Maru confident to host consultative summit

The Minister for Planning and Implementation, Richard Maru, is confident the National Planning Consultative Summit will be successful.

The Summit aims to seek wide stakeholder input and also vital input of global experts on many of our development challenges. This is to assist the government formulate our new Medium Term Development Plan 2018-2022.

In a media briefing yesterday (March 7), Maru said many sponsors have shown interest in supporting the Summit and pledged their commitment.

Maru also announced that international experts will come from India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and other countries in the region.

“Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will be officially opening the Summit.”

He added that the event is limited to only 400 spaces and strict criteria will be used to select participants.

So far the gold sponsors are the Morobe Provincial Government and the European Union.

Silver sponsors include BSP, NDB, Mainland Holdings, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd, LR Group, National Fisheries Authority, UNDP and the National Plantation Management agency.

The three-day Summit will begin in March 20.

(Minister for Planning and Implementation, Richard Maru – Filepic)

Freddy Mou