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Media Release

Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets PNG Special Parliamentary Committee

PRESS RELEASE

July 23, 2014

Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets PNG Special Parliamentary Committee


SUVA- A Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Sector Reform from Papua New Guinea is in the country to learn about Fiji's public service in a bid to improve their very own.

The special committee led by Member of Parliament Bire Kimisopa paid a courtesy call to Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola in Suva today.

Ratu Inoke when addressing the special committee thanked the PNG Government for its financial assistance towards the elections in September.

Ratu Inoke updated the parliamentary delegation of the country's preparation towards election.

The delegation were told that the upcoming general election would be the first truly democratic one of one person- one vote.

The minister was informed by the delegation that the second batch of PNG's financial assistance towards elections would be dispersed next month.

MP Kimisopa said his team was here to learn more about Fiji's public service and hope to incorporate some of their findings to their own.

PNG has not reformed its public service since independence in 1975.

"We are almost reaching 40 years of independence, we are now reforming our public service," he said.

MP Kimisopa said PNG has a lot to learn from Fiji especially in public service areas.

He updated Ratu Inoke of the challenges and issues faced by PNG which included their robust politics, ethnic divide and Constitution.

The special committee made up of five other members of Parliament would be meeting Public Service Commission Permanent Secretary Parmesh Chand, Strategi Framework for Change Coordinating Office Deputy Secretary Edward Tunidau and with Ministry of Lands officials.

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