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Subject: Nationalise Engan land

Mangi nating
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Date Posted: Wed, May 02 2007, 10:23:35am

I heard talk of a proposal to nationalise Engan land and make it available for industry and business and foreign real estate. Compensation would be the order of the day. But I cannot locate the source of this information, only that it emanated from the office of the governor. Is Ipatas spreading rumours?

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[> Subject: Re: Nationalise???

Sikita, Tomape
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Date Posted: Wed, May 02 2007, 12:51:45pm

Don't understand 'nationalise' in the context in which it is being used. Normally, nationalisation occurs in a situation where land and business is taken away from private ownership by government for the purported purpose of promoting social jsutice for the citizens of a country. Robert Mugambe's government in Zimbabwe is an example of one that went on a massive nationalisation exercise.

Land remains PNG's most underutilised economic resource. Any plan or move to utilise the land for commerical reasons while retaining harmony with cultural land ownerhsip values would certainly be a welcome news. One writer states that cultural land ownership in PNG and all other Melanesian nations is an entrenched obstacle to development. The Governor could be assisted in constructing formal devices that will safeguard the ownership rights of landowners but at the same time land is made available for productive purposes where landowners could also benefit.

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