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Local MP Disputes Madang Tuna Industry Park In Court Papua New Guinea, September 13, 12

Papua New Guinea’s K800 million Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project, a tuna industry park, will go before the Courts on the 24th of this month.

Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather said yesterday the case has been filed and that he was taking this case, on behalf of the people of Madang, with lawyer Tiffany Twivey- Nonggor already onto it.

Mr. Fairweather, went on FM 100 Radio Talk Back Show yesterday and later had an interview citing many reasons for the court challenge.

He said that the case was being disputed because of many reasons, the obvious being the destruction in fisheries, and the lagoon which would definitely be destroyed due to the seven fish canneries that are about to be built.

“I’ve been fighting this case for four years and I will not stop,” Mr. Fairweather said. This is a case for the Madang people whom I am supporting and I tell you, one main reason for me taking this to court is because of the fact that it will ruin the fisheries industry and specifically for Madang,” he said.

Mr. Fairweather said that he had the support also from Usino Bundi MP Anton Yagama and some sympathy from the leaders of Rai Coast. He however said that Madang Governor Jim Kas was over in the Philippines and he hoped it was not because of the PMIZ project.

The PNG Government planned to set up to 10 tuna canneries operating as part of the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone. The PMIZ was to be built by another Chinese company using funds loaned to PNG by the Chinese Export-Import Bank.

This was as a Special Economic Zone project which attracted the contractor, a Chinese investor as the major developer called Shenyang International Economic and Technical Cooperation.

The Government took a concessional loan from Exim Bank of China and the main condition for the loan was that 70 percent of the project would go exclusively to a Chinese developer since the establishment, the government made an initial investment of K28 million into the project and a further K44 million was allocated in the 2010 budget.