Chamber Calls For Transparent Consultation On Proposed Organic Law
The Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum reiterated its calls to government to invite resource industry experts to consult on its proposed changes to the mining and petroleum sectors.
This follows after both the Minister for Mining and the Minister for Petroleum and Energy cancelling their participation in a virtual seminar hosted yesterday by the Chamber.
Minister Johnson Tuke and Minister Kerenga Kua were both invited to speak as part of the online seminar, an important forum created by the Chamber to encourage discussion and information sharing around proposed government reforms to resource sector legislation, which will see PNG move to a production sharing regime.
Both declined to attend this forum.
The Chamber of Mines and Petroleum said it stands ready to consult with both ministers who are currently engaged with parliament.
The seminar brought together leaders from across the industry, as well as other impacted stakeholders, to discuss ongoing concerns around the proposed changes and the suitability of production sharing for the mining sector in particular.
The seminar marked yet another attempt by the Chamber to commence a process of consultation with the government as the industry seeks to transparently discuss the changes and share information and perspectives on the risks it could create for PNG’s people and economy, as well as the resources industry.
Mining and petroleum sector remains concerned over the lack of consultation from the Government, with any of the impacted stakeholder groups in PNG says Chamber of Mines and Petroleum president Gerea Aopi.
Mr Aopi reiterated that government needs to slow down and engage with landowners, the industry and the community, emphasising the need for engagement between the Government and impacted groups if the best outcome for all of PNG is to be achieved.
“While we understand there may be no new information from the Government at this stage, this seminar was an opportunity for Ministers Tuke and Kua to listen to and speak with those who will be directly impacted by the proposed Organic Law.
An opportunity to hear from highly experienced experts in the resources industry discuss potential implications that could arise and have not yet been addressed, and begin a conversation that will help secure a positive outcome for all of PNG,” he said.