by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
The rate of employment opportunities in the government sector has remained almost the same in the last decade.
Despite hundreds of school leavers graduating annually, many do not find employment in the government sector.
This was highlighted by NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, when addressing technical and vocational students in Port Moresby this morning.
The high unemployment rate in Papua New Guinea has become a growing concern in recent years.
Each year, more people migrate to rural areas in search of a job, but many end up placing a financial constraint on the families they migrate to live with.
This concern remains one of government’s main challenges, particularly in the provincial capitals.
Despite numerous programs created to address the unemployment statistics, the reality is not many Papua New Guineans venture into established businesses that can create job employment for fellow citizens.
But while there are limited job offers in the public sector, Governor Parkop said job opportunities lie in the private sector.
He said because the government only provides limited job opportunities, people should take up the challenge to create jobs in the private sector.
Parkop said there is a need for Papua New Guineans to professionally organise their businesses to meet the country’s average population growth of 3%.
Currently, most Papua New Guineans are employed by foreign-owned businesses.
Parkop wants to see more nationally-owned businesses established, so long term sustainable income benefits are created for nationals.