15 Mar 2017

Questions asked about PNG's ability to manage aid in Budget

From , 6:04 am on 15 March 2017

Papua New Guinea wants greater control over the aid Australia provides to PNG.

The call was made last week at the annual Australia/PNG Ministerial meeting for the $US377 million Australia provides each year to go directly into the Budget.

It is not a new call and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says it would be more efficient and cut out the wastage of duplicated administration systems.

He told the Post Courier newspaper that under the present system there are too many middle men costing too much money, meaning less reaches its intended objectives.

Don Wiseman asked the executive director of the Institute of National Affairs, Paul Barker, what he thought of the idea.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill gives a talk at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on May 14, 2015

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Photo: AFP / Peter Parks