BY ZEBEDEE GIAME
Papua New Guinea is working towards integrating the efforts of developmental partners into the planning spectrum, says Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Richard Maru.
He said the national government is committed to strengthening existing development partnerships that are in line with the government’s plans and development strategies.
“We are stepping to a more coordinated and strategic partnership with development partners,” Mr Maru said.
He said growing the economy is the government’s focus in the medium term, thus all elements of development needed to be steered towards the venture.
Mr Maru said as part of planning towards this government focus, maintenance of roads is critical to achieving the economic growth agenda of the government.
Works Minister Michael Nali said the major focus of the government is implementing a well structured maintenance program to ensure the current 4000 km of national roads are in good condition and do not deteriorate quickly.
He said the maintenance backlog over the years requires K3b to clear out and also build new highways and missing road links.
Works is working to upgrade another 1000 km of national roads.