Renovated PNG Government Office Building Reopened

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

Upgrades to ‘Pineapple Building’ cost $45 million

By Malum Nalu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March 31, 2016) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday opened the K140 million [US$45 million] Central Government Office Building, saying the country needed such a facility to showcase itself to the world.

In January, he opened the K90 million [US$29 million] Sir Manasupe Haus (Pineapple Building) across the road, which houses the offices of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council.

O’Neill said PNG, like many countries in the world, needed a centre of government. "Parliament is not a centre of government. It is the centre of the legislative assembly. The other arm of government is the judiciary where the court house is," he said.

"But the Government’s home centre has been played everywhere in Port Moresby.

"That is why we are determined to bring the centre of government back to Waigani."

O’Neill said that outcomes of the "magnificent work" of the developer Central Land Limited were there for everyone to see. "You can see the outcomes of the magnificent work that they have done," O’Neill said.

[PIR editor’s note: On March 31, 2016 The National reported that ‘Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says he is determined to stop the hiring of privately-owned buildings to accommodate Government offices.’]

He said the careers of many Papua New Guineans started in the building.

"Some have gone on to play leading roles in our country, including that of holding the office of the Prime Minister," O’Neill said.

He said he had spent many years in Waigani, including five years as minister for public service and five years as PM.

The building was built in 1974.

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