PNG's PM signals move to performance-based public service contracts

1:25 pm on 4 February 2020

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has signalled a move towards a performance-based system within the public service.

Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape.

Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape. Photo: PNG PM Media Unit

James Marape revealed the move at the launch of government's Annual Operation Plans.

Mr Marape said the government would introduce contract-based agreements for public servants.

These would be the basis for evaluating performance and would include incentive-based measures.

The cash-strapped government is looking to introduce a variety of reforms, especially in a public sector that has been ailing and inefficient for decades.

Mr Marape said the government wanted to make available and allocate land as performance-based incentives to public servants who contributed largely in revenue, through personal income tax.

"Personal Income Tax is currently our leading revenue-maker instead of corporate income tax.

"We will free up land for every public servant and missionary, who have rightfully served our country," Mr Marape said.

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