reMay 23 2011 at 2:58 PM
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Response to forced labour, megacities, etc
In terms of mega cities – this arose from the discuss ion about infrastructure and the issues currently experienced tyring to deliver development goods & services to the people. If it is difficult going out to the people then find a way to bring them to where the goods and services exist. This movement is happening by default anyway. Those with some financial resources are moving to larger urban areas to provide better for their families. Some are sending the children to be educated in Port Moresby or Lae because the schools in the rural areas are not funded adequately. This is a free country, anyone has the right to move to wherever they want to and we should not restrict that freedom. Settlements are inevitable for PNG given the land ownership issues and inequitable dispersion of wealth throughout our society. Small minority of people are economically capable of owning their own home in urban areas. We need to investigate future policies and development plans that incorporate settlements into the development picture for our major towns and cities.
Bring basic goods and services to the people in the villages and towns:
As for the means – I don’t think giving incentives for private enterprise to provide the services to the rural people isn’t really the full answer. Providing goods & services is the State’s responsibility – the reason is that a vast majority of goods & services are public goods, which are available for everyone to use, but are paid for by the state. On a cost/benefit point of view, some goods and services are uneconomical and won’t make sense from a business point of view, but are essential from a social point of view. Only the state, who is not necessarily driven by a profit motive, is capable of doing this on a long term basis. The State sets the platform for the businesses to operate – transport, power, security- law & order etc.
The State is and will always responsible for deliver of development goods & services. The issue is the incompetence and corruption which will need to be dealt with immediately.