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The Forums provide opportunities for:

• Public education on important policies and plans to enhance wider public understanding
• Government to obtain feedback from the public to design or reconsider existing policies and programs,
especially to improve implementation of policies
• Getting authorities out in the open to explain their positions and the functions of the offices they manage

 

National Development Forum 2016

The 2016 National Development Forum was again held in Port Moresby and was attended by more than 400 people over three days.Participants included Department Secretaries, Government leaders, Private Sector leaders, Donors, Churches, Development Partners, Persons with Disability, a range of regional civil society organisations, the media and politicians.  Again 44 Provincial representatives (two from each province) were invited to represent their provinces at the forum while some attended at their own cost.

The Theme for the forum “Showcasing Achievements: Government fufilling Development Aspirations & Improving Service Delivery through Stretegic Partnerships”

Discussions were very dynamic with the audience engaging in a wide range of topics presented from foreign policy, governance mechanisms, local level development, transparency in the extractive sector and overall state of the economy.

Importantly the forum provided the opportunity for government, development partners and the private sector to highlight development achievements through strategic partnerships in alignment with government policies and plans. An important rationale also was to ensure the opportunity for citizens and their various representative to learn about current government policies and plans was provided.

Forum in pictures

   
   
    
   
   
   
   
   

 

Presentations from the National Development Forum

Update on the economic reality in the country
A presentation By: Mr Dairi Vele, Secretary Department Treasury

Medium and long term prospects and outlook for the PNG Economy
A presentation By: Mr Loi Bakani, Governor BPNG

The StaRS and development, embracing the paradigm shift
A presentation By: Ms Hakaua Harry, Secretary Department of National Planning & Monitoring

Initiatives achieved through partnerships and plans going forward
A presentation By: Mr Roy Mumu, Secretary Department of Transport

Initiatives achieved through partnerships and plans going forward
A presentation By: Mr Ponege Poya, CEO National Roads Authority

Initiatives achieved through partnerships and plans going forward
A presentation By: Mr John Bromley, CEO Rural Airstrips Agency

PPAP outcomes, issues and the way forward
A presentation By: Mr Potaisa Hombunaka, PPAP Coffee Project Manager Highlands

PPAP outcomes, issues and the way forward
A presentation By: Ms Geraldine Paul, PPAP Cocoa Project Bougainville

DDAs implementation outcomes, issues and partnerships going forward
A presentation By: Mr Dickson Guina a/Secretary DPLLG (presentation not available)

Extractive Sector governance through partnerships
A presentation By: Mr Lucas Alkan, Coordinator National EITI Secreteriat

The importance of Informal Economy
A presentation By: Ms Anna Soloman, Secretary Department of Community Development, Religion and Youth

Experiences on implementing the SME Policy and Masterplan

A presentation By: Mr Steven Maken, a/Managing Director SME Corporation

Partnerships to boost Trade and Economic growth
A presentation By: Mr Richard Yakam, FAS Trade Division Department of Commerce,Trade and Industry

MSG Free Trade and Private Sector Development Stretegy
A presentation By: Ambassador Amena Yauvoli  Director General MSG Secreteriat Vanuatu

Private Sector view on PPP and other initiatives
A presentation By: Mr Ernie Gangloff, Gangloff Consulting

Health Service delivery through partrnerships: Outcomes and issues including plans to address the aging workforce.
A presentation By: Mr Pascoe Kase, Secretery Department of Health

PNG Data needs for sustainable Development and Service Delivery 
A presentation By: Professor Peter Siba, Director PNGIMR

Government and Private sector initiatives to manage population growth embracing the StaRS
A presentation By: Mr Maarten Vandeerep, Country Director Marie Stopes PNG

Gender equity and Social Inclusion (GESI): Approaches taken, the outcomes and the way forward
A presentation By: Mrs Mary Albaniel, Whole of Government Acting Manager for GESI branch

Views on Initiatives and Approaches by Government to Women Empowerment and Inclusive Development through Partnerships 
A presentation By: Mr George Gigauri, IOM PNG Chief of Mission

National Employment Policy and the way forward
A presentation By: Mrs Mary Morola, Secretery Department of Labour & Industrial Relations

Framework for a National Employment Policy; Stakeholder views
A presentation By: Dr carmen Voigt-Graf, NRI

Quantity vs Quality: Outcomes of Implementing TFF Policy and the way forward
A presentation By: Ms Annimarie Kona, Acting FAS Teacher Education & Standards

Embracing the effects of the TFF Policy at Higher Education and moving forward
A presentation By: Dr Kavanamur, a/Secretery Department of Higher Education

Promoting Skills Formation through Public Investment Projects
A presentation By: Dr Richard Curtain

Developing Human Resources in Partnership
A presentation By: Mr Craig Fergusson, Senior TVET Advisor

INA Labout Market Study - Data Needs, Deficiencies  and Requirements for Capacity Building and Fostering Employment opportunities
A presentation By: Dr Luke Jones

