7 Mar 2017

PNG opposition says Govt debt 'embarrassing'

From , 6:04 am on 7 March 2017

Papua New Guinea's opposition party is accusing the Government of spending recklessly and it's warning the country may not be ready to host next year's meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC.

The party's comments come after the United Nations suspended PNG for failing to pay its annual member fees.

PNG's foreign minister, Rimbink Pato, has told media that it was an administrative error and the fees have now been paid.

But the deputy leader of PNG's opposition party, Sam Basil, says it's clear the Government can no longer afford to pay for even basic services, such as power bills.

Mr Basil told Amelia Langford that it's time the Government came clean about how much debt it owes.

Papua New Guinea foreign minister Rimbink Pato.

Papua New Guinea foreign minister Rimbink Pato. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades