Alumni Focus On Human, Natural Resources For Sustainable Development
The Papua New Guinea Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) held its annual dinner last Saturday to celebrate the successes of its alumni.
The association used the dinner to also raise funds to support its efforts to carry out high-impact community-based projects for its members.
Representing the prime minister, Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Sam Basil and Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Bruce Davis attended the event, signifying a strong commitment to the ongoing PNG-Australia partnership.
The dinner was an opportunity for representatives from the public sector, private sector and civil society who joined members of PNGAAA in congratulating the 90 awardees who form intake 2020 of Australia Awards PNG.
With about 5000 members, the PNGAAA members are professionals committed to sustainable economic growth and social development. Mr Basil recognised the Australian government’s investment in the development of PNG’s human resource.
Mr Basil challenged the awardees of intake 2020 to envisage how their scholarship success in Australia can contribute to the development of PNG and to always remember that they are ambassadors of PNG.
The PNGAAA president Dr Janet Rangou asserted that PNGAAA is the space to provoke thoughts, ideas and actions for development. She also challenged the awardees of intake 2020: “For those of you going for studies in Australia, this is the right space for you when you come back.
“While you are studying in Australia, do not forget that when you come back, there is a space like the PNGAAA for you to contribute to.” The theme for the annual dinner was harnessing PNG’s diverse human and natural resources for sustainable development.
The annual dinner is one avenue which showcases the value of PNGAAA and how its members are collectively contributing to the mission of the association, and at the same time contributing to the economic growth and sustainable development of PNG.
The highlight of the event was the auction of two signed PNG LNG Kumuls jerseys, donated by ExxonMobil PNG Limited and PNGRFL, which raised a total of K35,000.
A portion of the proceeds, raised from the auction, will go towards purchasing essentials to support the disadvantaged children in the Rainbow suburb in Port Moresby.