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January 26, 2021
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Porgera MOA Benefits

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Porgera landowners living within the Special Mining Lease area will be resettled with housing and all infrastructural needs provided.

This was one of the three resolutions reached by parties to the Porgera Mine Project Memorandum of Agreement review.

 

The other two include the business development and grant assistance and women in mining and grant assistance.

 

These resolutions were reached at the review that was held in Kokopo, East New Britain this week.

 

The parties, which are Porgera Landowners Association, Enga Provincial Government and the State, resolved that the State, developer Barrick PNG Limited and the Enga provincial government will immediately initiate the process of resettling landowners.

 

The government agency leading this exercise will be the department of provincial and local level government  which will provide a submission to the National Executive Council to approve funding the exercise.

 

On the issue of business development, it was resolved that the state will seek directions on whether the grant will be provided or not, since there is no policy framework providing for such.

 

The Chairman of the review meeting and Secretary of the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards management, said the meeting had achieved encouraging outcomes.

 

The parties also agreed that the state consider the proposal by women landowners as a clause in the MOA.

 

In this proposal women are seeking assistance from government for women within the SML and impacted communities.

 

Another benefit successfully negotiated at the review was the transfer of Paiam Hospital to the Enga Provincial Health Authority.

 

The MOA review, which started on Monday, concluded today.

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