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Date Posted: Sat, Jul 12 2008, 06:30:09pm


Pressure grows on PNG government to probe logging deals

Posted at 06:49 on 03 July, 2008 UTC

Pressure is growing on the Papua New Guinea government to investigate allegations that a government minister has taken 40 million US dollars from logging deals.

The paper, The Post Courier, reported the money is being kept in two Singapore accounts and managed by a consortium for the unnamed minister, who allegedly took 2.1 per cent on every log exported since 2002.

Megan Whelan reports.

“Dorothy Tekwie, who is Greenpeace’s forest campaigner for Australia and the Pacific, says the prime minister Sir Michael Somare has been talking to the international about his commitment to conserve forests. She says if he is genuine about his commitment, he needs to immediately and urgently appoint an independent international investigator. Transparency International says the allegation is disgraceful, and if the story is true, it takes corruption in PNG from moderate to world class levels. In a statement, the opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta, says the report should have prompted an immediate reaction from the Government.”

http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=40722
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/admin/image-library2/dorothy-tekwie-forest-campaign
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=40698

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Date Posted: Sat, Jul 12 2008, 07:10:34pm

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Date Posted: Sat, Jul 12 2008, 09:19:27pm

Nice video....very interesting..

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Date Posted: Sat, Jul 12 2008, 09:36:10pm

if the rumour is true, the government should be pressed to investigate it and allow the laws of the State, without prejudice, punish those involved accordingly if found guilty. it is a major issue for all the provinces in which logging is being/had been undertaken and thus, their log rent funds been diverged to Singapore.

a major issue of concern to enga is the porgera gold mine. has such deceiving arragments been made. have the engans been misled. should this be an issue for the engans. though tonnes of million of kinas are poured into the accounts of the provincial and national government by the mine, there is very title development in enga. does this implie that the funds are saved in banks and/or invested in investment portfolios for the future enga generations, which I think is a good alternative.

finally, do the engans deserved to be informed of every toea recieved and expended by the provincial govenment? i think all engans deserved to be informed of every toea from the mine.

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