PNG ousts foreign advisors

1:03 pm on 5 January 2016

The services of about 33 foreign advisors seconded to the Papua New Guinea government have officially been terminated.

The Post Courier reports that 15 are Australian public servants whose contracts ended on December 31st.

Personnel Management Secretary John Kali says the services of all foreign advisors seconded to the government departments have ended.

The Prime Minister Peter Mr O'Neill said last September that advisors had made local workers lazy and in some cases decisions were being made not in the interest of PNG.

Australian consultants and advisors had been attached to the Internal Revenue Commission, PNG Customs Service, Attorney-General Department, Office of the Auditor-General, Ombudsman Commission, and Treasury and Finance departments.

They had been part of a long-term "Strongim Gavman Program" which aims to improve the quality of public administration in PNG, Australia's largest aid recipient.

Mr Kali says those who want to stay will have to sign an agreement to join the PNG public service, be subject to local pay and leave their employment with the foreign government.

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O'Neill addresses the PNG Investment Summit in Brisbane.

PNG PM O'Neill Photo: PNG PM Media