The Minister for Public Enterprises, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today National Executive Council had approved the
adoption of Immigration and Customs processes for the K700-million Lae Port project.
NEC’s decision means the Lae Port Project will go ahead under the procedures laid down for the PNG LNG
Project at the Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
“This is a critical project for the Momase and Highlands regions, and by applying a similar process approved for
PNG LNG, we can cut red tape and fast-track work,” Sir Mekere said.
“The arrangement will cover both the Construction Supervision Consultant, Korean Engineering Consultant
Corporation, and the Civil Works Contractor, China Harbor Engineering Company.”
NEC also approved an extension of the temporary importation period from 12 months to 30 months for China
Harbor Engineering’s construction equipment.
This means that equipment brought in temporarily under duty-free arrangements can remain in PNG for the full
three years of construction.
Sir Mekere said NEC’s decision recognised that the project was of special significance both nationally and within
the Highlands and Momase regions.
“Congestion and inefficiencies at the existing Lae waterfront have increased costs across the region and
nationally, and have been an impediment to economic growth and national development,” he said.
“The project – including a tidal basin, a berth and a terminal – will help to lower import costs and therefore the
price of goods and services.
“It will also help to increase the competitiveness of Momase-Highlands exports to the rest of Papua New Guinea
Work on the project, funded 70 percent by the Asian Development Bank and 30 percent by the National
Government, is expected to finish towards the end of 2015.
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