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PNGCS attains statutory authority status

Parliament on Sept 4, 2014, unanimously passed the PNG Customs Service bill to enable the PNG Customs Service (PNGCS) to be transformed into a Statutory Authority.

This means that PNG Customs will no longer be subject to the Public Services Management Act but be governed by the PNG Customs Service Act.

The bill was introduced in Parliament by Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch, who is also the Minister responsible for PNG Customs. The change has occurred to address issues like the recruitment, motivation and retention of staff and also to bring about a high level of performance from the organisation.