Monday 10 July 2023

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape is flanked by participating children, at the launch of the MTDP IV  at APEC Haus, Port Moresby on Friday, 7 July 2023. The Government is leaving no children behind in its planning for their future.

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape  issued a directive on Sunday, 9 July 2023, mandating all Government departments and agencies to align their corporate plans and programs, with the Medium-Term Development Plan (MTDP) IV (2023-2027), which was launched on Friday, 7 July 2023, at APEC Haus, Port Moresby.

Under the directive, Prime Minister Marape stressed the importance of immediate action and the need for all departments and agencies to deliver tangible benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea, so that the targets of MTDP IV are achieved.

Prime Minister has instructed Chief Secretary Ivan Pomaleu to ensure that all Government departments and agencies operate under a unified plan for the next four years, and to ensure that their corporate plans are aligned with MTDP IV.

Prime Minister Marape’s Pangu Pati participated in the 2022 elections with a primary focus on five key areas: fostering economic growth for achieving economic independence, developing vital infrastructure like Connect PNG, enhancing education, improving healthcare, and enhancing law enforcement.

“All of these priorities align with Vision 2050 and are further consolidated in MTDP IV.

“If they are currently midway through their corporate plans, they must realign them with MTDP IV. For those nearing the end of their corporate plans, new ones must be drawn up in alignment with MTDP IV and the Government’s objectives.”

Prime Minister Marape emphasized that the Government’s objectives are not new and are aligned with Vision 2050, which was introduced by the late Sir Michael Somare in October 2009.

Papua New Guinea’s long-term goal, as outlined in Vision 2050, is to become a middle-income nation by 2050.

“Between now and 2050, our focus will be on economic growth, enhancing public service efficiency, meeting targets, job creation, developing essential infrastructure, and addressing law-and-order challenges.

“To achieve these objectives, I urge all Government departments and agencies to familiarize themselves with the plan.”

Chief Secretary Pomaleu will soon be convening   a meeting with all heads of departments and agencies to ensure that deliverables are aligned with the targets of MTDP IV.

Prime Minister Marape also announced that as of next year, 2024 until 2027, all Budget submissions will be required to align with the targets set forth in MTDP IV.

“This measure is implemented to ensure that every stakeholder is aligned with MTDP IV, thereby maximising our chances of achieving the desired outcomes,” he added.

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