PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 8) - Past government budgets have never addressed the inclusion of water transport for maritime provinces, says Kiriwina-Goodenough Member of Parliament Brian Pulayasi.

Mr Pulayasi was querying Planning and Monitoring Minister Sinai Brown as to whether future plans were in place to address the issue, adding that many maritime provinces needed water transport to market their cash crops.

Referring to the recently held National Development Forum, the lawmaker said the forum highlighted the need to conduct markets for rural people to conduct businesses.

He asked: "Do you have any plans to have some development for the network of transport for those of us who are in the maritime provinces?

Members of parliament booed Mr Brown down with his abrupt answer that his ministry did not have any plans for maritime areas to have sea transport.

"But the story is like this, my role in planning is to look at overall total you should link air, sea and land and prove that it would be some sort of synchronized operation and that’s the way it should be," Mr Brown said.

He explained that the Government’s problem was it did not have the capacity to detect the movement of three modes of transport at the same time.

He said the way forward was to integrate the different transport modes, adding that his role as Planning and Monitoring minister was to ensure the availability of the transport means in a province.  

December 8, 2003

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