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ADB-Papua New Guinea Partnership Strategy

The country partnership strategy (CPS) with Papua New Guinea (PNG) for 2016-2020 will support the resource-rich country’s drive to remove infrastructure bottlenecks, and barriers to job and business creation.

The strategy was developed in close consultation with the PNG government and other stakeholders, and is aligned with the government’s Development Strategic Plan, 2010-2030 and National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development, 2014-2030.

ADB’s partnership with PNG will focus on upgrading national transport networks to unlock the economic potential of rural workers, and to support their access to service delivery centers. Support will be given for renewable energy development to expand access to power and replace costly and polluting diesel power facilities.

ADB will also step up help for rural primary healthcare, urban water supply and sanitation, and access to credit. The country operations business plan (COBP), 2017-2019 is the second under the current CPS for PNG.

To respond to the country’s development needs, ADB will increase its total financing for development projects (lending, nonlending, and cofinancing) by 125%, from $743.7 million (2016-2018) to $1,668.4 million (2017-2019). The current programming period includes new infrastructure development projects, particularly in the transport sector, that will help increase connectivity and the delivery of basic services to the poorest and most remote parts of the country. The proposed transport projects will help create opportunities for inclusive economic growth, improve the delivery of basic services, increase regional connectivity with the rest of Asia, and build resilience to climate change.

The Access to Information Policy recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.