PNG National Museum Takes Over National Cultural Commission

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Minister: Merger, undertaken for efficiencies, will cost jobs

By Miriam Zarriga

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 24, 2016) – The National Museum and Arts Gallery has taken over the National Cultural Commission.

This was announced by Culture and Tourism Minister Justin Tkatchenko yesterday.

Jobs will be affected by the announcement on the decision to abolish the National Cultural Commission (NCC).

The commission that have been in charge on the aspects of culture in the country is now under the National Museum and Arts Gallery after the National Executive Council made a decision in merging both offices under one structure and one cultural office.

Mr Tkatchenko said the move to abolish NCC was in planning stages, way before he took office, and wanted a smooth transition to allow for all processes, policies and changes to be done by the end of the year.

"Processes in regards to this important decision will not happen overnight, the decision today should be concluded by the end of the year."

Mr Tkatchenko said jobs would be affected by the merge but added that he wanted efficiency and qualification from all workers who would be either staying or retrenched.

"This is a change for the benefit of the organisation, this move to abolish NCC is processing so this new organisation would be efficient and will see savings in due course," the Minister said.

"We will see to it that any staff that have to be retrenched will be paid accordingly, there will be no nepotism and we are looking at the qualified and certified people who will get the job done."

Museum director Dr Andrew Moutu said the administrative move was done with deliberate haste to ensure that both organisations that worked for one purpose was brought together to continue in promoting and enhancing our culture, customs and traditions.

"This merger will not stop us from continuing our role in ensuring our cultural heritage is kept alive and continues to thrive, we will see bigger and better changes in the years to come," Mr Tkatchenko said.

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