PNG PM To Launch Construction Of Pacific Marine Industrial Zone

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Phase 1 of major Madang port project to cost $95 million

By Rosalyn Albaniel

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 24, 2015) – Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is set to arrive in Madang tomorrow (Tuesday) to officially launch the construction phase of the government's multi-million kina Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project.

He is due in Madang soon after he delivers his keynote address to the PNG Ming and Petroleum conference which gets underway in Port Moresby also tomorrow (Tuesday).

The launching had initially been scheduled for Monday however had to be put off at the 11th hour due to Mr O'Neill's late arrival from Manilla from the APEC leaders’ summit. The PM arrived yesterday afternoon in Port Moresby.

On arrival in Madang he will be received at the Madang Airport by a host of government heavies including Trade Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru, Petroleum Minister and Madang MP Nixon Duban, Fisheries Minister Mao Zeming, China's Ambassador to PNG Li Ruiyo, Madang Governor Jim Kas and the people of Madang.

He is expected to lead an entourage under police escort to the project site at Vidar where he will deliver his keynote address and perform the rites to launch the construction phase.

While also at Vidar the PM is expected to lead a reconcilliation ceremony that will take place between the plantiffs who had earlier been aggrieved over issues relating to the project.

Phase-one of the project will cost the government US$95million (from Government and China EximmBank). Major capital works will include 276 meter container port with a capacity to take berthage of 40,000 dead weight tonnage vessel,167 meter long gishing port with capacity to take 0 perseine vessels simultaneously, internal roads, power, water and waste treatment systems and office building.

Work will be carried out China Shenyang International Techinal Economic Corporation.

Meanwhile, reports from locals on the ground yesterday and ahead of the PM's visit are that some still to be aggrieved over the project.

Locals said a church service at the Holy Spirit Cathedral was reportedlly disruppted by locals aggrieved that the land which had been given to tge church which will house the project had not been returned to them and instead given to the state.

They are urging the Catholic Church to intervene on their behalf.

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