4 Jul 2013

PNG's resource-rich provinces rank poorly in basic service delivery

3:11 pm on 4 July 2013

The latest Provincial Expenditure Review in Papua New Guinea has pinpointed several resource-rich provinces as failures in the delivery of basic services.

The National Economic and Fiscal Commission's review names the provinces as Western, New Ireland, Morobe, West New Britain, Southern Highlands and Enga.

The Commission Chairman, Hohora Suve, has told EMTV that these provinces have been outperformed by lower funded provinces in priority areas including health, education and transport infrastructure.

"Although they are putting their money into goods and services, they are not putting it to the level that we want. When we are doing our assessment, we allow for them to use their funds for development but we expect them to use their funds for goods and services as well."

Hohora Suve

The review ranks Simbu as the best-performing province in basic service delivery over the last two years.

Central, Manus, Sandaun, and Milne Bay provinces also ranked highly.