New database system for district planners

by Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby

The 89 districts in PNG will soon have a database available to help planners update data for development projects.

The database is referred to as the District Information Management System (DIMS).

It will be used by provincial and district administration and planners to store vital information on opportunities and challenges faced in implementing key projects in the district. This will assist in planning, selecting and designing future projects.

Data collected now and stored in DIMS will be updated annually and made available to decision makers to decide on the types and priority of projects that are funded in the government budget.

DIMS will store a district’s profile, Services Improvement Program (SIP) funds and assessment of staff competencies in terms of skills-gaps and longer-term training. The second trial of the DIMS project was carried out in Usino-Bundi and Rai Coast districts in Madang province last week by the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) and partners.

During the trial, DIRD deputy Secretary-Implementation, Badira Vari said this program is not an audit.

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