“Generations of underprivileged Papua New Guineans who look to public servants and politicians for positive influence in the country leave without fulfilling dreams, hopes and aspirations because you and me are underperforming in the designations we occupy from the chair of the Prime Minister down to all designations in our public service structure,” said Prime Minister James Marape when he officially launched the Human Resource Development Strategic Plan 2020-2050.
This 30-year policy framework will involve building a new cadre of public servants. Entry into the public service will require graduates to undergo compulsory training which will be conducted at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance before being inducted into the public service.
In her welcome remarks, Secretary for Department of Personnel Management Taies Sansan, said that this policy framework will go down in history as the first ever long term roadmap for the public service in the country since the launch of the PNG Vision 2050 in 2009.
“Public Service was the missing link (in PNG Vision 2050) and we have realized that public service was mainly operating on adhoc plans and policies based on the government of the day’s directions through accords and communiqués.
This has made it difficult to really implement the restructuring of the public service to meet government’s expectations and our people’s expectations,” said Secretary Sansan.
Minister for Public Service Hon. Joe Sungi said that most politicians and senior public servants are more focused on Finance Managers in their respective organizations and most times they forget the Human Resource Managers.
Minister Sungi emphasized that those graduates who decide to join the public service must do so as a career of choice and not as second option employment.
Prime Minister Marape added that public service is a place to deliver to our country, however, the present systems, procedures and processes are obsolete after 46 years on. They require reformation and innovation.
“This plan is now focused on how we can ensure we empower our human resources so that they become agents of change in our society,” said PM Marape.
Chair of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Sector Reforms and Governor for Oro Hon. Gary Juffa challenged the government to be a competitive employer so that public servants can, not only be employed in the private sector, but abroad as well because we are global citizen.
This long term plan will demand for a well-trained, responsive workforce capable of meeting tomorrow’s challenges; improving the quality of work for delivery of effective and efficient services. It is for this reason that the need to build capacity is paramount as it sets the parameters within which the new intake of public servants will be guided towards being inducted into the public service.