Official warns against selling land to foreigners

An official of the East New Britain Provincial Government has reiterated the call to stop land sales to foreigners.

The advisor of commerce to the provincial government, Henry Tavul, said: “Kokopo is almost sold out”.

He was speaking during the Bank South Pacific’s second road show in the province on Saturday.

During his presentation, he also made reference to the continuous influx of Asians into the province. Tavul advised the locals to be rational and not try to quickly remove the Asians.

“Slowly but surely, let’s replace them because if we do it quickly, we will suffocate our people,” he warned.

According to Tavul, locals can only remove Asians when they are truly prepared to own and persevere in running businesses of their own. 

Fiona Silo