By Nicole Haley, Ron J May
The Southern Highlands is certainly one of Papua New Guinea’s such a lot resource-rich provinces, yet for a few years the province has been riven through clash. Longstanding inter-group rivalries, in brief put aside in the course of the colonial interval, were compounded through festival for the advantages supplied via the trendy nation and by means of battling over the distribution of returns from the different significant mining and petroleum tasks positioned in the province or impinging upon it. Deaths from a few of the conflicts during the last decade quantity within the enormous quantities. because of inter-group battling, illegal activity and vandalism, a couple of companies have withdrawn from the province. Roadblocks and ambushes have made commute harmful in lots of components and expatriate missionaries and relief employees have left. Many public servants have deserted their posts with the outcome that nation companies usually are not supplied. Corruption is rife. Police are frequently reluctant to behave simply because they're outnumbered and outgunned. This quantity brings jointly a couple of authors with deep adventure of the Southern Highlands to check the underlying dynamics of source improvement and clash within the province. Its fundamental function is to supply a few historical past to fresh occasions, however the authors additionally discover attainable techniques to restricting the human and financial expenses of the continuing clash and breakdown of governance.
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Major developments have included: • • • • proposals to rectify the very low constabulary: population ratio, and achieve long-term development, based on analysis by the RPNGC; support from the SHPG for training of community police; the re-opening of prisons in the SHP by the Corrective Institutions Service; and the revival of magisterial services. 31 Conflict and Resource Development in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea Interim intervention The Minister for Inter-Government Relations used his authority under Section 187E(1) of the national Constitution to require accountability of the SHP governor; to encourage good governance and sound administration in the SHP, and to establish grounds for possible suspension of the SHPG.
33 The Setting: Land, economics and development in the Southern Highlands Bryant Allen Southern Highlands Province (SHP) is located almost in the middle of the mainland of Papua New Guinea. It is on the south-western end of the Highlands Highway and subject to the vicissitudes of landslides, bridge failures, potholes and criminal activity along the whole 600 km of the highway to Lae. The province is 25,698 km2 in area and is the eighth largest province in terms of land area in Papua New Guinea.
The RPNGC reports that prosecutions are being prepared. As of mid November 2004, no case had come to court. Recommendations for activating provincial democracy Provincial politicians may work as members of the Provincial Executive Council, as MPAs, or through national or local publicity of issues. Assumptions which underlie use of MPAs include: willingness and capacity of national MPs to be effective MPAs supporting sound government, and proper representation of heads of LLGs as MPAs. All these interventions are problematic.
Conflict and resource development in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea by Nicole Haley, Ron J May