From PAUL OATES
Has anyone actually thought about recruiting and employing qualified Papua New Guineans for the work on offer?
e.g. Target the aid programmes to the local talent available.
Why isn't there an 'independent' recruitment programme set up under the AusAID umbrella to ensure that 'qualified' PNG people are available for each position before it is offered to a high priced overseas consultancy firm who then employs overseas staff who have very high 'on costs'?
If there are no qualified PNG available, train them up ASAP under a contract that has a set sunset clause in it and won't be fully paid for unless the prior benchmarks for achievement are met.
The whole AusAID programme has so far seemed to be run on a scatter gun approach.
Why not provide a supplement to all PNG public servants who are prepared to sign a binding agreement not to be involved in any corrupt practice and to report those they find breaking the law?
If the PNG public service were to be paid a reasonable wage they would not have to rely on corruption to feed and look after their family.
Why not concentrate on health or education and ensure these principle areas are working across the nation?
Talkfest's are expensive 'no brainers'!
The PNG government is going to increase the number of ministries (and therefore public servants), instead of making sure those they already employ are actually able to do what they are paid to do.
Clearly the AusAID funding needs to be targeted at national achievement and not local appeasement.
A monster has been created that no one as yet seems willing or able to control.