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October 18, 2021

Concerns Raised On Manus Asylum Centre Contracts

Concerns have been raised aboutthe processes involved withthe awarding of contracts tothe Manus Asylum Centre.


The concerns were raised bythe CEO Manufacturing Council oPNG, Chey Scoverll.

Sincethe establishment ofthe centre, Mr Scoverll saidthe tenders for certain contracts were not publicised inthe media as appropriate.


The apparent secondary role played bythPNG Immigration Office is also a concern in making processes to award and authorize contracts.


The ther issue raised in thatPNG tends to be given options inthe agreements rther than being treated as a decision making partner inthe deal.


“There’s been a couple of contracts led very quickly,there’s been a lot of concern thatthere hasn’t been advertising or opportunities inthe newspapers,” said Scoverll.

Another concern was thatolocals were not given priority inthe awarding of contracts; and thatthere were foreigners using locals to secure contracts.


“That shouldn’t come atthe expense of Papua New Guinea firms and businesses from being given an opportunity to participate inthe process,” Scoverll said.


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