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Effort to improve accountability initiated by AusAID

By Caldron Laepa PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 4, 2010) – The Department of Finance has the taken the lead in keeping records and saving costs by having a policy to manage records and data.

The Department of Finance Record Management Policy 2010 was officially launched on Friday by Secretary Gabriel Yer.

The policy was initiated by the department with the help of AusAID.

Mr. Yer said keeping records was something very important and all public servants and officers should make it their business to keep record of data and save them well so that they could be retracted whenever it was needed.

He said the lack of proper record keeping made it difficult for auditors and investigators to track down people who were misappropriating public money. Yer said managing records promoted good governance which was the department’s mission.

Apart from having data investigations and auditing, Yer said the management of data could also help journalists, writers and historians research the life, culture and history of the country. He said legal obligations in the Archives Act 1993, Organic Law on the Provincial and Local Government, Public Finance Management Act 1995, Public Service General Orders and other international legislation gave provisions for the establishment of this policy.

However Yer said he was glad to launch the policy and wanted other government departments to follow and have a proper data management system.

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