Japan Considers Rabaul Port Redevelopment
Rabaul port, slowly picking up business, on the back of the devastating volcanic eruption more than 20 years ago, is being considered for redevelopment under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Officials from JICA, accompanied by a Member of the House of Representatives Japan, Ichiro Aisawa and his wife, Mrs Toshie Aisawa visited the Port in May to take a firsthand look at the facility.
“The official visit will coincide with the inspection of various Japan’s ODA projects in East New Britain Province including Rabaul Port which is under consideration by JICA for redevelopment,” Mr Takashi Toyama, chief representative of JICA PNG office said in a letter to the Business Manager, Rabaul Port.
It is understood, the feasibility studies for the Rabaul Port development will commence next year to go for two years.
The Japanese delegation to the Rabaul port was met by the Chief Operating Officer Steve Tesar and Rabaul Port business manager Nason Pukai who took them on a guided tour of the facilities.
Rabaul port is quickly overtaking Kimbe Port has the third largest revenue earning port for the PNG Ports Corporation Limited, owner and operator of 15 declared port facilities in the country.
Acting Managing Director of PNG Ports, Mr Fego Kiniafa commended JICA for selecting the Rabaul Port for redevelopment.
This is under the Japanese Government’s aid program. “PNG Ports is ready and willing to assist JICA carry out the feasibility studies and any work work related to this project,” Mr Kiniafa said.
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