Australia To Provide Infrastructure for PNG

by PNG Business News - June 28, 2021

Photo Credit: emtv.com.pg

According to Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp, Australia aims to provide high-quality infrastructure for PNG, generate employment, and upskill locals.

His administration recently announced that it will invest K1.1 billion (US$300 million) to improve and repair all marine facilities owned and maintained by PNG Ports.

In Port Moresby, Philp signed an agreement with State Enterprises Minister William Duma and PNG Ports chairman Kepas Wali, signalling Australia's commitment to the development of PNG's marine infrastructure sector.

He stated that Australia was pleased to help PNG improve its marine infrastructure in order to enable commerce and boost national development.

PNG's Prime Minister James Marape, who was also there, said the country has sought Australia for help in renewing and improving its ports.

Duma praised Australia for prioritizing local jobs and business engagement in whatever project it supports.

“The foundations of most of our ports were built during the colonial and Pacific War era by the Australians, and it is appropriate that we now come together to jointly collaborate to plan for the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure,” he said. 

The 30-year ports infrastructure master plan, Philp said, presented a "great opportunity and platform" for Australia to assist PNG's infrastructure development goals.

Wali praised the board and management of PNG Ports for their dedication and assistance in ensuring that any work sponsored by Australia will be done in a transparent and high-quality way. He was pleased that PNG Ports had the chance to prepare a financing proposal for projects that will modernize the country's ports and benefit the people.

 

Reference:

Kero, Gynnie. The National (25 June 2021). “K1bil for ports upgrade”.



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