Development and sustainability of infrastructure is a key pillar of the Papua New Guinea Government's Medium-Term Development Strategy. Roads are an important link connecting the country's natural resources to its people, markets and ports, and thus play a critical role in economic development and in reducing poverty. PNG's 8,700 kilometers (km) of national roads constitute the primary network linking the provincial capitals and main population and economic centers. Provincial and district roads (totaling about 10,000 km) provide the secondary and tertiary links. Two major constraints impede improvement and sustainability of the road network. The first is lack of maintenance. About half of the roads in PNG and 70% of the roads in the Highlands region remain in poor condition due to the absence of regular maintenance.
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