PNGSDP talks held in S’pore

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PRIME Minister James Marape has led a delegation to Singapore to meet with officials of the Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Programme (PNGSDP).
Marape, in his first overseas trip as Prime Minister, said aim of the trip was to find common ground on behalf of the people of Western, who had a share in the PNGSDP fund.
He said the trip was the first step in fulfilling the objective returning the country to position where it would benefit from its resources and any other funds available to it.
Marape said all Cabinet ministers would visit the state departments, agencies and companies to find out how they could contribute to the goal of making Papua New Guinea “the richest black Christian nation”.
“Those public servant leaders who have the same mind as us will be maintained irrespective of tribal, religion, politics or personal difference,” he said.
“We want to pick the very best leaders of our departments of state to assist us getting our country going in the right direction.
“This will take a month or two and I ask for your patience,” he said.
Marape said he would carry out his role in an unassuming fashion.
Marape left the country on Saturday on Air Niugini, travelling economy class, and is expected to return later this week.
“I say while it may break protocol, I have my own reasons of doing this, in fact those in Air
Niugini government liaison know that some time back before I become prime minister I told them I would be travelling economy class,” Marape said in a Facebook post.

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