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Subject: Re: Laigiam-Porgera Open Member: TCS/Porgera Mine Ltd

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Date Posted: Sat, Aug 16 2008, 01:04:42am
In reply to: larsen 's message, "Laigiam-Porgera Open Member: TCS/Porgera Mine Ltd" on Thu, Aug 14 2008, 02:53:22am

PJV has spent a staggering 560M PGK in the Hela region and under 160M PGK in Enga over the last 5 years. Does that tell you anything. Us Engans are weak people, we will never be like our Hela brothers. They took down about 20 power pylons in a week which crippled PJV for about 6 months. This has caused PJV to focus more in Hela region then the actual host province.

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Engan Lenge
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Date Posted: Sun, Aug 17 2008, 07:16:23am

Steve, May I kindly ask you to talk to the MP for Laiagam Porgera on this concern, please. This is truly important and that it seems Enga has been deprived due to lack of knowledge or just simply filling someones' pocket for the last decade.
The thoughtful suggestion to invest on the road infrastructure is important and that we need to get Placer/Barrick to fund road maintenance through the tax credit scheme. Placer/Barrick Ltd funded some sections of the highlands highway with so much into SHP. I would suggest EPG and the Open MP work together to get Placer/Barrick to upgrade and seal the Laiagam to Pogera Road. The Laiagam-Kandep-Magarima section of the Enga Highway is currently listed for funding under the ADB loan funded road projects for the highlands region. For this project to start, it requires counterpart funding from EPG and concerned Open MPs. The Laiagam-Kandep section had been delayed due to lack of counterpart funding from the EPG and concern open MPs. I can faciliate discussion between the EPG/Open MPs and the ADB loan funded project team to speed up if need be.

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Date Posted: Mon, Aug 18 2008, 07:55:48pm

Engan Lenge and all genuinely concerned citizens

I am currently in Tokyo but I do appreciate your concerns and take them with high regards. I will converse with the Member for Lagaip/Porgera upon my return this September.

However I must inform you that resources are scarce and we must attempt to prioritize areas that will be detrimental for OUR CITIZENS' long-term wellbeing. That is not to underestimate the usefulness and essence of road infrastructures because they ARE all important capital goods. However, the costs and long-term maintenance and repair can be so demanding that we must prioritize the main road networks that will be of use to an agriculture industry (i.e. pyrethrum, potatoe)if we are to create one. From MY knowledge, the Member has prioritized the maintenance of the Laiagam-Porgera and Sirunki-Laiagam roads which is part and partial of the Highlands Highway PLUS the creation and repair of feeder roads to bulk pyrethrum or potatoe growing areas (e.g. Yapai-Kindarep road).

Currently we are investing funds for an electricity plant in Laiagam that will generate power for our Australian contracted pyrethrum plant and a potatoe factory in Sirunki. Plus we have plans to start building Laiagam Secondary School in Mamale, and to partially fund a Digicel Mobile Tower. Other projects to be funded include mini-household plantation projects through respective resthouses and the utilization of DPI Laiagam and Porgera. Not to mention other needs for the health and law & order sector.

Ladies and gentlemen, resources are scarce and we must make good use of them however the main GOAL remains the same - the smooth transition and sustained livlihood of our people in the agro sector! The Tax Credit Scheme has been revised to ensure more funding is given to development policies and plans devised by the EPG and the Parliamentary Office of Lagaip/Porgera.

As best as I can, I will attempt to ensure all your greviences are addressed with due consideration and cooperation from other open MPs (i.e. Sam Abal, Don Polye).

With kind regards I remain your colleague.


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Date Posted: Tue, Aug 19 2008, 08:03:23am

Kaim Steve,
Very tangible project plans and I can't wait to see Laiagam restored to its former glory. Unfortunately we took one year planning and as far as roads are concern I want to help where possible to speed up things. The Suruki (Lam Bridge)-Laiagam section of Enga Highway is being tendered and will be funded by ADB. I'm happy to hear that our Open member will provide some counterpart funding to this project.

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