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Marape Launches National Urban Development Plan



To keep PNG in line with the newest global trends on urbanisation, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has launched the National Capital District (NCD) Urban Development Plan in Port Moresby.

He thanked NCD Governor Hon. Powes Parkop for ensuring that the services for the people continue to function, for continuing to work to improve the lives of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

“In the 1960s, 33 per cent of the world population lived in urban areas,” he said. “Today, on average, the world population living in urban areas has gone past 50 per cent. In fact, 52 per cent live in urban areas all over the world.”

Prime Minister Marape said that in search of employment, people were moving to urban areas. In fact, he had observed that a great number were moving to NCD and Lae, as compared to other towns.

He supported the statement of Governor Parkop that NCD interventions contributed to national outcomes.

“This is one place that can have the greatest influence on the outcome of the mindset, behaviour and the progress of our country,” Prime Minister Marape said. “I am happy to be here to launch a plan that directs what our capital city will look like into the future.”

Prime Minister Marape has called out the people of NCD and neighbouring countries to work together to bring Port Moresby to further development. He also added that this was 2020 and leaders now are able to make better and informed decisions.

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