National Human Development Report
A presentation By: Mr Stephen Liston, UNDP Economics and Program Specialist

Approaches to address women and gender related issues: Outcomes and teh way forward
A presentation By: Dr Lwrence Kalinoe, Secretary Department of Justice and Attorney General

PNG Urban Youth Employment Program in NCDC
A presentation By: NCDC Program cordinators

Youth with a Mission (YWAM) delivering Health Services in Rural Coastal PNG
A presentation By: YWAM 

 

National Development Forum 2015

The above CIMC National Development Forum in Port Moresby was attended by more than 500 people over two and half days.Those in attendance included Department Secretaries, Government leaders, Private Sector leaders, Donors, Churches, Development Partners, Persons with Disability, a range of regional civil society organisations and the media. Experienced implementing practitioners from various development sectors and interested citizens also attended.  Provincial representatives numbering to 44 (two from each province) were invited and funded to travel and represent their provinces at the forum while some provincial participants attended at their own cost.

The Theme for the forum “Implementing Sustainable Development Plans: Building From Past Experiences For A Better Future” was chosen to ensure discussions were centered around how best the Responsible Development Strategy could be embraced by targeted stakeholders based using past experiences of implementing development plans so that similar mistakes were not repeated and ther was some level of improvement and implementation outcomes. An important rationale also was to ensure the opportunity for citizens and their various representative to learn about current government policies and plans was provided.

Based on presentations around policy development and implementation, participants offered a number of practical recommendations in response highlighting that ways had to be found to overcome existing flaws with the public service structure, resource management and monitoring and accountability issues between national and sub-national guardians of the public interest and resources.

Recommendations from participants highlighted issues of stretegic and institutional governance through careful planning and resourcing key public sector organisations, management and reporting and ensuring information of outcomes are delivered to the people. The Forum supports STaR because it focuses on natural resources, land and people. In line with that recommendations were made that government should provide agriculture subsidies, provides nuclues and outgrowers scheme and proper training for farmers through extension programs.

The forum also percieved that bolstering the SME and informal sector is sustainable for the economy into the future, therefrore recomemnded that the government finalises the draft SME Policy and ensure it has a clear defination that also caters for informal enterprises and catogorise financial products to meet requirements of people trading in different SME catogories. It was also urged to consider improvement to safeguard the interest of women and young people in the largely unregulated informal sector.

Recommendations were also made for provincial and district reforms and for maintenence and reopening of all rural roads, airstrips, jetties and revival of the DoW and PSTB to monitor and maintain all transport infrastructure. Gender and social inclusion recommendations were also made with particular attention for government to consider Gender Policies and provide fundign support for women programs across the country (eg. repatriation, counselling). Government was also called on to consider and giive prominance to the Gender Based Violence Policy.

In summary, it was noted that mechanisms like CIMC should be supported and improved as they bring government and citizens together for the national interest. Good technical specialists and advice should be utilised more effectively to inform planning and implementation.

 See Outcome Report

National Development Forum in pictures

Presentations from the National Development Forum

The National Land and Housing Program
A presentation By: Mr Max Kep ML, Executive Director, Office of Urbanisation

Achieving the Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy (RSDS) in Madang Province
A presentation By: Mr Daniel Aloi, Acting Provincial Administrator Madang Province

Recommendations from the Highlands Region
A presentation By: Mr Jimmy Drekore, President/Founder of the Chimbu Children’s Foundation

Recommendations from the New Guinea Islands Region
A presentation By: Mrs Alice Pawa, President-East New Britain Council of Women

PNG Human Development Report, 2014
A presentation By: Ms Debbie Maraki from the UNDP PNG Office 

Recommendations from the Southern Region
A presentation By: Mr Carson Taylor Evari, Literacy Coordinator: Anglicare Adult Literacy Program-Oro province

Overview on Current State of the Economy and Plans for Effective Economic Management over the Medium Term
A presentation By: Mr Dairi Vele, Secretary Department of Treasury

Update on Current Monetary Conditions and Future Prospects
A presentation By: Mr Loi Bakani, Governor Bank of Papua New Guinea

Private Sector Perspective on the state of the Economy and Future Options
A presentation By: Mr Douveri Henao, Executive Director PNG Business Council

Lessons learned: Strategies for Effective Planning for Medium and Long Term
A presentation By: Ms Hakaua Harry- Secretary Department of National Planning & Monitoring

Technical Working Team Report-District Development Authority, Findings from Provincial Awareness and Consultations
A presentation By: A representative from the Department of Provincial and LLG Affairs

Reviving Agriculture for Sustainable Development
A presentation By: Mr Graham King, General Manager, Hargy Oil Palm

Financing SME Growth
A presentation By: Mr Moses Liu, Managing Director, National Development Bank

Open budget initiative, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Open Government Partnership
A presentation By: Mr Paul Barker, Director Institute of National Affairs

SMEs
A presentation By: Mr Richard Yakam, Acting Deputy Secretary -Policy, Department of Commerce Trade and Industry

Accessibility for All - Including People with Disabilities (Special Needs)
A presentation By: Mr Ross Tito

Implementing Sustainable Development Plans-the Transport Sector Perspective
A presentation By: Mr Roy Mumu, OBE, Secretary Department of Transport

Empowering Women for Inclusive and Equal Participation in Development
A presentation By: Ms Ume Wainetti, National Program Coordinator CIMC Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee

For those who attended or did not attend the National Development Forum and/but are interested in presentations that have not been uploaded due to uploading capacity issues please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the presentations will be sent to you.

