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April 16, 2021
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Their work complements the government’s Vision 2050, but often they feel they have been seen as the opposition, and not partners in development.

These concerns were raised by representatives of various NGO groups who met to discuss an upcoming Exhibition and Seminar to showcase the work of an NGO.

With the theme 'Supporting Responsible Sustainable Green Development', the exhibit is in line with the government’s recently launched Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy.

 

The panel included executive officers from TIPNG, World Vision, PNG Eco Forestry Forum, CIMC, CELCOR, Natures Conservancy, and Partners with Melanesia, Red Cross Society, and World Wide Fund for Nature.  

    

The panel at the News Conference highlighted the significant roles the NGO’s play to complement the government’s vision in sustainable development in the country.

 

Chairman of Transparency International, Lawrence Stephens was concerned that NGO’s were portrayed as the Opposition; thus, the exhibit would showcase their work.

 

Mr Stephens said the exhibit would greatly help to educate the public about the work of an NGO.

 

The work of these NGO groups has contributed to the country’s development. However, funding is a major problem as most depend on donations and funding from abroad.  

 

Wallis Yakam from Consultative and Implementation Monitoring Committee or CIMC said the exhibit is a positive move to expose the work of Non – Government Organisations.

Similar sentiments were shared by the Country Director for Natures Conservancy Francis Horahora. Organised by the PNG Eco Forestry Forum with NGO partners, the upcoming exhibit will be staged at UPNG Forum Square on August 22.   

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