A Papua New Guinea MP says the government should spread planned infrastructure spending around the country, instead of focussing solely on Port Moresby and Lae.
The two largest cities are set for hundreds of millions dollars to be spent on roading.
The Kundiawa-Gembogl MP, Tobias Kulang, says infrastructure across the country is in a dire state.
The Post Courier reports Mr Kulang as saying less than five percent of the population lives in Port Moresby and the government needs to also be enthusiastic about spending on infrastructure elsewhere.
He says there is vast potential in the untapped labour and resources of the rural-based economy and the government must be serious about its infrastructure development.