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  • DoT Port visit at Puma Energy

    MTAP Port Visit

    Officers in the Maritime Technical Assistance Program observing ISPS security application at Puma Energy's port facility.

  • The Project for Capacity Development of DoT in port policy and administration

    Capacity Development Program

    DoT Maritime officers with JICA experts on a port facility survey as part of the Capacity Development Program on Port Policy and Administration

  • Moresby Express an ISPS compliant ship

    ISPS Compliant Ships

    Maritime Security Division enforces the ISPS code in PNG via the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Security) Regulation 2005

  • TSPU officer at Jackson's airport, Port Moresby

    Transport Security Policy Unit

    TSPU officer from DoT at Jackson's airport

The PNG transport sector is already well down the track of liberalisation so further relaxation will be subject to tests and safeguards against unintended and unwanted consequences.

Present transport regulation requires road freight operators and domestic shipping operators to hold transport services licences based partly on the size of the market and the services provided by incumbent operators. In future the policy will be, where economically beneficial, to remove quantitative transport licensing for hire-or-reward transport services subject to the following:

  • safeguards against monopolistic and market dominant behaviour;
  • safeguards against competition from directly or indirectly subsidised services, such as from public funding or “free” provision of transport equipment and services, except as provided for under the CSO policy;
  • assurance of acceptable levels of service quality, safety and security;
  • good character, financial competence and long term intention of new operators;
  • that the delivery of transport services to communities not able to sustain commercial services is not compromised by market competition;
  • ensuring reliable and orderly public passenger transport services in urban areas;
  • fostering the development of a PNG citizen-owned companies and PNG citizen skills base in the transport services and supporting industries and participation at all levels.

The Government will retain the option of prohibiting or selectively regulating overseas transport operators who wish to operate in the PNG domestic transport market by linking their international services to, from or through PNG with the carriage of domestic passengers or cargo, where the economic benefits of such competition are likely to be outweighed by the economic and social costs to the local industry, employment and the PNG economy in general.

Secretary's Foreword

In July 2013, the current Government approved the National Transport Strategy (NTS) which comprises the 2014-2030 Policy and related Investment Plan (2014-2018) as our road map for the Transport Sector in PNG. The NTS specifies the sub sector modal policies, plans and priority projects that have been identified by the sector agencies for delivery.

Department of Transport will continue to be the lead agency in the Coordination& Monitoring of the NTS and in developing transport sector policies, identifying and setting strategies, Planning & Budgeting and Monitoring & Coordination of those Policies and Plans for the three modes of transportation: air, land and sea in PNG.

The 2014 elevation of the former Ministry of Transport, under the Prime Minister's Ministerial Determinations, to the new Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure in the coordination of key transport infrastructures approved by the Government has challenged the Department's preparedness to take on the added responsibility.

However, this does not change our aspirations to focus on the Department of Transport's vision by striving to improve on our consultation and collaboration with our many stakeholders and partnering with the industry and communities to facilitate the delivery of a well-integrated, safe and sustainable transport system in PNG.

Our Secretary

Department of Transport & Infrastructure Secretary

Roy Mumu, OBE