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National Planning Summit to Address Disaster Management

A National Planning summit next week will also be seeking views on how to manage and plan for future disasters.

Planning Minister, Richard Maru, said the Kadovar volcano emergency and the recent earthquake in the Highlands have again exposed serious weakness in the government system.

Lae city will play host to 400 delegates next week when the National Planning Department and the Morobe Provincial Government hold a planning summit that looks at ways to grow the economy.

“This workshop is about formulating a new road map for Papua New Guinea over the next five years,” stated Minister Maru.

One of the main feature of the summit will be disaster management and planning. The recent earthquake in the Highlands has exposed the weaknesses in Papua New Guinea’s disaster management response.

Minister Maru says he wants to see better coordination going into the future.

Disaster coordination has been one of the biggest challenges in disaster management.

In the Hela and Southern Highlands, relief is slowly getting into affected areas, but it took more than a week before resources were mobilized.

The Government may have to look at the long overdue disaster fund, as well as a permanent joint command for disaster management.

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