I must forewarn you, this is a long post.
Prioritize rural transport and physical infrastucture program; link all the districts and strategic rural areas to the urban centers, even if it takes years and generations. We need to ultilize the unfortunate but potential 85% who languish in the 'bushes'. As more people have access to modern services, this leads to greater spending and money circulation - an increase in the national revenue base. Right now, what good is less than 10% of the population who earn the same money and are taxed the same?
Bro, this is absolutely necessary, I remember when they were building the freeway in Moresby, I was wondering whether it was absolutely necessary given that the money may have been better utilized elsewhere in the country. Is Port Moresby really that congested? There must be a greater emphasis on development away from the cities. We are spending so much money on Port Moresby, and not enough on the other provinces. What this does is it sends a signal to those in the rural areas that their needs are secondary to those in the cities. So as any rational person would do, they up and move to the city to enjoy those benefits which they are deprived in the rural areas. Every parent wants the best education for their child, and every parent wants running water for their child and etc… Why stay in the village and walk half a kilometer to fetch water when you can easily turn on the tap in a settlement and not pay anything (subsidized by other rate payers). Our whole incentive system is faulty. We need to start sending the right signals to our people.
what I see in our leaders today is many of them dont have a long-lasting ideological foundation
I don’t know enough about our current crop of leaders, but as a general statement, if our leaders do not have ‘ideological foundations’, they are just like ships tossed on the sea, crossing the floor of parliament every time the wind blows in that direction.
Your comment on those ‘seasonal roads’ em tru tumas bro. The road to Kwikila in the central province (among many others in this nation) is only open in the dry seasons and closed when it’s wet.
“Decentralisation of revenue colleting and distributing powers to the provinces is the way to go.”
Isn’t this partway to the federation though? That is what I am advocating, the removal of this function from Waigani. Say, 95% of the revenue of a province should be spent within that province, why does Port Moresby deserve to get more than 5% when most of it will be misused. Now the immediate question that arises is wont this be the same in the provinces? Obviously this is not a yes-no question because of the complex nature of the whole problem, but given some of the ‘safeguards’ I mentioned earlier, we could be more confident of better usage in the provinces than in the centre.
I am encouraged once again, because we both share the same or at least a similar vision for our nation. Like you mentioned, these ideas are just seeds, and take time to develop, root and eventually germinate. However divorced from reality some of these suggestions appear at this stage of our history, they will eventually, when modified to the practical realities, have some real use. Think back of the Greek geometers and their obsession with shapes especially ellipses, hyperbolas etc… it did not have any immediate effect and it was not until much later when it was useful in astronomy (among other things) that people realized the significance of Greek geometry. There is no claim here that any of these ideas that we discuss are of that standard, I was just saying that what appears to be irrelevant discussions now, will have real effects in the future.
But negotiators and mediators should be passionate about and stress the need for Melanesians communities not to be separate nation-states, but rather states directly or indirectly related to each other within a framework of federation of states.
Bro, this is what I am saying, the federation is a midpoint between absolute independence and total dependence. It would be foolish for us to insist that the Vanuatuans be governed from Port Moresby. Most people would consider this totally absurd, yet they are totally at home with the idea that the New Guinea Islands should be controlled from Port Moresby. What is the difference here? Basically, the major difference is that we were told that the New Guinea Islands were part of Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu wasn’t. If it was the other way around, we would think of Vanuatu as a God ordained province of PNG even if it was so distant from us.
MN, wanpla suggestion. Painim out lo taim blo ol Governers Conferences and see if you may interest them to present your ideas, a paper or a short talk o kain samting olsem.
Dispela em rait idea, but I don’t possess the ability, and there are many here on these forums who would be better advocates, such as yourself. I know however that as we share these ideas, we are helping each other develop mentally and in our views about our nation and statehood in general. Maybe one day, we (those here on the Scape) can come together and present something. Who knows?
Yes, it would be refreshing to have other Scapers input.
Emi nap for now. I hope to give some of my suggestions to those questions you posed.
MN, you raised a point about not being interested in politics and elections
I must make a clarification here, I did not say I wasn’t interested in elections. I think it is necessary for everybody to vote when it comes to elections as this is the only real time they get to express their wish in our democratic system. What I am not interested in is the constant changes that happen in parliament. I don’t really care about the politics of politics. My interest is in a functional system that allows individuals the greatest amount of freedom but still holds them responsible for their antisocial actions. This is a fundamental step toward personal development which we are yet to make. We will not be able to worry about those ‘higher’ problems of ‘cultured’ societies until we have a properly functional political system. And I personally think the federation is our way to make that first step.
On a totally unrelated topic…
Exile na Decay, yupela mas klia long Gaubin bread before ol save kukim. Ay, dispela bread ya save mekim maus bilong mi wara nating. I still think that was the best bread in the world. Exile, bara las taim mi go long Biu ya em rait ples olgeta, nau mas change liklik. I can’t resist inserting this. Tourism bros, is one way to go. There are a lot of Papua New Guineans that would like to take trips to visit other parts of the country. Major problems that prevent this: Excessive airfares, expensive hotels, not enough advertising, no ‘tourist’ culture in many places.
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