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Consultations start on draft manufacturing policy

The draft manufacturing policy undertaken by the Department of Commerce and Industry held a two-day consultation beginning with the launching in Port Moresby yesterday.

Minister for Commerce and Industry, Henry Amuli, (pictured left) speaking at the launch, said the policy is a very important government document that will shape the future of the country’s manufacturing sector and pave the way for economic growth and prosperity.

While PNG continues to benefit from the windfalls generated from high commodity prices, PNG is also losing out on job opportunities, government tax revenue, and income-earning opportunities which are transferred abroad when raw resources are exported.

Mr Amuli said, thus, the agenda of adding value to the country’s natural resources and diversifying the economy has become more important at this time than before.

“The Department of Commerce and Industry is driving this government’s vision through this draft Manufacturing Policy.

Those of you identified as the key stakeholders must work together, we must ensure PNG to utilise its comparative advantage in our natural resources to fully industrialise our economy,” he said.

With the official launching, he encouraged all key stakeholders to fully participate in these consultations as it is an invaluable opportunity for all to leverage their collective wisdom and experience.

The perspectives, suggestions, and insights will help the Department of Commerce and Industry refines and enhances the draft policy, ensuring its relevance and effectiveness in meeting the demands of PNG’s manufacturing industry.

The discussions on this policy are currently being undertaken by the Department through regional stakeholders’ consultations.

This came after the National and Private Sector Consultations respectively held in Port Moresby. The department will be having regional workshops in major towns wof each region in the coming months. Dates will be made known once confirmed.

The department plans to have a final validation workshop by end of August.