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12 August 2018

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Interesting point of view.

I support the idea of knowledge hubs. Teaching foreign policy at tertiary level is challenging because we do not have an existing cadre of foreign policy or IR academics who are researching and writing about PNG. At the moment I am cutting my way through a thick virgin forest with no mentors or assistance.

I am happy that the foreign minister and the PM and NEC office respectively have Facebook accounts. Many of the speeches and activities are published their for public consumption and academic purposes. The Department of Foreign Affairs is a bit way back compared to Immigration Services in regards to web based communicating.

I also concur with the point made by Prof. Schram. As a rookie in the quality assurance business, at the tertiary level many of our programs have a long way to go. I hope the new Form 6 circulated by the government's Department of Higher Education, Science, Research and Technology and the PNG National Qualification Framework will help improve the higher ed landscape.

Whether we agree or disagree with the staging of Apec the fact is that it is happening so we need to focus now on how PNG can best get the most out of it.
Education is the key to nation building & poverty reduction.
“PNG has one of the lowest ratios of tourist revenue to GDP in the world.”
Tourism I think is the industry PNG should focus on and get as much aid & advice at Apec on how best to grow the Tourism Industry in PNG. The advice should be practical and not academic.
A Possible Tourism Blueprint & Policy That Is Actually Practical & Planned & Best Optimize the Attractions.
1. Identify all the exceptional Tourist Attractions In PNG: Cultural(tradition,dress, ceremonies etc),Natural (Beaches, Caves, Rivers, etc) – Fauna & Floral (Underestimated Potential) etc.
2. Determine the type of Businesses(i.e eco friendly) that best suit the Particular Attraction and the Infrastructures Required To Service that area.
3. Determine the Involvement of Villages & the spinoff businesses that they can do. Village Stay & Experiences that will require Villages being trained in areas of business skills, health & hygiene etc.
4. Plan on Population Size & Environmental Sustainability & Cultural Sustainability.
5. Tourists are Kings & Queens & Violence Is Not Tolerated Campaigns. Initially A system Of “Safe” Areas To Visit which should encourage other areas to become the same when positive developments in ordinary lives of PNG Citizens is seen.
6. For Tourism To Work Cheap Airtravel Airlines must be encouraged in PNG along with affordable accommodation & transportation.

Tourism Development requires(Town Planning) major infrastructures such as roads, airports, telecommunications, health facilities etc. which should help improve villages lives and also enable them to sell i.e agricultural & artefact produces.

This could be the chance to Invite High Profile People such as the world Philantroplists,Scientists,Entrepreneurs etc. who have not visited or know of PNG and who can make a difference in PNG to do so.
Apec could be the place also to make sure that the unique Flora & Fauna of PNG(other countries also) if any are commercialized ie. Developing new medicines or new plant varieties that PNG in some way must benefit through maybe a royalty system and a good % of this going to the people in the area where the particular Flora 0r Fauna is found.
Life really is a personal experience & we can be very helpless and must just adapt to whatever happens.

There is a much simpler way to counter the negative perceptions of Papua New Guinea.

Stamp out corruption, correct the law and order problems, institute sustainable logging and resource development, fix the schools, provide an efficient health care system etc. etc.

These are all doable and once they are done word will get round.

Indeed the only way to build a nation, is patiently and slowly by education the population at large. For tertiary education, a university education should not just produce sustainable employment, but also promote personal development and active citizenships. In 2012, the Rudd/Garnaut report clearly indicated the PNG Universities needed governance reform, a focus on academic quality, and of course appropriate investment, in particular to provide broadband internet to the public universities. None of this occurred. None of the universities meets the 13 basic quality criteria, and none of the programs in business and engineering have been internationally accredited. It is unclear whether the government or the universities councils are committed to achieve these goals. Meanwhile the students have lost voice in university governance and the UPNG and UNITECH SRCs remain suspended.

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