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June 14, 2021
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Central Province scale up for next 5 years with World Bank

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Four Local Level Governments (LLG’s) in Central Province will resume work under a project called Rural Service Delivery project (RSDP), which is a 5-year project being implemented by the Government of PNG, jointly financed by World Bank and Australia Government.

The LLG’s are Rigo Central in Rigo district, Aroma Coast in Abau, Mekeo LLG in Kairuku and Koiari in Hiri district, will resume work as soon as LLG elections for ward councillors are completed in June this year.

Finance Officer with Project Management Unit, Tobana Dalele said, after the closing of the two weeks training of Community Development Workers and Technical Facilitators workshop at March Girls Resort last Friday, that during the pilot phase of the projects in Central Province from 2013-2017, 80 percent was achieved in terms of projects implementation.

He said due to a high rate of accomplishment, more was achieved under the World Bank , and it was a very good indicator by completing 74 projects in Central province but some projects were incomplete but it would have been 90 or more if all were completed.

Dalele said in the last 5-years, during the pilot project phase, a total funding of K4.2 million was used to implement the 74 projects but starting this year, with the scaled-up version, a total of K97.2 million  has been earmarked for the project in the next five years.

He told the community development workers and technical facilitators as government workers, you are the face of the government and also face of the project, work closely with LLG staff and go out together to the wards/communities.

“You report directly to the LLG Manager and the Central Province Project officer Sinau Furi at the provincial headquarters in Konedobu”, Dalele said. “Ensure you work on your work plans and prepare budget, straight after the Local Level Government Elections we will kick start our work in the respective LLGs.”

He said Goilala District was in the pilot phase but will be part of the second phase of the project.

Rural Service Delivery Project aims to improve communities’ access to basic infrastructure and services in targeted rural areas using inclusive, participatory planning and implementation. This will be achieved through a community-driven development (CDD) approach, emphasizing the principles of transparency, accountability and sustainability.

The closing of the two weeks workshop was officially closed last Friday by representatives from DPLGA, Central Provincial Administrations and the Project Management Unit.


Source: Media Release – Central Provincial Government Media

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