Major Infrastructure Projects In PNG Continue Despite Economy

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

$9.6 billion worth of construction ‘still in full swing’

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 11, 2016) – The Government’s estimated K30 billion [US$9.6 billion] major projects being carried out since 2013 under the Public Investment Program are still in full swing.

This is despite the current challenges facing the world economy, the acknowledged recovery remains are too weak and uneven, and are the recognised downside risks which Papua New Guinea is also facing.

Some of the projects include the K500 million [US$160 million] Gerehu General Hospital, the K500 million [US$160 million] Mount Hagen General Hospital, the K200 million [US$64 million] Angau Hospital, K40 million [US$13 million] Aitape wharf, the K300 million [US$96 million] Port Moresby Sewerage, the K200 million [US$64 million] Enga Hospital, the K200 million [US$64 million] Duran Farm, the K100 million [US$32 million] Mount Hagen Roads and Sewerage, the phase two of Mirigini House at K20 million and the Western Pacific University.

Other major Government major projects under the PIP program include the ongoing Highlands Highway Upgrade, the completed Lae Port Development Project, the Lae City Roads, POM City Roads, the National Broadband Network and the successful 2015 South Pacific Games and its venues.

The Central Supply and Tenders Board was asked to detail the other major projects that are currently under scrutiny this year which includes the K600 million National Court House but chairman Phillip Eledume could not detail the latter. However, he added that for the major Court House project, the process was complete and was before the National Executive Council.

Post Courier has been reliably informed that the PIP, aimed at ensuring that high quality investments were completed within a set time period and delivered on their intended outcomes and impacts.

These projects under the PIP program lay a foundation through the first of five successive Budgets to "Grow PNG’s Future" sustainably and our Government recognises the responsibility of beginning to invest in a truly sustainable future and this details the key investment priorities of the O’Neill-led Government to effectively implement the Alotau Accord, and achieve the targets in the MTDP and PNGDSP to achieve middle income country status by 2030.

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The O'Neill-Dion government has done the right thing by investing heavily in impact projects like wharves (Lae & Port Moresby), major roads and others which will underpin the growth of our economy in the years to come and when our non-renewable extractive natural resources like minerals and oil/gas are depleted. The proceeds from the non-renewable resources will have to be invested in impact projects that will help to sustain the economy in the future and where future generations will continue to benefit from such infrastructure. We have to think big and act big by investing in very big projects which will uphold /sustain the economy in the future. The O'Neill-Dion government has started along this pathway. All future governments will have to continue along that path if we are to attain middle income status as a nation in 2030.

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