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The purpose of the PNG-Australia Western Province Strategy ( the Strategy ) 2022-2030 is to align Australia s existing whole-of-government operations through a new Western Province Partnership with PNG. The Strategy sets out three pillars of action: human development, economic development, and security and stability. Effective governance, gender equality, and climate change will be mainstreamed across the three pillars and immediate, short, medium and long term actions are identified.
The first pillar of action, human development, aims to strengthen and consolidate development assistance to Western Province in order to improve health security, education, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and food security. Actions include: continue to prioritise working in partnership with the Western Provincial Health Authority (WPHA) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and on vaccination roll-out and continue to support local health needs; improve water and food security; support schools and their initiatives in relation to COVID-19 and hygiene awareness, student and teacher incentives, and ongoing disaster risk management implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); increase community access to technical and vocational education and training (TVET); support investments, including physical WASH infrastructure, such as deep borewells and rainwater tanks, to improve access to clean and reliable water and to improve hygiene and sanitation practices; develop and implement a Child Nutrition and Social Protection program, among others.
The second pillar of action, economic development and enabling infrastructure, seeks to improve inclusive economic growth by strengthening infrastructure and improving agriculture, fisheries, and livelihood needs. Key actions include the following: explore opportunities to improve the price of fuel in line with Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) regulations; develop a District Agricultural Development and Food Security Plan and a Fisheries Development Plan; develop sub-district fisheries and agriculture hubs to provide more localised access to inputs and training; invest in power, maritime, health, and communication infrastructure; undertake a feasibility assessment to determine the viability of establishing a South Fly Fisheries Processing Hub and Quarantine Export Facility that can obtain Australian Department of Agriculture Water and Environment (DAWE) accreditation for biosecurity; develop and identify opportunities for Western citizens to participate in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility program and to travel via usual immigration routes to benefit from employment opportunities in Australia; support infrastructure prioritisation and consider areas of potential future collaboration.
The third pillar of action, security and stability, aims to promote mutual priorities in defence, border management, trade, and policing, and to strengthen law and justice in order to promote a stable and prosperous Western Province. For instance activities aimed at exploring opportunities to support the PNG Government to improve its implementation and execution of bilateral agreements with Indonesia in relation to the shared border, including new opportunities to cooperate on improving disease surveillance across the border; further support the development of inter-agency collaboration between Australia and PNG in areas such as border management, including trade, fisheries enforcement, and biosecurity.
In addition, effective governance, gender equality, and climate change will be mainstreamed across the three pillars to improve outcomes. Key actions to support mainstreaming activities include the following: develop a program of activities to empower women leaders and to build networks among women s organisations; support the provincial and district administrations, through the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership, to develop climate change strategies; support the Provincial Administration in public finance management, including undertaking a social and economic assessment factoring in the possible cessation of mining.
PNG-Australia Western Province Strategy 2022 to 2030.
Papua New Guinea
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