Abel at CIMC Forum

A State Ministersay proper procurement and translation of government planning has broken down overthe years, resulting in inefficient service delivery.

Minister for National Planning Charles Abel made that point duringthe Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) Forum held in East New Beitain Province.

Minister Abel saidthe process had stagnated andthere has been no political will to drive it forward.

Kokopo District hostedthe two days CIMC New GuineaIslands Regional Forum which began on Thursday.

Attending were departmental representatives,the business sector, NGO’s, and former politicians.

Minister Abel was inthe province to officially openthe forum, alongside ENBeGovernor Eremas ToBeining Junior.

The CIMC Regional Forums aim to get collaborative and practical approaches and advice on some ofthe country’s development problems.

Openingthe forum, Minister Abel said he was keen on ensuringthe whole government planning process was functioning well.

This follows a 4 year absence ofthe CIMC and a breakdown in government planning.

Duringthe forum many issues were highlighted which included strenthening District and Local Level Government Systems, public accountability processes, and effective community participation.

Two more forums will be held for the Momase and Papuan Regions and a National Forum later inthe year.

Cedric Patjole, National EMTV News

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