PNG Thanks China
By : Post Courier
China assists national government in development
The Government has thanked the Government of China for its continued development assistance to Papua New Guinea.
National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru, met Chinese Ambassador, Xue Bing, this week and thanked the Chinese government for its support through its development aid program.
Mr Maru is also responsible for development assistance with responsibilities comprising the mobilisation of development assistance from other countries.
He acknowledged the recent support of the government of China to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force when it gave 62 military vehicles, worth K17.5 million.
He said the government of PNG will be requesting further financial assistance from China for the upgrade of roads, the upcoming APEC leaders’ summit which will be hosted in the country on 2018.
“This is especially for the city roads in Port Moresby and the convention centre.
“For APEC we are also seeking further assistance for the PNG Defence Force through their civil action program,” Mr Maru said.
He has also supported calls by the Rai Coast district in Madang Province – host of the Ramu Sugar project and the wharf and processing plant for the world-class Ramu Nickel mine – to appeal to the Chinese government to focus some of its development aid into the district.
“Our Government is keen to see the development of the road from Erima junction to Saidor station including building bridges across the rivers from Erima to the station”, he said.
With the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project being built by a Chinese company, minister Maru is also requesting for China to fund more economic development projects to help build the economy of for the province.