Office centralising govt services opened in PNG capita

8:42 pm on 31 March 2016

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has opened a US$45 million building in the capital, Port Moresby, that will become the central headquarters for government offices.

Port Moresby CBD.

Port Moresby CBD. Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

Peter O'Neill says the country needs the centre of government to return to Waigani, and the new building is a facility for the country to showcase itself to the world.

The newspaper, The National, reported officials saying the building will save about US$4 million in rent annually, as government offices are currently scattered across the city in leased buildings.

Chief secretary, Isaac Lupari, said with the new building, public servants will now need to lift their game, improve their standard of dress, and be proud to work in the building.

The building is across the road from the US$29 million Sir Manasupe Haus, which opened in January to house the prime minister's office and the National Executive Council.