PNG urged to develop foreign aid framework

7:15 pm on 13 August 2015

The Papua New Guinea opposition says the government needs a proper foreign policy framework for when it gives aid to other nations.

Last week the Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato announced a major aid package to small island states, and in recent times PNG has also given aid to Fiji, Vanuatu, Niue and other Pacific nations.

But the opposition leader, Don Polye, says this cannot be done on an ad-hoc basis.

He says PNG has growing interests and strong values in the region prompting the country to assume a leadership role, but it needs to develop long term strategies and focus on promoting achieving stability and peace.

He says PNG should assist smaller island nations to eradicate poverty and the Government should properly resource the missions in Honiara and Suva to fund projects which have poverty alleviation objectives.

Mr Polye says in addition PNG needs a quick response approach with humanitarian aid or security when other nations face emergencies.

The member for Kandep in PNG, Don Polye.

The member for Kandep in PNG, Don Polye. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades