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State successfully ends consultations on Porgera CDA

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The Porgera Mining Project Community Development Agreement (CDA) consultation process which began on Monday September 4 in Alotau, was successfully concluded yesterday.

Chairman of the consultative meeting Harry Kore, said the process went according to plan.

He said the plan was to bring all the landowner groups, impacted communities and stakeholders to one location, to enable each stakeholder through their duly nominated leaders, to present their position papers freely without fear or any form of intimidation.

Position papers are documents that outline the landowners’ and impacted communities’ development aspirations and plans, which will form the basis for the CDA negotiations going forward.

The position papers were presented to the Mining Minister Sir Ano Pala as follows:

· Special Mining Lease (SML): Presented by the Chairman of the Porgera Landowners Association (PLOA) Tony Mark Ekepa.

· Lease for Mining Purposes: Presented by the Interim Chairman of the Association Timothy Andambo ·Mining Easement (ME): Presented by Philip Mungalo

· Mining Lease (ML): Presented by Gideon Karipe
· Hides-Porgera Power Line: Presented by Ekamari Ekanjia and Alfred Andapanga ·
Riverine communities from the Enga and Western Provinces’ Porgera/Strickland River, and the West Sepik’s Telefomin District: Presented by Peter Papo
· The Western Provincial Government: Presented by Governor Taboi Yoto
· West Sepik Provincial Administration: Presented by Member for Telefomin, Solan Mirisim and Governor, Tony Wouwou.

Mr Pala assured the landowners that the government was committed to ensuring that the process going forward was efficiently managed to make sure that the National Government listens to all their concerns in order to make justifiable decisions on the benefit distribution that is acceptable and one that every stakeholder can live with.

The State Team will travel to Wabag next week and Tari the following week, to receive position papers from the Enga and Hela Provincial Governments.
The receipt of all the position papers from each stakeholder will effectively conclude the Development Forum. The State Team has commenced developing a matrix that will contain all position papers, in preparation for the commencement of the CDA negotiation going forward.