The shortages of houses in towns and cities of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has reached a critical level that requires urgent attention, a Senior Research Fellow of PNG National Research Institute warns.
Sustainable Land Development Program Leader, Dr. Lindsay Kutan, says the uncoordinated initiatives introduced by the government and the private sector has not been able to address the issues.
“As a result, a public-private partnership is needed to collectively increase the supply of houses to the housing market,” Dr. Kutan says in his latest research report: “The role of private sector in addressing housing shortages in PNG”.
He said the private sector’s role is primarily the construction and supply of houses to the housing market.
“While the government should play a facilitative role to foster an enabling environment that will mitigate the challenges experienced by the private sector in addressing the housing shortages” said Dr. Kutan.
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