Author Archives: Andrew Anton Mako

PNG’s rural decay: a personal perspective

The last decade in PNG’s socio-economic development has been claimed by many, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neil and me, to have been wasted, as the… Continue reading

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Controlling middle & backbenchers in PNG Parliament for political “stability”

PNG politics was labeled unstable for many years, but today we have the opposite problem: too much stability and of the wrong kind. Continue reading

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Challenges and opportunities at the frontline of service delivery in PNG: Enga province

In a recent post for this blog, Colin Wiltshire shared his experience of gathering data in the Gulf province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) for a major survey into public service delivery in PNG. The survey, completed in December 2012, is a key component of the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) in PNG project. The three-year project is being implemented collaboratively by the National Research Institute (NRI) of PNG and […] Continue reading

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PNG’s experience with rapid revenue growth: lessons for the future

The growth performance of Papua New Guinea and the status of its public finances improved significantly in the last decade, underpinned largely by the boom in global commodity prices of key PNG exports, and good macroeconomic policies. The national budget, which was in deficit from the late 1990s, recorded its first surplus in 2004, public debt fell from more than 60% of GDP in 2003 to about 25% by 2011, […] Continue reading

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Bad governance and politics and PNG’s lost decade

In the last 10 years, PNG has experienced unprecedented, high economic growth. However, that decade can be seen as a “wasted decade” of missed opportunities for the resource-rich country. There is little to show on the ground in terms of tangible development. Most major towns of the country have faced dramatic fall and deterioration of public infrastructure and government services. For example, Madang which was once affectionately called “beautiful” is […] Continue reading

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