By PATRICK TALU in
MINING Minister John Pundari says he wants to see
He told mining investors at the mining and petroleum conference in
Pundari told the conference he was looking at the prospects of preparing necessary legislation for the National Executive Council to pave way for the refinery to be constructed.
“For far too long, the government and people of Papua
“I want to provide the leadership in supporting the establishment of an internationally accredited gold refinery operation in PNG, through public-private partnership, to process all gold mined in PNG.
“I believe that we are mere custodians of the collective wealth of our nation,” Pundari said.
He reaffirmed Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare’s earlier address that the government
had committed itself to a complete review and overhaul of the mineral policy legislation to ensure the interest of all stakeholders, including the people, within the resources sector were protected and that optimal benefit were gained from the extraction of PNG’s mineral resources.
Pundari said he also wanted to provide leadership by creating a level playing field for all players within the mining sector and deliver a robust strategic plan to bring onstream advanced and prospective projects as soon as possible.
He reiterated that he would encourage state-owned entities, such as Petromin, to exercise greater state equity option in the new mines coming on stream and to be involved more in new explorations.
The three-day mining conference will end today.