Alotau Accord II

Preamble

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 representative to the National Parliament. We take our cue from our National Goals and Directive principles stipulated in the Constitution.

We believe Integral Human Development, Equality and Participation, National Sovereignty and self-Reliance, Natural Resource and environment and Papua New Guinean ways are keys to our prosperity.

These directive principles are reflected in the PNG Vision 2050 and the National Strategy for Responsible 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 (MTDP) plan 2016-17, which will be updated for 2018-2022.

We therefore declare:

Our Goal

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

Our objective is for 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 health care and education

To achieve this, we will as a government create an environment in Papua New Guinea where:

  • Every citizen has access to quality healthcare and education
  • There is strong confidence provided to the business community and a dialogue to 
strengthen our partnership.
  • Jobs are created and there is an expansion in skills-based training
  • Stable law and order exists
  • Fiscal policies are pursued that are deliberate, transparent and responsive to the 
needs of the community.
  • Capacity is built through strengthening leadership and discipline in all of our 
disciplined services.
  • Key infrastructure is a focus such as hospitals, roads, airports and sea ports.
  • Decentralisation occurs and power is devolved from Waigani to the people of our 
districts and provinces.
  • Communities are transformed away from unplanned to planned housing 
developments

Pledge
As coalition partners we therefore stand together in unity of one purpose and one hope 
to truly serve the people of Papua New Guinea.

We note the significant challenges of rapid population growth and the impact it will have on our economy and existing social services over the next 5 years.

We undertake and commit ourselves to revitalizing our economy focusing on generating more revenue at the same time managing our debt levels, slashing unnecessary public expenditure and delivering key projects and services to our people.

We undertake to deliver the following priorities over the course of the next five (5) years:

  • Economic Growth – Revenue Generation, Debt management and expenditure review; economic participation and empowerment, ownership rights and equitable benefit sharing, and business focus
  • Infrastructure – Continue to develop and maintain key productive infrastructure assets including opening up missing road links and bridges, increasing communication access for rural areas, utilities upgrade (Water and Electricity), housing, air and sea ports;
  • Law & Order – create safer and secure communities, increase police numbers and discipline, strengthen all levels of courts including villages courts and official, complete rural lock ups and minimize prison breaks.
  • Education – Continue the Free Education Policy but focus more on increasing quality of teacher training, children learning and infrastructure development including classrooms.
  • Health – continue the free basic health care and subsidized specialized health care policy and improve health indicators.

In support of these priority areas, we also undertake to deliver key reforms to strengthen our systems and processes of service delivery and accountability.

These include more autonomy for provinces and districts, electoral reforms, good governance, telecommunication, climate change and gender equality and women empowerment.

