Stephen Kapusa Kyakala
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Date Posted: Sun, Dec 03 2006, 01:45:18am
Kaims & Pimas,
I'm campaigning early on behalf of my father (Philip Kikala) for the Lagaip/Porgera Open seat 2007 because I believe in him. I never fully appreciated what my father was up to in politics as PNG's Top Bureaucrat (National Planning Secretary 2000-2003), until recently (when I, myself, am doing a Doctoral degree in Economic Development at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.)
PK seems very popular nowadays but I would like to ask for your moral support! A vote for PK is a vote for Agriculture Development. PK is the author of the Nucleo Enterprise Agriculture Policy currently utilized insufficiently by the incumbent Somare goverment. The goal of the policy is to mobilize national resources (i.e. labour, capital-land, finance, fertilizer) in order to utilize vast estates of land in PNG and expand agricultural harvest by providing village landowners with capital such as fertilizers, machinery, etc.. Greater harvest and attempts to establish communication and markets through recognized retailer outlets or crop buyers is essential to boost the sale of agricultural commodities (e.g. coffee, tea, pyrethrum) for sale to international markets. How to achieve this efficient and long-term planning using foreign bilateral/multilateral aid sources (e.g. Asian Development Bank) is a challenge and requires intelligent and visionary insight.
Here in rich countries such as Japan, FOOD SECURITY is a major concern and the Japanese (or other richer country consumers) are very conscious of the food quality recieved from untrusted developing countries such as China. They believe products from such countries i(e.g. China) involve too much chemicals such as chemically enhanced pesticides that tend to ruin the quality of natural food crops, and hence, may affect their (the Japanese) health. Imagine the money PNG could make in terms of millions of dollars, or the incomes for rural people (like our unemployed youths and relatives) if we could create an active and productive agricultural workforce with complementary market networks in our rural areas! Imagine how many Engans in POM, Lae and Mt. Hagen would return back to their villages and homelands to grow crops!! (I HAVE A VISION!!)
Why do we have rapid urbanization in POM, Lae and suburban cities when really gold can be discovered on our own tribal land?? What will we as local communities do when the unsustainable mineral and petroleum industry in Porgera Gold, Lihir Gold, OK Tedi Mines, Kutubu Oil, and Ramu Nickel shut down?? What next?? Do we loose our jobs only to return to unused land and live in impoverished conditions where our children cry begging for food each day! Remember, overpopulation and pollution is also a problem for both rural and urban areas in PNG!
People, we need visionary leaders like PK to lead this nation. He is a Honors Economics graduate from UPNG with two Masters degrees in Economics (England-Norwich Uni) and Rural Development (Canada-Carleton Uni). He has the planning experience at the national level and international to lead this nation. You are leaving the country in the safest hands by giving him your vote!
So before you write that number 1 in the ballot paper, think about what's best for yourselves, our people and country for the long and short term! Either we be beggers or income-earners on our own land! As an intellectual like PK, I ask you to vote for none other than Mr. Philip Kikala for Lagaip/Porgera Open 2007!! He has the experience, knowledge and wisdom to lead our electorate, MORE than any of our former and previous MPs of Lagaip/Porgera!
Stephen P. Kikala, BEcB-UPNG, PostGrad-Commerce, MBA-Waseda Uni
(Current PhD student in Economic Development & Infrastructure 2005 - 2008)
Waseda University, Tokyo (JAPAN)
PS: As the first born, I am 26 years old (born: Jan. 4, 1980) so you can imagine how young my father is and how much maturity, and experience he has to lead. I thank GOD than my father for my achievements in life!!!
PSS: I'll be hot on the campaign trail in Laiagam/Porgera during June 2007. So it would be good to catch up with any of you likeminded citizens of Lagaip/Porgera!
(My e-mail address is enclosed.)
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