PM O’Neill: Government to Increase Engagement with World Bank
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has thanked the World Bank for its ongoing and expanding engagement with the nation, that he said is bringing about more development and greater transparency for Papua New Guinea.
During a meeting with the World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Region, Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, in Port Moresby, this week, PM O’Neill thanked the World Bank for its ongoing support that has being benefitting the people of Papua New Guinea.
“We cannot tackle the development challenges of our nation by going it alone, and the World Bank is a very constructive partner for Papua New Guinea,” the Prime Minister said.
“Papua New Guinea has seen a lot of changes over the past five years, and we thank the World Bank for partnering with us for so many projects.
“These include addressing the TB in Papua New Guinea, expanding electricity supply for our rural communities, increasing agricultural benefits, youth empowerment and improving the tourism sector.
“We are seeing the success in various development programs such as the Urban Youth Employment Program and projects in the agricultural sector benefitting many locals throughout the country.
“These are all fundamental sectors of our growing economy and we are taking development to the next level.”
The Prime Minister said advances in opening access to education and expanding universal healthcare are delivering great improvements for the nation and a stronger base for ongoing development.
“When we have a better educated and a healthier national community, we can continue to step-up the level of partnership and engagement with organisations such as the World Bank.
“Together we can develop programs that are more sophisticated and help women to play a greater role in the economy, and to empower small business owners and micro enterprises to advance their businesses.
“Papua New Guinea looks forward to further increasing engagement with the World Bank, particularly in outstanding projects yet to be fully implemented, in which the World Bank has allocated funding.”