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PNG aid priorities


Jenny Hayward-Jones


24 April 2008 15:08

Further to my earlier post on the recent Australia-PNG talks, while Australia was celebrating the Kokoda deal, PNG Foreign Minister Sam Abal was more interested in highlighting his government’s interest in seeing improvements to the way Australian aid is spent in PNG. The PNG Government wants to see more development assistance directed to 'big impact programs' — vital infrastructure like ports, roads and bridges – and a model to deliver aid more effectively, with less bureaucracy. But the Rudd Government has not yet indicated it wants to move away from Australia’s traditional preference for supporting good governance reform, improving budget management and strengthening capacity, institutions and government accountability in PNG – a model that requires the kind of bureaucracy that PNG claims makes aid less effective. Negotiating the first Partnership for Development with PNG may pose some difficult challenges for this 'first class relationship.'