NEC appoints new MRA MD

The National Executive Council has appointed economic geologist and mining consultant, Jerry Garry, as the Managing Director of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA).

Hailing from Gumine District in Chimbu Province, Garry returns to PNG to take up the post after several years working in some of the most challenging countries in the world.

A function was held yesterday to welcome Garry.

The MRA hosted a function in Port Moresby to welcome Jerry Garry as the new MD for the MRA.

Present were Mining Minister, Johnston Tuke, Commerce and Industry Minister, Wera Mori, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister, William Samb, as well as Secretary for Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management (DMPGM), Harry Kore.

Industry representatives and staff of the MRA also attended to welcome the new MD.

Nathan Mosusu, who has been the acting MD over the last seven months thanked the Government for the opportunity and said he was ready to work with Garry.

During his 27 year career, Garry has worked as a consultant in eight different countries, including the war-torn countries of Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

In Sierra Leone he was instrumental in the construction of the country’s largest iron ore mine, while in Afghanistan he was the Deputy Team Leader of a group tasked with developing a capacity building program for the Ministry of Mines for the Afghan Government.

He said this appointment was the highest calling in his life.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured by the mandate, yet overwhelmed with joy to meet the m any challenges that lie ahead, because it has always been my burning desire to serve my nation, after being out of service to man countries around the world,” said Garry.

Garry highlighted short to long term goals he will look to implement during his tenure and called for the support of the MRA staff.

“I am grateful of inheriting a great team of managers and employees. We will work together very closely in discharging our constitutional duties and plan for greater programs with confidence,” Garry said.

Cedric Patjole