Govt Recognizes Partners Contributing to the Nation

By: Post Courier

Department of National Planning and Monitoring secretary Hakaua Harry has told participants at the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council’s (CIMC) National Development Forum that the government recognises partners contributing to building the country.

These partners include private organisations, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, development partners, communities and families who are critical players to the cause of nation building.

“When we have a private sector that is vibrant, and civil society that is active and pays attention to what the government is doing, it will strengthen governance and help the country achieve quality leadership,” Ms Harry said. She said as part of the global community, Papua New Guinea must embrace the Global Agenda of Sustainable Development 2030.

“The agenda calls for all countries to mobilise all efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind.” She said the Department of National Planning and Monitoring is currently working the localising of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the formulation of the third Medium Term Development Plan.

The Sustainable Development Goals has 17 goals, 69 targets and 241 indicators.

“The SDG indicators are now being localised and will be integrated into our new MTDP 3 (2018-2022). Alignment of sector and provincial and district plans are critical. Sectoral agencies are to align their development plans and programs to the overarching plan so that in one pipeline we all move together to achieve what we want to achieve for our country,” Ms Harry said.

The theme of the third Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP3) is ‘Growing the Economy and Empowering People.

“This is aligned to the recognition that ending poverty must go hand in hand with strategies and plans that build economic growth and address a range of social needs, including health, education, job opportunities etc while tackling climate change and environmental protection,” she said.

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