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Papua New Guinea

Local contractors told to be competitive

THE Department of Works is considering more jobs for local contractors.

Minister for Works and Implementation Michael Nali said this during a signing of road projects with Koroba Kopiago to partner in managing the districts’ road projects.

“We have been awarding a lot of contracts to local contractors but we would like them to perform to standard. “Let’s not be told by critics that we have neglected our own people, we have good construction companies coming up, owned and managed by Papua New Guineans,” Mr Nali said.

He said the department is mindful of this and a lot of little jobs have been given to locals.

Mr Nali said the Highlands Highway road project about 30 per cent of projects are been given to local contractors and the Ialibu-Mendi road was sealed by a local company.

He urged local firms to spend time on the jobs given and produce quality outcome and be competitive.
Mr Nali said funding agencies such as Asian Development Bank have certain criteria and conditions in awarding contracts, therefore major contracts are not given to locals.

Works Secretary David Wereh said in major projects worth more than K10 million, 30 to 40 per cent sub contracts are going to Papua New Guinean contractors as part of the department provision and government content policy.

He said under Australian aid about, 64 small contractors have been built and under the government program and long term arrangement have been given to local contractors.

“Under various programs we are making Papua New Guineans become millionaires. We arrange different ways to see our locals participate.

“Opportunity has been given and the ball is in their court, we have to deliver projects in a timely manner within budgets,” said Mr Wereh.

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