1 Mar 2012

PNG PM announces raft of funding projects for West Sepik

8:11 pm on 1 March 2012

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced more than 66 million US dollars for infrastructure projects in West Sepik.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Mr O'Neill made the commitment when he and half his cabinet visit the province.

Included in the commitments is funding for the upgrade and extension of Vanimo airport, as well as the upgrade of key roads and bridges.

Mr O'Neill says a promise by the Somare government for seven million US dollars to Vanimo High School will finally be honoured.

He also says the Vanimo General Hospital will get funding made possible by the sale of the goverment's Falcon jet.

Mr O'Neill has also launched a new 57 million dollar oil palm project in West Sepik.

The Bewani Oil Palm Development project covers 54,000 hectares and is being run by Malaysian firm, the Prosper Group.

The project, which includes a bio-diesel plant, has been granted a 10-year tax holiday.