Member for Okapa, Saki Hacky Soloma, said this when welcoming O’Neill and his delegation, who are on a two-day visit through the Eastern Highlands and Madang provinces.
The same sentiments were echoed by Member for Kainantu and Minister for Mining, Johnson Ibo Tuke, speaking for the other district Members in the province.
The first stop on the trip is to officially launch the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership.
An outcome from Papua New Guinea’s hosting of APEC in 2018, the Electrification Partnership will connect 70 percent of the nation’s population to power by the year 2030.
The power expansion through rural and remote areas will be accompanied by a roll-out of internet connectivity.
The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership is being undertaken together with the governments of Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.