Maru Welcomed by Staff and Management

Minister Maru said the Department of National Planning was the nerve-center of the country and reminded the staff that they had an enormous responsibility to plan well, implement these plans and delivery results.

This was an introductory meeting between the staff and the new Minister. Secretary Harry said the Alotau Accord II lists 5 action items that the Department is responsible for.

These are Population, Economic Growth, Informal Sector, Effective Planning and Management of the Economy, and establishment of the National Data Collection Centre.

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Alliance Coalition Not Deterred by Government Numbers

The 46-strong members of the Alliance coalition called a media conference after the Prime Minister-elect left for the Government House to be declared.

It was a bigger Opposition-in-Waiting group than was previously seen in the recent parliaments.

Also present was former Governor for East Sepik Province, and founding father, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

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