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By Nikints Tiptip

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 15, 1999 – The National)---The biggest challenge with privatization and corporatization is whether our professionals are willing to work hard and manage the resources wisely, Privatization Commission Chairman Ben Micah said on Friday.

Speaking at the PNG Institute of Engineers meeting at the Islander Travelodge, he said all Papua New Guineans must be willing to work extra hard.

"If we are to achieve our mission (to privatize and corporatize state entities), we must have the proper management skills.

"We may have the skills and knowledge but lack of proper management can destroy everything.

"We must look at a perspective where we can do better than our neighboring Asian countries," Mr. Micah said.

He said privatization will give engineers more work, but would also present them with more opportunities.

"Privatization will open the floodgates for opportunities and the whole country looks to your (engineering) profession to improve the infrastructure to a level that can support the country's need for global competitiveness," he said.

Mr. Micah admitted that political interference has often made it impossible to select, implement or complete a project on the basis of technically sound and economically justifiable grounds.

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