Welcome Remarks by PNG NRI Acting Director, Dr. Osborne Sanida, at the Seminar presentation by Mr. Gowed Quaringne, Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs (DLPGA) on the role of DLPGA for the upcoming 2022 National Elections
The PNG NRI is mandated by the National Research Institute Act to conduct applied social and economic research to contribute to finding solutions to the issues faced by PNG in its development endeavours. Part of this mandate is to provide avenue for discourse and discussions by key stakeholders to ensure important issues are debated or disseminated for informed decision-making to address PNG’s social and economic development.
The Institute is aware of the importance of the 2022 National Elections. Therefore, leading up to the Elections, the Institute Council has approved a program focusing on issues relating to election preparation, election observation and post-election governance matters. Considering this, I have invited key agencies that have a key role to play in the effective and efficient preparation for successful 2022 PNG National General Elections. These presentations will provide much needed information for the wider public in the interest of good governance and a free and fair election. These presentations will be a precursor to the Seminar Series on Political Parties Policies, scheduled for November and early December 2021.
We have invited DLPGA, the Office of the Clerk of Parliament, the Royal PNG Constabulary, NBC, PNG Electoral Commission, Electoral Boundaries Commission, and the Office of the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission to make presentations on their roles in the preparation for a successful 2022 PNG National Elections. We are hopeful of having these presentations throughout this month. Considering the current measures on COVID-19, attendance is limited to 20 persons. Going forward, we will also provide an option for online attendance through relevant online platform.
This afternoon, I acknowledge DLPGA Acting Secretary, Mr. Joseph Warus, for accepting our invitation and for allowing one of his staff Mr Gowed Quaringne to come and make the presentation on behalf of the Department. Welcome Mr. Quaringne.
DLPGA plays an important role in the governance of the country given its mandate to deal with issues at the sub-national level: provinces, districts and LLGs and wards. The election issues are of course one of the issues that is a matter for all levels of Government from national to LLGs.
I acknowledge the attendance of all invited guests and the media for making time available to attend this seminar. I acknowledge our partnership with the Australian Government through DFAT in assisting with funding of the delivery of NRI’s research programs and related activities, including this series of seminars.
I now have the pleasure to welcome Mr. Quaringne to deliver his presentation.