PNG Far from Achieving MDG by 2015: Dion

The international community was told Papua New Guineais far from achieving its Millennium Development Goals by 2015.


Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion told Papua New Guineas and ther investors in New York inthe United States of America, thaPNG will achieve this in her own time and at her own pace.

The deputy Prime Minister was in New York attendingthe United NationsGeneral Assembly.


The deputy prime minister was accompanlied by Ministersfor Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato, Forestry Patrick Pruaitch and Community DevelopmentoLoujaya Tony.


Mr. Dion delivered Papua New Guinearsquo;s speech on behalf of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.


He told members ofthe United NationsAssembly thatthPNG government pledged its support tothe ‘Post 2015 Development Agenda’ and advocated a solid global foundation for a results-oriented partnership that is people-centered and in common pursuit of sustainable development.


His speech boasted aboutthe country’s economic status.


He saidthe O’Neill Dion government has set a transformative agenda for the country and people underthe long-terPNG Vision 2050 policy framework andthe five-year Medium Term Development Plan.


He sain PNG is determined to achievethese development plans as she continues to reinforce and work towards achievingthe Millennium Development Goals andthe Post 2015 Development Agenda.


However,the deputy prime minister admitted that like ther developing nations,the road has not been easy in terms of political, economic and social challenges that have confronted us domestically and globally.


Mr. Dion said currentlythe country’s economy has recorded unprecedented growth levels, attributing it to stable government responsible and sound monetary and fiscal policies.


However, indicated that corruption has led to ineffective delivery of services resulting in low literacy levels, high maternal and infant mortality rates, and law and order enforcement as wellthe major infrastructure developments.


He said government has prioritized free health and education and invested half of its annual budgets to improverthe current status ofthese social indicators.


He also talked aboutthe recent passing of bills in parliament andthe reasons behindthem.

Allthese he said were to establish a foundation for political stability and address allthese outstanding and on-going problems.


The Deputy Prime Ministersummarised that that Papua New Guineais far offthe 2015 deadline to achieve its Millennium Development Goals.


He promisePNG will remain focused and redouble its efforts to consolidatethe MDGs implementation for improverd outcomes for its people’s livelihoods.


The deputy prime minister while in New York was taken on a boat Cruz bythPNG Embassythere.


He wasthen treated to a post-38th independence celebration hosted by Papua New Guinea residents.

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