Radio New Zealand International
The comment was made by Professor Steven Howes of the Australian National University as his Development Policy Centre met with the PNG National Research Institute to study ways to make PNG budget spending more effective.
The two institutes are considering the results of a survey which looked at the impact on key infrastructure of the substantially bigger PNG budgets of the last few years.
Prof Howes said the surveys have been conducted going back ten years and they have noticed a tendency to spend on projects rather than supporting every day service-delivery funding.
“Certainly one of the things that our team noticed as they went out as just that the standard of facilities left a lot to be desired,” Prof Howes said.
“A lot of them were literally falling down,” he said.
“So I think one problem is that so far too much of the new money has gone to new projects, for new roads or new classrooms and not enough has gone to maintaining the existing stock of assets.”