Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture

MP calls for Wafi-Golpu value proposition

Ross Seymour says the Province and its people have always supported the growth and development agenda of the country and economy, but they should not be taken for granted.

In a statement, the Huon MP said they need to know that the State is putting their interests first.

Seymour said: “History shows that Morobe Province and the people of Morobe have always been at the forefront of progressing development of Papua New Guinea well before the birth of our new united country in 1975 to the present day.

MOUs not binding: Garry

He said there are many instances of MOUs being signed all over the globe as nothing more than as a statement of intention.

He shared the sentiments following the signing of the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture MOU signing.

After the signing of the WGJV MOU between the project developers and the state there have been numerous statements against the signing.

Garry said an MOU is simply an action plan signed by proponents of a project and should not be legally binding.

“For major projects as such, it's not very unusual.”

Wafi-Golpu MOU signed

Newcrest Mining Limited and its Joint Venture partner Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) announced this on December 11th 2018.

In a statement released by Newcrest, the MOU establishes the framework for the parties to progress the permitting of the Wafi-Golpu Project as quickly as practicable in accordance with applicable regulatory processes.

Financial literacy skills for locals

Gender Development Officer, Cesley Aiong, said participants learned basic communication skills and approaches to use when negotiating for a win-win result, and on top of that they had training in crucial financial literacy like basic book keeping, banking and investment.

She said there were challenges the participants faced including time management and basic literacy skills.

However, some of them realised how important the adult literacy program that the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture runs was.

Tutudesks for elementary students

Responding to this need, the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture, through its Education Partnership Program, developed a desk that is portable, user-friendly and educational at the same time.

The Tutudesk initiative was launched at Wonkings Elementary School in the Babuaf area of Huon-Gulf District, Morobe Province.

Often with the little desks they have, priority is given to the upper primary school students.

For elementary school students, a piece of cardboard or plywood becomes their desk.

Wafi-Golpu SML application submitted to MRA

Bryan Bailie, the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture executive project director, and the project owner representatives Craig Jones and Johannes van Heerden, said that lodgement of the SML application represents a crucial milestone in progressing the Wafi-Golpu Project.

“The Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture has invested significant effort and resources to progress the Project exploration program and technical studies, and has engaged extensively with the local, provincial and national government, landowners and host communities and many other stakeholders,” said Bailie.