$1.5 MILLION NEW IRELAND FISH PLANT STANDS IDLE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Mar. 17) - The K5 million (US$1.5 million) Kavieng Seafood Processing Facility in Papua New Guinea’s New Ireland province has been idle since it was built five months ago, a major loss of revenue says the region’s parliamentary representative.

Kavieng Member of Parliament Martin Aini said yesterday that the National Fisheries Authority should have a management team in place to manage the facility.

Mr Aini was speaking at a Community Development Forum for Ward 3 in the Tikana LLG at Kaplaman village.

"I suspect that somebody with the National Fisheries Authority is in collaboration with a company or a person with vested interest in the seafood processing plant," he said.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation and any decision made not in the interest and desires of the people of Kavieng will be vigorously exposed and opposed."

Mr Aini said the plant has been lying idle since it was built and opened in November 2003 but very little attempt has been made to get the project operating.

He said he was concerned with the lack of response and direction from the NFA.

March 18, 2004

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