No. Sector Priority Deliverable Agency responsible
01 Population Adopt and implement the National Population Policy Department of National Planning & Monitoring
Economic Growth
02 Diversification of the economy with special focus on the non-mineral sector (Agriculture, Tourism, forestry, fisheries, manufacturing, etc. All Economic Sector agencies
03 Revenue generation Policy development and Legislative amendment to facilitate revenue generation Department of Treasury (DoT)
04 Development of a comprehensive revenue generation plan (revenue-led growth). DoT
05 Downstream processing Downstream processing of minerals and other raw materials in a transparent manner. All economic sector agencies
06 Establish a gold bullion bank to address exchange rate challenges. DoT
07 Economic governance Review the financial services sector with the view to making sure that Monetary Policy management is more accountable and responsive to the needs of the community. DoT
08 Establish the Petroleum Authority and enhance coordination at the provincial level DPE
09 Ownership rights Review ownership rights over resources and allow more control to be vested with the people; conduct a comprehensive review of all legislation/constitution to effect speedy transfer of ownership rights to the people. DPE
10 Complete clan vetting and landowner identification exercises for all resource projects including LNG gas and mining projects DPE
11 Benefit Sharing National Fisheries Authority (NFA) to establish benefit sharing arrangement for coastal fisheries provinces NFA
12 Focus on LNG project security by reviewing the LNG UBSA and LLBSA agreements; payment of outstanding royalties and MOU projects (IDG) and make relevant amendments to the oil & gas Act to allow local MPs trustee roles on the board of MRDC subsidiary companies. DPE and DoT
13 Develop policy and legislate benefit sharing arrangement for mining projects 60% (State), 30% (Provinces) and 10% (Landowners) Department of Mining and DoT
14 SOEs Review performance of all state owned enterprise (SOEs) DoT and KCH
15 Agriculture Revive coffee, cocoa and tea plantations and development appropriate mechanism to maintain and manage these plantations Department of Agriculture & Livestock (DAL)
16 Increasing access to funding support for small farmers DAL and National Development Bank
17 Fisheries Continue downstream processing of fisheries and coordinate completion to production all cannery projects. NFA
18 Forestry Legislate sustainable forestry development, increase participation by landowners, increase downstream processing operations and allow for state marketing functions to be applied within the Forestry Act. PNG National Forest Authority
19 Tourism Promote and establish associated infrastructure for Tourism Hubs of Kokopo-Rabaul, New Ireland, Alotau, Mt. Hagen, Madang, Wewak, Goroka and other attractions across the Papua New Guinea, Tourism Promotions Authority (TPA)
20 Promote and capture niche tourism potential across the country. TPA
21 Develop and sustain Tourism Products through targeted marketing strategies at the domestic, regional and global levels. TPA
22 Land Mobilisation identify and acquire land for public purposes and private investment, Department of Lands & Physical Planning (DLPP)
23 continue to digitize all land assets and ensure accuracy of titles and lease status. DLPP
24 continue and complete policy on managing land acquisition. DLPP
25 Collection of outstanding land rental DLPP
26 Promote voluntary registration of customary land DLPP
27 Business Employment Widen the scope for manufacturing industries and create employment opportunities DoT
28 Make available K100m funding for SME through National Development Bank DoT and Department of commerce & Industry (DCI)
29 Enact appropriate legislation to regulatory foreign investment DoT and DCI
30 Informal Sector Undertake a comprehensive study of the informal sector with a view to supporting small-scale informal activities such as trading in bettlenut and others DNPM
31 Efficient planning and management of the economy Improve and strengthen the role of National Statistic Office DNPM
32 Establish a National Data Collection Centre for planning and policy development DNPM
33 Taxation Integration of IRC tax collection system with PNG Customs Services and IPA systems DoT
34 Review the inter-government financing arrangements DoT and DPLGA
35 Consider lowering personal income tax once revenue levels increase DoT
36 Foreign Policy Adopt the new National Foreign Policy Department of Foreign Affair (DFA)
37 Seek appropriate donor support to partner infrastructure development DFA
Infrastructure
38 Rehabilitate the entire highlands highway Department of Works and Implementation
39 Maintenance of all public infrastructure including national buildings, utilities (electricity, water, communication), institutional properties, roads, sea and airport infrastructures DoW
40 Expedite the on-going road projects including the reconstruction of Lae- Nadzab phase II Section of the Highlands Highway. DoW
41 Continue implementing the long-term performance maintenance contracts. DoW
42 Complete relocation of Port Moresby Wharf to Motukea. KCH
43 Develop Wewak international wharf
44 Complete all the on-going projects such as the reconstruction of Nadzab International Airport. National Airport Corporation (NAC)
45 Review the draft policy and bill on Infrastructure Development Authority (IDA) DoW
46 Complete all missing roads links including a. Gulf-Southern Highlands Highway b. East/West New Britain Highway c. Madang/Baiyer Road d. Middle Ramu road e. Kuinga/Telefomin f. Ungai/Chuave Road g. Ramu/Bena road h. Mendi/Tambul road i. East/West Sepik highway j. Madang/East Sepik highway k. Dona/Kerowagi Road DoW
47 Complete the hydro electricity supply projects for Hela Province, Popondetta, Buka and the Ramu Grid Phase II. KCH
48 Continue and complete the rural electrification project KCH
