12 Dec 2009

PNG to spend 3 million US on sending delegates to Copenhagen

2:02 pm on 12 December 2009

Papua New Guinea will spend more than 3 million US dollars to send a 30-member delegation to the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen which includes a consultancy recruitment drive.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is leading the delegation, which leaves today.

As well as two cabinet ministers, the delegation includes officials from the Department of Environment and Conservation, scientists, economists and internal consultants.

Each member of the delegation is set to be paid 500 US dollars a day during their one-week stay.

The cost of sending the delegation to the UN meeting has not been budgeted for so the treasurer has been directed to "find the money" to cover the costs.

Treasury has also been directed to waive the procurement process for the engagement of consultants to undertake analysis and a subsequent report on PNG's national climate change plan.

Meanwhile, another 1.2 million US dollars has been approved by Cabinet to abolish the Office of Climate Change and Environment Sustainability and pay out its 70 staff.