Ok Tedi: Way Forward
The National Executive Council has set up a mediation team to work on the way forward for Ok Tedi Mine.
This will include direct shareholding by landowners of Ok Tedi and the restructure of PNG Sustainable Development Program.
The mediation team will be headed by Public Service Minister, Sir Puka Temu.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill revealed this when meeting with landowners of the Ok Tedi Mine today.
It was after a closed door meeting at Crown Plaza, in Port Moresby that the media was asked to attend the media conference.
Landowners from the community mine continuation agreement areas and the mine region have finally agreed to work in collaboration with the government to formulate a plan on the future of PNGSDP and Ok Tedi shareholding.
After weeks of attacking the government for taking over Ok Tedi shares, landowners have agreed to go through a mediation process.
The Prime Minister said the process does not have a certain time frame, but will be concluded as soon as possible.
“…we have agreed that the landowners must have direct shareholding in the Ok Tedi mine because the benefits must go directly to them and not through any other agency.” The Prime Minister said.
Mr O’Neill has promised landowners that they will be direct shareholders.
PNGSDP will be restructured so as to benefit the people directly.
Landowners have agreed to cooperate with the mediation team.
“…this meeting has outlined and given us a good indication that we will actually work together with our government to see the changes within the OK Tedi operations and… within PNG Sustainable (Development Program) and the subsidiaries… it is good to hear that there is a team in place… who will be working in the best interests of the people of Western Province… ” , said a landowner spokesman.
Mr. O’Neill stressed that his government does not have any interest in managing PNGSDP, but is focused on making sure that it delivers to the people of Western Province.