Transport Is Top Priority
Papua New Guinea’s transport sector has been allocated K1600.65 million which makes up 26.8 per cent of the total Capital Investment Budget. And the government is also stepping up the utilities sector.
National Planning Minister Sam Basil said in his presentation yesterday that with the Marape government’s efforts on economic zones, the road network strategy therefore is a critical element to the formulation of the 2020 Capital Investment Budget.
“The utilities sector has been appropriated K453 million which makes up 7.6 per cent of the total Capital Investment Budget,” he said.
“The government in collaboration with development partners and private sector will continue to invest in delivering national energy grids and hydro power projects and appropriate combinations of energy mixes, some as stand-a-lone power plants to power up and light up more households in rural areas and reduce costs of business establishments, scaling up urban and rural water supply and sanitation systems, and working towards a digital PNG (through information and communication).
“The government will also continue to maintain, rehabilitate and construct new national and provincial roads, wharves and jetties, airports and airstrips to provide mobility for our people; and goods and services that will directly stimulate economic growth and improve the economic and social indicators of our country.”
Mr Basil said the Vanimo to Lae, Lae to Port Moresby, Gulf to Southern Highlands and Port Moresby to Alotau missing link highways are the notable transnational highways that the government would take a particular focus on from next year onwards.
“Other missing links such as the East and West New Britain Highway, Western End Border Highway, and the Baiyer-Madang missing links have been prioritised.
When connected, this should open up huge economic potentials that will create new businesses, create employment and greater private sector investment,” he said.
“Investments in improving the utilities sector through access to effective communication and information systems, provision of clean energy and powering up more homes, and addressing improved water supply systems and sanitation, are critical to improving the quality of lives of our people.
“The government already has a national energy policy aimed at harnessing all forms of energy and energy mixes to ensure access, affordable and reliable energy – not just to power and light up homes for the people of Papua New Guinea – but to drive the industrialization of the PNG economy.”
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