Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 01:55 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 01:55 | SYDNEY

Aid recipients dispensing aid


Jenny Hayward-Jones


24 January 2008 11:27

The abundance of goodwill coming out of the current travels of new Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand is excellent news for people like me interested in seeing stronger diplomatic ties in the region. Reports of Sikua’s visit to PNG had an interesting element for aid watchers though, who will be well aware that PNG and Solomon Islands are the two biggest recipients of Australian aid in the region. We were reminded that PNG has an agreement with Solomon Islands under which PNG provides financial assistance for an inquiry into the April 2006 riots in Honiara, a new Solomon Islands chancery in Port Moresby and Solomon Islands students studying in PNG.  PNG is also a significant contributor to RAMSI.

Last week, PNG announced it would provide more judiciary support to Solomon Islands, including magistrates and training assistance in court registry and case management systems.  Recalling that AusAID has an AUD$150 million law and justice sector program in PNG itself, I wonder whether this is an example of PNG having spare resources in its judicial sector because of Australia’s investment, or an indication of the success of capacity building in PNG.