Presentations not uploaded include:

Empowering Women for Inclusive & Equal Participation in Development
Issues & Challenges
A presentation By:  Dr Jeffery Buchanan, Country Representative, UNWOMEN and Ms Beatrice Tabeu, National Programme Specialist UN WOMEN, PNG

Content, Implementation and Challenges of the National Informal Economy Policy (2011-2015)
Future Options for Growing the SME Sector
A presentation By: Mr Busa Jeremiah Wenogo, Senior Project Officer-CIMC

Budget and Service Charters for Effective Service Delivery
A presentation By: Mr John Toguata, Anti-Corruption Advisor-PALJP

A Budget Tracking Initiative
A presentation By: Mrs Elizabeth Avaisa, Senior Project Officer-CIMC

 

The 2015 National Development Forum Report is in compilation and will be made available here shortly



 

National Development Forum 2014

The 2014 CIMC National Development Forum in Port Moresby was attended by more than 500 people over 2 days. Most of the sessions were full to capacity. Those in attendance included Ministers, Governors, Department Secretaries and other Government leaders as well as leaders from Private Sector, Donors, Churches, and Persons with Disability, a range of PNG and regional Civil Society Organisations including the Media. Experienced implementing practitioners from various development sectors and interested citizens also attended and presented during the forum.  A total of 44 participants (two from each province) were funded and invited to represent all provinces and partake in the forum while some provincial participants attended at their own expense. It was recorded that this was the highest number of participants across all National Development Forums convened.

The 2014 NDF Theme “Successful Implementation of Development Plans and Achieving the Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy.” Was based on the notion of examining progress and constraints from past development plans learning from these experiences to inform improved implementation of current plans and the progress of new development strategies to enhance implementation outcomes. An equally important rationale was to ensure that there was an opportunity for citizens and their various representative groups to learn about current government policies and plans and provide feedback.

Whilst forum participants acknowledged the intentions and values defined in the government launched ‘Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy’, the forum offered a number of practical words in response. There has been a long history of development plans by successive governments and any new strategy will have to find ways to overcome existing flaws with the structure of the public service and the resource management, monitoring and accountability issues between national and sub-national guardians of the public interest and resources.

On that token the forum advised government that any new strategy will need to consider the rural majority, many of whom remain outside the ambit of reliable service delivery and live in a state of poverty.

The forum also displayed concern that free education and health policies whilst seemingly attractive and promote equality and access, quality outcomes and standards are declining. Capacity to implement free initiatives is constrained by technical capability, poor policies in need of review, and poor governance and management arrangements.  At the heart of some of these issues is the need to set better guidelines, implement better HR planning and management processes to ensure these standards can be set and maintained
As a matter of urgency the government must place focus back on quality if the objectives of Vision 2050 for a prosperous, healthy and wise population are to be realised. The forum also highlighted the advocacy messages brought forward by Persons with Disability and that is to ensure all public infrastructure policy and implementation works are updated to cater for their accessibility needs.


In summary, the government was reminded “it cannot do everything” and must consider comparative advantages and partnerships in its strategic planning and the forum suggests that such strategies could include: Government should avoid maintaining and running businesses, citizens can do much of the monitoring and accountability follow up on the ground if government trains and supports them for this. Some churches and CSOs have good service delivery records and can be engaged for such functions. Mechanisms like CIMC should be supported and improved as they bring government and citizens together for the national interest. Good technical specialists and advice should be utilised more effectively to inform planning and implementation.

In concluding the forum sentiments, it is worth noting that:
•    The CIMC mechanism remains a widely supported, legitimate and nationally recognised dialogue process for citizen engagement with government on national development, and want to see some detailed action on the CIMC’s past forum recommendations;
•    Citizens want to look forward positively to new strategies and opportunities but do not want existing governance, corruption and performance problems to be overlooked but rather dealt with definitively;
•    The forum envisions that agriculture and rural development matters must not be overshadowed by our promising extractives based sector and want to see some detailed action on current and past forum recommendations.
•    Strategies that promote quality performance and social accountability are supported by the forum and should feature in our development monitoring plans – the government does not need to do everything, citizens and their representative organisations want to participate in development planning, implementation and monitoring.

The 2014 National Development Forum Report has been divided into parts one and two for ease of upload. Both parts put together make the complete report.

Recommendations Stocktake for 2007-2013

2013 National Development Forum Report to be made available

2012 Alotau National Development Forum Recommendations

 

 

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