Barrick Welcomes Govt’s Pledge
Barrick Niugini Limited (BNL) has welcomed the government’s commitment to finding a long-term solution for the law and order problems that have beset the Porgera region of Enga Province, home to its Porgera gold mine.
The company noted that following a two-day visit to the region to meet the community and assess the situation first hand, Police Minister Bryan Kramer had pledged to sponsor government measures to strengthen police presence in the area, reduce inter-clan fighting, address the proliferation of firearms, arrest and prosecute criminals, and enforce an alcohol ban, among other things.
Mr Kramer said if necessary, special powers could be invoked to achieve the desired results. BNL said by supporting the government’s efforts in managing these challenges, and through close engagement with the community, the Porgera mine had operated successfully and profitably for almost 30 years.
The mine is currently on target to meet its production guidance for 2019. BNL added that the mine continues to collaborate closely with national and local leaders, and to build its social licence, in order to sustain its ability to deliver benefits to all its stakeholders, including the government and people of PNG.
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