Public Service Machinery Capacity To Be Strengthened


By Fabian Hakalits – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea’s restructured reform on foreign technical advisers will see more Australians working in the public service machinery to strengthen capacity.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, says Papua New Guinea and Australia have worked together to deliver many reforms. 

Speaking at the National Press Club of Australia recently, O’Neill highlighted the improvemen’s in the bilateral relationship between both countries, to evolve the way in which development support is provided.

O’Neill said that both governmen’s have worked together to deliver reforms thanks in part to foreign technical advisers being engaged.

The Prime Minister said reforms would provide more effective engagement and be more cost effective by removing some middlemen in the aid consultancy industry.

“Recently, we have restructured the way Australians work in providing technical advice and building technical capacity in our public service.

“We want the Australians to be a part of our public service machinery, not merely consultants in the system,” the PM said.

With the reform, O’Neill said that more opportunities are now available for Australians who would want to come and work in Papua New Guinea.

“We believe strongly that building capacity and directly being involved in the public service machinery in Papua New Guinea is the way forward for Australia’s contribution in building Papua New Guinea for our citizens.”

Meanwhile, O’Neill said with the recent appointment of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner, Alan Scott, as third Deputy Commissioner for the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is part of this reform.

“Our cabinet recently appointed an experienced Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner, Alan Scott, to be our third Deputy Commissioner for police in Papua New Guinea.

“These are the sort of the opportunities that are available for Australians who would want to work and live in Papua New Guinea,” he said.

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