JOB SECURITY FOR LOCALS PROMOTED
Having learnt from its past mistakes, PNG Government is preparing the country to meet the demand for skilled labour for the next LNG projects.
“The Marape Government is pushing for Papua New Guinean school leavers to be picked up and trained as welders and tradesmen for the construction industry,” Prime Minister James Marape said in a media statement today.
PM Marape said this should be done instead of bringing thousands of foreigners for jobs nationals can do.
He alluded to construction of the PNG LNG Project a decade ago when the country was flooded with thousands of foreign workers as the country did not have the trained manpower
“My government has K10 million set aside to train school leavers for jobs in the Papua LNG construction and later for P’ngyang LNG,” he said.
PM Marape said this on Tuesday (January 11 2021) when farewelling outgoing Vice-President of TotalEnergies EP Asia-Pacific, Mr Javier Rielo Senior.
PM Marape farewelled Mr Rielo and welcomed his replacement, Mr Julien Pouget.
“It was a pleasure working with Mr Rielo and progressing the Papua LNG Project, ” he said.
“Since 2019, we have developed a strong rapport with TotalEnergies under Mr Rielo’s leadership and guidance. ”.
PM Marape welcomed Mr Rielo’s remarks that the Papua LNG Project was on track with Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) in 2022 and Final Investment Decision (FID) in late 2023.
“The Government, on behalf of all stakeholders, will support developers to achieve key project milestones,” he said.
Mr Rielo came to Port Moresby to say farewell to the Government of PNG and key stakeholders.