The O’Neill government has delivered, says Lupari
The Chief Secretary to Government Ambassador Isaac Lupari told Departmental Heads at the second Departmental heads meeting in Keapara village, Central province that the O’Neill Government has delivered on its promises in the last four and a half years.
The Chief Secretary said this country is seeing unprecedented level of development and changes everywhere from the cities, towns, districts and villages.
“This is “unparalleled” in the political history of our country,” the Chief Secretary said.
“Our people can see the presence and visibility of government and government services for the first time in many years and their hopes have been restored.
“We are able to achieve these progresses because of a strong and decisive Government under the leadership of our Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
“We are able to work hard and work together with the Prime Minister, Ministers and Members of Parliament.”
The Chief Secretary said this leadership and teamwork has helped public servants to effectively and sensibly design policies, mobilize funding and implement these policies in education, infrastructure, health, law and order and empowerment of the people.
The Chief Secretary said it has not been an easy journey.
“I can tell you quite honestly that the country was faced with a huge decline in revenue by 35 percent.
“We do not need any so called economic genius or guru to tell us why such decline, as we are learned people and well educated to understand this.
“Our economy is dependent on international trade for foreign currencies and revenue generation, so when prices of export commodities dropped in 2012, our ability to earn revenue declined sharply.
The Chief Secretary said the last four and a half years has been difficult and the country has not come out of this economic drought yet.
He said despite this decline, the O’Neill Government has been able deliver on its promises.
“The reason is simple, the Government under the leadership of our Prime Minister has been making quality use of what we have and borrowing wisely to invest in productive sectors that matter to the lives of our people,” the Chief Secretary said.
“PNG is only one of few countries in the world that achieved economic growth averaging around two percent.
“This is an enviable achievement by this Government despite the difficult economic conditions.
The Chief Secretary said it looks easier than it is done and the people should be proud of the government, the Ministers and themselves for what has been achieved in four and half years rather than being critical.
“But we are not there yet.
The Chief Secretary said the journey has just started and there is more to be done.
“Heads of department, statutory agencies, SOE’s and constitutional offices must continue to work hard, work together as a team, remain vigilant, be creative, must be smarter and not be afraid to take the risks.
“Above all we must be courageous to make those hard decisions,” the Chief Secretary said.
“Our people and the next generation, our children depend on us. Let us join hands and work with our leaders, to move this country forward.”