Re: Government has to pay for Research, not ISPs and other startupsOctober 14 2007 at 7:24 AM
|Tingting Tasol |
Response to BROADBAND INTERNET VIA HF
Thanks but perhaps we do not seem to understand and appreciate what progress and reality is all for and who it serves. The economies of scale and the risks of not being involved in research as a national agenda.
It is the government that sets benchmarks, regulatory standards, the policy and the laws, doesnt it?. It is the goverment that collects taxes, doesnt it? It is the government that has the majority of our kids in education and training, doesnt it? The government already has a number of Research Institutions such as NRI, CCRI, PNGFRI, NARI, Institute of Medical Reasearch and a host of government Departments and Agencies involved in pilot projects. Question remains who will fund their research, test beds, pilot projects or even national policy and national framework reviews? Who must capitalise their research in PNG? Will it go to outsiders to fund? No, it comes back to government, thats where the buck stops.
But obviously, there must be other ways out or around it. And the government must take full control of all research initiatives or perhaps subsidise costs in any sustainable field, speciality and initiative which has a link to research in PNG. That is not private enterprise activity. The government must provide tax incentives on research proposals. Does the government only has to engage foreign consultants to provide reasearch proposals whether it be legal, technical, political or what ever project due to lack of expertise? Unless we engage our own people in Research, we will always import the World Bank, the Australians and Asians to fund, do our research and clone our environment.
If you truly embrace Margaret Thatcher's illusion on privatisation, you will need to question her again, in reality WILL PRIVATE ENTERPRISE EVER FUND ALL TYPES OF NATIONAL RESEARCH?
HOW ABOUT RIMBUNAN HIJAU FUND ALL THE PNG HOSPITAL OPERATIONS, PNG MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PNG MEDICAL RESEARCH (whether relational, relevant or not)? Is that practical or not with your held PRIVATE ENTERPRISE view?
You love the world trend view by Margaret Thatcher on Privatisation and how about world trend views on research funding where governments are heavily involved?
It is not a matter of cash richness, it is a matter of national priority bordering on national independence or dependency. That is where the success of low scale businesses and small medium enterprises come up from. RESEARCH.
We need to go down to the engines of growth and support small research and small pilot projects for our rural folks in farming, fishing, forestry, mining, even eco-tourism and developing national technological solutions.
I would really welcome your privatisation view so long as it funds research on national projects and the small activity projects of our rural relatives who are wanting cheap and relevant technology.
We should be focusing on calculated and important research that will improve the lives of our people nad provide better returns, not research for research per se.
Hence broadband is just one.