on to form the Government.
“The Alotau Accord is now an historic agreement in the history of our nation,” O’Neill said.
“This is the most forward-thinking platform for any elected government in the history of Papua new Guinea.
“This document, the Alotau Accord, clearly identifies key priority areas that we need to advance in our country if we are to deliver real and tangible change for our communities.
“We are not a government that promised the moon, we promised reality for our people.
“We promised the reality that we could deliver in education, healthcare, law and order and infrastructure and we are delivering on what we promised.
“It is fulfilling to see that we have achieved close to 90 per cent of our commitments under the Alotau Accord and we will deliver a full report on this in the coming months.”
Public Services Minister Sir Puka Temu, spoke at the plenary and highlighted the goodwill that underpinned the accord.
“During the formation of government, the theme of the Alotau Accord stated that this would be a government of reconciliation, and the Government has performed very well through political stability, achieving many milestones,” he said.