30 Jun 2008

PNG Government agency short of engineers - infrastructure development could be stalled

3:16 pm on 30 June 2008

Infrastructure projects in Papua New Guinea, under the Government's Medium Term Development Strategy could be hampered by a shortage of engineers at the Department of Works.

The Post Courier reports fears have been raised that if the situation is not reversed the Government could spend millions unnecessarily on repairing and building infrastructure due to unprofessional advice.

The Department and the Institute of Engineers-PNG, revealed this at the weekend.

They say there is a critical lack of engineers in the roads and bridges division.

Experienced engineers are seen as critical in making sure that roads, wharves and bridges are well-built.

The engineers are leaving because of poor remuneration, but the boom in the mining industry is expected to entice even more to leave.