NCD one city concept gains momentum

The National Capital District’s one city concept is slowly gaining momentum.

The idea ultimately aims to bridge the disparity that has existed in the city for the last 4 decades and to upgrade settlements to suburbs and modernise Motu-Koitabu villages.

This concept has been taken to the World Urban Forum discussion table in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop, project coordinators for the Settlement to Suburb Conversion Program and deputy city manager for regulatory services, Kenneth Atasoa, are currently in Malaysia to garner support to implement the settlements’ upgrading to suburbs.

The Port Moresby delegation are there to dialogue, network and develop ideas on how to transform Port Moresby  with modern amenities to create a city that is inclusive yet sustainable for the various tribes that are migrating there, including a city that is safe and peaceful.

Governor Parkop said an announcement declaring a ‘Safe City Zone’ within the city premises will be done soon.

At the moment, this Safe City Zone is still work in progress.

Parkop said he remains focused on delivering on key priority areas which are to upgrade all settlement to suburbs, modernising of the Motu Koita villages and creating a safe city for all.

The forum is held from the 7th to the 13th February, 2018.

Carolyn Ure