In this episode:
Papua New Guinea continues to be hindered by intermittent power cuts and unreliable power supply. It seems PNG Power’s aging infrastructure simply cannot keep up with the ever-growing economy, and the demand for electricity in the country.
With the boom in business activity in PNG, as well as the Government's aim to growing the economy further, having a constant and reliable power supply is key.
However, the reality is businesses continue to suffer because of the unreliable power supply. Today, having backup generators is a must and cost of fuel is an expense most businesses have to bear.
This episode covers the issues surrounding PNG’s electricity industry and some suggestions on the way forward. Representatives from the Government and Private sectors speak on the issues, all with the aim of ensuring that electricity efficiency is of high standard in PNG.
The episode also recaps the 2014 Budget handed down on November 19 last year, the K15 billion Budget, which is the biggest Budget ever for PNG.
Despite the fact that the 2014 Budget looks promising for service delivery, there are questions of whether it will be fully implemented, given the experiences of the Government not fully implementing the 2013 Budget, in the face of another deficit Budget. However, the Budget is expected to return to surplus from 2018, with multi-year Budgeting being introduced by the Government last year.
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