Newly installed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government has promised Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to meet all commitments made bythe Rudd government onthe Regional Processing Centre in Manus Province.
The two prime ministers met for the first time in Beli,Indonesia duringthe 2013 APEC Meeting.
They had a special meeting and discussed issues concerning Ok Tedi andthe Manus Regional Processing Centre.
The two Prime Ministersagreed to keep allthe commitments outlined bythe Rudd government.
Meanwhile, yesterdaythe Australian High Commission in PNG released fact sheets onthe progress ofthe social, economic and infrastructural developments andthe funding allocated for each.
The fact sheet reported thatthe national government provided 18.5 million kina tothe Manus Provincial Government to carry out some ofthe projects. Australia is said to exceed this.
Forthe Lorengau hospital, preparations are underway to bring in new medical equipmentorenovatethe water system for the dental clinic, and development of a master plan for a full on renovation project.
Construction has already commenced in some ofthese schools.
It was also reported, local communities have been engaged to carry outthe construction phase; each has been paid thirty thousand kina.
ther projects includethe Manus market roofing, community grants for youth activities, road works andthe upgrading ofthe Lombrum naval base.
It was also reported, so far sixty national companies are operating in Manus; ten ofthem are locally-owned.
A total of 287 locals are employed atthe processing centre, 500 recruited and trained by security company G4S to provide security, and 160 expected to be stationed inthe second processing centre in East Lorengau.
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