18 May 2018

PNG landowners and loggers to re-negotiate deal

From , 5:04 am on 18 May 2018

The subsidiary of a major Malaysian company has agreed in mediation to renegotiate land deals in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain.

Gilford Ltd, which is wholly owned by Rimbunan Hijau, has been in negotiation with landowners over the Sigite Mukus project, with the assistance of the Catholic Archdiocese.

The company, through a Special Agricultural and Business Lease, had been harvesting trees and planting oil palms in three of the four areas, which together total more than 55,000 hectares.

Work at the fourth area, Sigite Unung, had not begun.

Archbishop Francesco Panfilo told Don Wiseman the landowners got all they had sought from the mediation.

Harvested logs in PNG

Harvested logs in PNG Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades