REVAMPED PORT MORESBY HOTEL HAILED AS POSITIVE SIGN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Aug. 27) – Papua
New Guinea must support "positive and long-term" businessman and women
who can look beyond the present "hurdles".

Deputy Prime Minister Allan Marat said this at the opening of
the Hideaway Hotel and Convention Center, formerly the Budget Inn, in Port
Moresby last night.

Dr Marat said what we need now is a "genuine
partnership" between the business sector and the government, stay focused
and ensure bureaucrats in the civil service carry out and implement government
directives, polices and plans under the medium-tern development strategy (MTDS).

He said the official availability of the new facilities may
appear insignificant for many, by way of another lot of accommodation for the
city residents, but for the government in terms of impact on business,
especially hospitality business and the economy, it is significant and
encouraging.

"It is significant because it is taking place at a time
when the so-called 'experts' and 'doomsayer economists' are branding this
country as a 'failed' State or 'about to collapse' nation," he said.
"The opening of the refurbished and extended facilities defy those
doomsayers. The owners and managers of these establishment and those investors
behind them defy these pessimists, and emphatically say that, 'no PNG is not,
and is not about to become a failed State."

National entrepreneur Joe Holloway has over the years built up
his business operations to include an entertainment center at Lizard Lounge, the
Ponderosa Family Hotel, and the new Hideaway Hotel. He employs more than 200
workers at the 130-room hotel.

August 27, 2003

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