The PNG Government in February 2010 published the National Strategic Plan (NSP), or “Vision 2050”. This provides goals for transforming the PNG economy and society over a 40 year period. The NSP Task Force identified service delivery, wealth creation and human capital development as the core areas for attention. Transport services underpin all three areas and are some way involved in all of the seven pillars.

Transport sector also receives specific mention in Vision 2050 such as:

  • The construction and maintenance of high quality transportation ... networks will create economic corridors and increase the movement of public goods and services and develop trade in general.
  • Increase the national road network from the current 25,000 km to complete road networks throughout Papua New Guinea
  • Develop and seal all airstrips throughout the country
  • Increase the number of jetties and wharfs in all maritime provinces, and reintroduce government work boats
  • Ensure that the Department of Works takes full ownership of all road networks throughout Papua New Guinea
Relating the 7 Pillars of Vision 2050 to the Transport Sector
Human Capital Development, Gender, Youth & People Empowerment Can influence PNG national preferences in transport sector employment and ownership The transport sector requires a vocationally, technically and professionally educated and trained workforce Basic transport access supports health, education service delivery and access to employment and market opportunities
Wealth Creation Encouragement of and preferences to PNG national ownership, SMEs in construction industry and transport services Support to education and training of transport workforce for greater earning potential Transport investment to support economic development based on sound planning and economic analysis
Institutional Development & Service Delivery Relaxation of market entry and competition regulation where compatible with service obligations to outlying rural communities Institutional reforms for improved service delivery in road traffic services and road infrastructure Improved technical and financial management of infrastructure other government transport services delivery, funding and accountability
Security & International Relations Regulate aviation and maritime transport security to international standards Establish a sustainable transport security administration in the sector Invest in port, ship, airport and freight security systems through international borders
Environment Sustainability & Climate Change Regulatory policy to help lower carbon intensity transport Incorporate environmental and climate change knowledge and responsibilities in DOT and the transport agencies Climate change adaptation in transport investments
Spiritual, Cultural & Community Development Community services obligation policies to recognise role of church-based agencies in rural transport Coordination between Government transport institutions and church-based organisations Assist churchowned/provided rural transport infrastructure
Strategic Planning, Integration & Control Compliance with the National Transport Strategy made a government administrative requirement DOT planning and coordination activities technically strengthened including inter-agency relationships Transport investment policy alignment with Vision 2050, DSP, MTDP and MDG  Improved coordination of national and provincial transport plans