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Resource Rich Provinces to Spend Adequately

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Resource rich provinces in Papua New Guinea have been urged to spend adequately on goods and service delivery.

This is a from a government agency, National Economic and Fiscal Commission, that monitors the use of function grants.

The analysis indicates resources rich provinces have been outperformed by lower funded provinces, in priority areas of education, health and transport infrastructure.

The latest 2012 Provincial Expenditure Review: ‘Government, Money Arteries and Services’, still pinpoints several resource-rich provinces as failures in basic services delivery.

These provinces are Enga, New Ireland, Morobe, Southern Highlands, Western and West New Britain.

Commission Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Hohora Suve, speaking in the Highlands regional workshop in Goroka, Eastern Highlands said only two of these provinces, New Ireland and Morobe are using their internal revenue for development expenditure.

The Provincial Expenditure Review captures the spending trends of each province in the key service delivery sector.  

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