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First day in office very busy: O’Neill
7:01 pm GMT+12, 07/08/2017, Papua New Guinea

The People’s National Congress (PNC) coalition Government’s first day in office was very busy, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told reporters at the Government House last Wednesday.
 
O’Neill said this when he announced his seven-member caretaker cabinet, who were sworn into office by the Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae.
 
“Our first day was very busy. You can see I am a bit tired, but that’s what we have been elected to do, work for the country,” O’Neill said.
 
“And we got ministers here with many years of experience as members of parliament and leaders, cabinet ministers, public servants, leaders in business, leaders in professions, those who have national experience and support, senior Statesman like Sir Julius Chan, Paias Wingti, Governor Chris Haiveta, Michael Nali, Minister John Pundari.
 
“We’ve got four former deputy prime ministers in our team, and you can see that there is a wealth of leaders who will provide a very stable and confident government in the next few years,” he said.
 
The team has already started looking at the Alotau Accord II, with the theme ‘Strongim wok na sindaun bilong ol pipol’ (strengthen the work and wellbeing of the people).
 
“As a coalition of like-minded parties and independent members, we thank our people for electing us and giving us the mandate to be their representatives to the national parliament.
 
“We take our cue from our national goals and directive principles stipulated in the Constitution. And we believe in integral human development, equality and participation, national sovereignty and self-reliance, natural resources and environment and the Papua New Guinean ways, which are key to our prosperity.
 
“These directive principles are reflected in the PNG Vision 2050 and the national strategy for responsible and sustainable development. To ensure we develop and progress as a people and a country, our plans are spelled out in the current Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2016-17, which will be updated for 2018-2022,” as stated in the Alotau Accord II.
 
“Our goal is that the O’Neill-led Government from 2017-2022 will be remembered for its commitment to providing abundant opportunities for its citizens’ development as individuals, and collectively, as a nation.
 
“Our objective is for the government to pursue integral human development through policies conducive to infrastructure building, prosperity, business and job creation, as well as a commitment to universal quality healthcare and education.
 
“As coalition partners, we therefore stand together in unity of one purpose and one hope to truly serve the people of Papua New Guinea.”....

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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