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

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Date Posted: Mon, Aug 18 2008, 07:55:48pm
In reply to: Engan Lenge 's message, "Re: Laigiam-Porgera Open Member: TCS/Porgera Mine Ltd" on Sun, Aug 17 2008, 07:16:23am

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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