Stakeholders unite to look at devt issues

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THE democratic governance transition phase (DGTP) is to work with the PNG Sports Foundation (PNGSF), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Media for Development and other organisations to enhance collaboration in addressing development issues facing PNG.
DGTP team leader Dr Naihuwo Ahai said the aim was to boost the public private partnership (PPP) approach to achieve the development agenda.
“We will also work with the local level government, provincial and national governments to learn about how processes are managed and how the result has impacted the people,” Dr Ahai said at a workshop involving key implementers of programmes of the PNG Democratic Governance under AusAID in Goroka Eastern Highlands province.
The workshop, which ended yesterday, assessed performances of various partners involved in DGTP to identify the strengths, processes, managements and results for the next phase.
The participants, from all over PNG where DGTP had programmes, gave presentations and were involved in group discussions.
Dr Ahai said the programmes under AusAID also sought input on decisions affecting their work.
He said the NGO Kibung, an initiative of the Eastern Highlands provincial government, was a very active programme working with DGTP.
The AusAID democratic governance unit first secretary Kath Taplin said they worked towards shared governance to have the voice of every stakeholder.
She applauded the efforts Dr Ahai’s team, saying their input would make further progress in the next level of  initiative for development.
Simon Kunai, a participant from the Department of Provincial and Local Level Government, applauded what DGTP had been doing which should be tied into the Government’s medium term development strategy (MTDS) and PNG Vision 2050.