By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The national government during 2015 spent close to K50 million on overseas trips taken by public servants.
Chief Secretary to the national government, Isaac Lupari, told the Public Service Executive Leaders Forum in Port Moresby today that the national government will need to put a stop to unnecessary trips overseas.
“Last year alone, close to K50 million was spent. Under my watch, I will make sure to approve people that will go. I need to understand the meeting that is being attended and how Papua New Guinea will benefit,” he said.
Lupari added that this decision is a part of the cross cutting issue in the public service machinery.
All overseas trips taken by public servants will first need to receive approval from his office.
“We will regulate all overseas trips, because most trips was a waste of public funds, that could be used for other service delivery,” Lupari said.
Meanwhile, Personnel Management Secretary, John Kali, said the national government’s new direction will be fully implemented.
“The Chief Secretary is implementing the national government’s decision and I am supportive of this,” Kali said.