Lambom Health Center Expansion Progressing Well

With the contractor, Islands Building and Maintenance, making significant strides towards completion. Two staff houses, integral to the extension, are currently under construction.

The workmen have commenced laying the foundations with the project well on track for timely completion, with both the observation ward and staff houses slated for delivery by early January 2024.

ENBPA plans legal unit expansion

Deputy ENB Provincial Administrator for Corporate Services, Marakan Uvano, expressed this at the recent workshop on law-making, hosted by the Provincial Autonomy Committee Secretariat.

He said the workshop has prompted the ENBPA to consider the expansion, and there should be a program to assist in this matter.

“Gone are the days when our cultural structures and institutions were able to manage our people and communities. Today these institutions are being questioned, as we have law and order issues,” Uvano said.

Harmony commits to K12m exploration program

This is part of the company’s expansion plans

The investment shows the confidence the company has in the gold price and its capacity to expand in PNG.

In an interview with Business Advantage PNG, Chief Executive Officer, Jahannes Van Heerden, says “With so much global economic uncertainty, gold will retain its appeal as a store of value. We will take a measured view on any investment’s decent returns.”

Harmony aims to produce 1.5 million ounces of gold within the next there years at a cost of $950 per ounce.

Forum expansion unlocks new questions

RNZ reports the Forum was set up in 1971 to counter the influence of the major colonial powers, but with French Polynesia and New Caledonia added at this year's summit, France has effectively become a member of the body.

This raises questions about whether other territories in the region, such as Tokelau, American Samoa or Guam should now be included.

The director of the Pasifika Centre at Massey University, Malakai Koloamatangi, said the move had opened a lot of avenues that had seemed closed in the past.