By JASON GIMA WURI
NATIONAL leaders and the people of Papua New Guinea will now have the ability to see just what type of services are being delivered in every district and province in the country.
Deputy Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu said this while launching the PNG District and Provincial Profiles Report at the National Research Institute yesterday.
Sir Puka said he had proposed the idea to NRI director Dr Thomas Webster some time ago and had seen other projects along the same lines but none that had pulled together a wide range of data with a view to ongoing national monitoring and collaboration.
The project was then coordinated by Dr Webster with his research team, and has united a diverse range of economic, health, education and governance indicators for PNG together in one publication.
“As chairman of the National Planning Committee, it is very heartening to see this idea come to fruition because not only are these sectors covered but most importantly the data is presented at the district and province level.
“In each profile for each province and district you can see a large range of indicators, including population figures and density, numbers of health centers and aid posts, enrolment levels, attendance levels, numbers of schools, and economic activities amongst other statistics,” Sir Puka said.
“This gives us a full picture of how the country is performing and where the focus of our attention as national leaders must be in order to achieve the bold mission that we have set for ourselves in the PNG Vision 2050.”
He said Vision 2050 was truly the people’s vision, because it had resulted from the dreams and aspirations of Papua New Guineans from the 89 districts around the country who participated in the largest ever nation wide consultation programme conducted by the national strategic plan task force.
Sir Puka said this initiative of the NRI revealed that it was already thinking about what important contribution it could make to help PNG achieve this vision.