January 2, 2018

PNG to be the ‘farm’ for Asia

Papua New Guinea Opposition says for the country to move forward, PNG can be the “farm” for the rapidly expanding Asian region.

“This is our vision for 2018 and beyond,” shadow minister for Treasury and Finance, Ian Ling-Stuckey said yesterday.

He said this when wishing the people of PNG a better 2018 which he said should be filled with cheaper prices, more jobs, higher incomes, more export opportunities and much better access to government services.

He said as the alternate government the opposition can deliver the commitments including much more workable SME initiatives and inclusive policies for growth and APEC.

“Unfortunately, most families are facing major increases in the cost of living in 2018.

“The National Government, through the manufacturing council and other besties, have organised massive increases in the cost of living. The 2018 budget included major tariff increases for hundreds and hundreds of every-day products. PNG families and businesses will feel the pain of these price increases,” he said.

He said PNG had previously gone down this deceptive path making families and businesses pay higher prices now being repeated under the 2018 budget.

“The alternative government understands where PNG is really so rich –its people’s diversity and richness, its extraordinary beauty and environment, the fertility of its soils,” he said.

“We can be the farm for the rapidly expanding Asian region – this is our vision for 2018 and beyond.

“We need international competition to expand our markets and improve our farming family’s futures, not major increases in prices for imported products which just helps government besties. Our businesses need to grow with their vision on the market shelves of the Indo-Pacific region – there are more buyers in the markets of small areas of democratic India than in all of PNG.

Our future markets should be aligned with this hope of cheaper costs of living and higher incomes for the people of PNG.

“Let us look to a future, a future of inclusive growth, a democratic future in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Let us avoid protectionist policies which hurt families and undermine the trade liberalisation principles of APEC

“The Alternative Government appreciates the dedication and efforts of those hard working and honest ministers in the current Cabinet and wishes the Prime Minister and his Deputy and Treasurer, every success in the implementation of the 2018 Budget because the people of PNG deserve a far more effective Government.” Press Release