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  1. Shane P Ila
    Nov 07 - 3:16 pm

    The PNG government headed by Peter O’Neil must come out clearly and state what strategy it has in place to justify the expropriation of OTML from PNGSDP:-
    1) It must explain how will the Western Province people benefit more from the expropriation of the shares held by PNGSDP under a new structure?

    2) It must explain to PNGeans, how will the government resolve the issue of the discharge of the mine tailings into the Ok Tedi and Fly River systems.

    3) It must explain to PNGeans the programs it will put in place to better the lives of the 100,000 plus people of Western Province, in terms of social, environmental & economic development.

    The PNG Government must show the people of PNG and foreigners that its decision to expropriate OTML from PNGSDP was not based on a “knee jerk” reaction to source funds to plug the budget deficit or repay the USD6.0 billion loan from China’s Exim Bank! (OTML is a cash cow we all know that) The only way the government can get its hands on the 63.4% dividends and the Long Term USD1.0 billion future generation fund in Singapore is to expropriate OTML from PNGSDP. The arguement that “it is for the best interest of the Western Province people” could well be a smoke screen to fool PNGeans and the people of Western Province. The PO government must come up with facts to show that PNGSDP did not deliver to the people of Western Province and the mine landowners what it was mandated to do or provide under its Trust Deed/Constitution, since the exit of BHP Billiton. In the absence of hard evidence from the government, one can deduce that the PO government has a hidden agenda! What will the PO governement do for the people of western Province, that both PNGSDP and BHP Billiton has not already done?

  2. Ian Kuta
    Aug 09 - 3:34 pm

    The PNGSDP started when Sir Mekere Moraut was then the Prime Minister of PNG. Back then why didn’t he findout about BHP’s involvement in PNGSDP?? And know the days Government wants to take full owner ship of the mine. If the Government takes over then the I strongly believe that the Government must not involve itself too much in the decision making. OTML has made alot of income for PNG and has a good reputation for producing qualified individuals in PNG and overseas. I strongly think that OTML must be run by independent body who can report to the government of the day

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