49 Complete the Port Moresby Sewerage Upgrading Project. Kumul Consolidation Holding (KCH) and Eda Ranu
50 Develop the Paia Industrial and LNG Port in Gulf Province and accord a Tax Free Zone Status. Department of Petroleum (DPE)
Law & Order
51 Continue recruitment of police men and woman and increase numbers to 10,000 personnel RPNGC
52 Review of Police legislation to strength discipline and ensure accountability throughout the command & control structure of RPNGC RPNGC
53 Continue work on enhancing capacity of the judiciary with its infrastructure. Department of Justice & Attorney General (DJAG)
54 Strengthen magisterial and village courts systems.
55 Continue work on modernizing all legislations (removing out-dated ones) and formulate appropriate legislations to provide legal basis for the evolving nature of the country. DJAG and Law Reform Commission
56 Continue infrastructure development and increase police numbers under the Police Modernization Program. RPNGC
57 Continue the Prison Industries Initiative and rollout of the Rural Lock-ups program to all Districts. Correction Service
Education
58 Build more classrooms Department of Education (DoE)
59 Increase Quality training for teachers
60 Focus on quality education through curriculum reviews and development DoE
61 DoE
62 Ensure efficiency and transparent use of TFF funds by school boards across provinces and districts. DoE
63 Complete transition from Outcome-based Education to Standard-based Education. DoE
Health
64 Rehabilitate all provincial hospitals National Department of Health (NDH)
65 Expansion of Community health post Redevelopment of district hospitals to address maternal and infant mortality More focus on TB, HIVAIDs, Cancer in women NDH
66 Translate the high level of investment in health infrastructure, health workers and medical supplies into improved health outcomes and health indicators. NDH
67 Institute an appropriate system to monitor the impact of investments on health indicators. NDH
68 Complete the Demographic Health Survey to ensure up-to-date reporting on PNG?s progress on the UN Sustainable development Goals. NDH
Other keys Sectors
69 Political & Public Administration More autonomy for Provinces (devolution of powers) Department of Provincial Affairs & LLG Affairs (DPLGA)
70 Early implementation of transfer of legal, administrative and financial powers DPLGA
71 Early implementation of all MOUs and MOAs relating extractive industry projects. DPE, MRA and Mining Department
72 Public Service Continue to review and right size the public service and reduce associated high cost structures such as office rentals and payroll overruns. Department of Personnel Management (DPM)
73 Review the District Development Authority Act with a view to strengthen the role of designated town managers DPLGA
74 Continue to implement the Bougainville Peace Agreement by giving people ownership to run their issues. Department of PMNEC
75 Bougainville Referendum outcome Department of PMNEC
76 Redefinition of the formulae for allocation for PSIP, DSIP & LLGSIP, WSIP CACC
77 Change administrative arrangement to allow Provincial police commaders and Provincial and District Treasurers to be appointed by the Provincial Government on recommendation and in consultation with RPNGC and Department of Finance Provincial Governments, RPNGC and DoF
78 National Election Electoral Reform – Establish an accountable voting system (electronic voting). – Improve electoral rolls – Review polling periods – Conduct electoral boundaries review PNGEC
79 Communication Complete the National Broadband Network and Terrestrial Network Upgrade (submarine cable bandwidth) to improve rural communication and enhance accessibility to Internet services. Department of Information & Communication, KCH
80 Encourage e-commerce, e-health, e-education and e-agriculture with a view to embracing Smart-Government concept. All agencies
81 Good Governance Improve good governance – Pass the Bill to establish the Independent Commission Against Corruption – Institutionalize good governance values and principles, religious instructions as a compulsory subject in school curriculum. – Continue to establish independent Audit Committees for all State Agencies. PMNEC
82 National Security Rebuild the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) focusing on capability acquisition (military hardware). PNGDF
83 Continue to recruit and increase personnel numbers to 5000 men. PNGDF
84 Continue to rebuild institutional infrastructures such as houses, roads and utilities. Department of Defence
85 Improve the National Intelligence Organization?s intelligence (NIO) collection and surveillance capabilities NIO
86 Border Security Develop appropriate border security infrastructure for PNGDF, Police, NIO, All border Agencies
PNG Immigrations and Customs Services
87 Climate Change Strengthen adaptability to climate change challenges Conservation & Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA)
88 More emphasis on disaster preparedness, responses and recovery National Disaster & Emergency Services
89 Gender Gender equality and economic empowerment of women Department of Community Development
90 Sports Establish a High Performance Training center as a hub for PNG and the region Sports & National Events

On behalf of our Party members, we the Party Leaders hereby commit ourselves to stand together as a coalition and deliver the above priorities for our people.

Hon. Peter O’Neill, CMG, MP
Leader , Peoples National Congress Party

Hon. William Duma, CMG, MP
Leader , United Resources Party

Rt. Hon. Sir Juluis Chan, GCMG, KBE, MP
Leader , Peoples Progress Party, Peoples Democratic Movement

Hon. Powes Parkop, MP
Leader, Social Democratic Party

Hon. Rimbink Pato, MP
Leader , United Party

Hon. William Tongamp, MP
Leader, Peoples Party

Hon. Christopher Haiveta, CMG, MP
Leader , PNG Country Party

Hon. Francis Maneke, MP
Leader, Our Development Party

Hon. Patrick Basa, MP
Leader, Christian Democratic Party