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Patrick Pruaitch resigns as PNG foreign affairs Minister
04:51 am GMT+12, 25/11/2020, Papua New Guinea

Aitape Lumi MP and Leader of the National Alliance Party, Patrick Pruaitch has resigned as Papua New Guinea Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
 
In a statement Pruatich said the closure of the Porgera Mine since April has impacted PNG export revenues, government revenue, and the lives of thousands of retrenched mine workers.  
 
He said numerous landowner groups and other PNG companies, that provided goods and services, are also suffering.  
 
Pruatich said the government has shown incompetence in the way it handled Porgera.
 
He claims the Petroleum Minister is ramming through legislative amendments to introduce Production Sharing Contracts for future mining and petroleum projects.
 
Pruaitch said when foreign investors come to PNG to invest in mining, agriculture or other activities PNG needs to provide a level playing field while ensuring that significant benefits flow into PNG and provide a platform for people to participate and prosper.
 
He said this will not happen while Porgera remains shut and agriculture production and exports continue their downward slide.
 
Attempts to get comments from the Prime Minister were unsuccessful.

SOURCE: NBC PNG/PACNEWS

 


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