I am often asked when my next piece of writing will appear in PNG Attitude. It’s something that has bothered me – keeping in touch with Uncle Keith, Ben Jackson and my PNG Attitude friends. So what have I been up to?
FOR the past year or two I have actually been doing a lot of writing for various publications in addition to providing public relations and political risk analysis to various clients.
I’ve also been voluntarily assisting Papua New Guinea’s civil society organisations to become a strong and formidable force through the extractive industries transparency initiative (EITI).
EITI is about tracking revenues as they are transferred from industry to government and then from the government coffers into various projects.
That is a global standard. However, in the PNG context, there are funds distributed outside the Treasury Department’s consolidated revenue fund.
For instance, how do we track payments made to landowners or as compensation, tax credit schemes and so on?
Billions of kina have been paid outside the budgetary process as part of various agreements entered into during mining and petroleum license negotiations.