According to premier Fr Brown Beu, the plan to build an international seaport in the province has been there for years but it has been a failure for years.
The seaport is planned to be built at
Gracious Bay and is a National Government funded project.
Fr Beu said negotiation with landowners to
pave the way for the project has already taken place.
He said this was to allow the
provincial government to register the area where the port would be built.
“A 30 days notice has been issued to
make sure no dispute occurs when ground work starts,” Fr Beu said.
The premier said once the 30 days
notice lapse, and then work on registering the land should take place paving
way for actual ground work to start.
Fr Beu added that building the
international seaport was part of the province's preparation towards the trade
link agreement with Vanuatu.
“Such infrastructure will point out
our preparation towards our trade link agreement and we are committed to
fulfill our partnership with Vanuatu,” the premier said.
The premier pointed out that although
the project would be a National Government funded project, they have received
assurance from investors to provide assistance.
“This has given us a positive sign to
implement the project for the benefit of our people."
“Although completion of the project will not happen overnight we want to make sure that we kick start the ground work soon," Fr Beu added.
By Jennifer Kakai
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