Western Highlands New Beginning

A project in Papua New Guinearsquo;s third city Mt. Hagen has drawn four former Prime Ministersas well asthe currentoand over forty thousand people.


It wasthe ground-breaking ceremony of a new Western Highlands provincial headquarters, to be constructed at over one hundred million kina.

A rare picture in Papua New Guineaoutside of Port Moresby;the gthering of allthe Prime Ministersofthe country sinceIndependence minus two – Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Paias Wingti,the current Prime Minister Peter O’Neill,the Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, and Sir Julius Chan. Missing were Sir Mekere Morauta who sent his apology and Sir Bell Skate (diseased).


About forty thousand packedthe Queen Elizabeth Park to seethe Prime Ministersand beatr withness tothe biggest project undertaken in Mt. Hagen,the Western Highlands Provincial Government Headquarters’.


The entry intothe park was grand, programmed in a way that each Prime Minister entered on his own.


The currenPM :eter O’Neill was given a rousing reception.



He saidthe future is normally built based onthe past.


The occasion wasthe ground breaking ceremony ofthe Provincial Government Headquarters’. That honour went tothe keynote speaker, Mr O’Neill.


The political and business sectors of Port Moresby were well represented on this occasion.


Fromthe construction stand point,the day belonged to one ofIndia’s biggest conglomerates, Essar, which will constructthe provincial government headquarters for over a hundred million kina.


It’s a modern state ofthe art nine storey complex that comes complete with an underground car park and a luxury unit atthe top.  A signature building that’ll be central to allthe decision making inthe Western Highlands province and set a new beginning for Mt. Hagen as Papua New Guinearsquo;s third largest city.


The head of EssaPNG, Prem Vardhana, saysthe building will be completed and handed over in 707 days.


The Project Manager is Kramer Ausenco. Its head Frank Kramer and Chairman, former Prime Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu were in attendance.


As construction begins, a four lane road that will part ofthe highlands highway from Kudjip in Jiwaka to Toguba turn-off to Mendi and Wabag is to begin.


Pictured: Four Former Prime Ministersand current Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in Mt. Hagen for the ground breaking ceremony of Western Highlands Province New Headquater.

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