Kokopo-Rabaul development project
The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will commence planning of road, airport, water supply and power construction in East New Britain at a cost of US$2 million.
This is part of the Kokopo-Rabaul Infrastructure development plan.
Transportation and Infrastructure development is critical for the country. The signing of the records of discussion for this development took place between JICA, the East New Britain Provincial Government and the PNG Government through the Department of National Planning and Monitoring and the Department of Transport.
The signing will also pave the way for the planning and construction of a durable highway for the people of East New Britain, funded by JICA with technical support from the PNG government.
The two-year project aims to enhance the capacity of road, airport, port water supply and power sectors in the region.
“I would like to reiterate that JICA is proud to support development in not only East New Britain but also in PNG”, said JICA’s Chief Representative Masato Koinuma.
Secretary for the department of National Planning and Monitoring Koney Samuel, said East New Britain Province is a tourism hub and it is important to development this road link to attract tourists into the province.
Secretary for the department of Transport Roy Mumu while affirming Secretary Samuel’s remarks said the road connectivity plan is not just about building but to rehabilitate the aging infrastructures to quality standard.
Deputy Administrator for East New Britain province, Levi Mano while thanking the Japanese government for their ongoing support said the study and planning of this highway is critical as it will explain the changes that has caused the continuous deterioration of the highway following the 1994 volcanic eruption.
“This major infrastructure makes improvements after the damage caused by the 1994 volcanic eruption and the ongoing flooding around the caldera”, said Manu.
The Japanese government have a long-standing relationship with the province and have been implementing a variety of projects like the Tokua Airport redevelopment project, currently under feasibility studies which will commence construction in 2022.
JICA seeks to strengthen its collaborations with both domestic and overseas partners to encourage developing countries to better address their challenges and achieve quality growth, namely inclusive, sustainable, and resilient growth. To start, they recognize the benefits that Japan’s private sector can bring to developing countries through sharing their knowledge, technologies, and resources.
To this end, JICA is actively engaged in the development of infrastructure indispensable to economic growth including roads, bridges, water supply, electricity, port facilities, ferries and airports. For example, as well as this road project in East New Britain, in Vanuatu, the Port Vila Lapetasi International Multi-Purpose Wharf Development Project is being implemented. It is aimed at economic growth through the activation of the flow of people and goods. This project is the first Japanese ODA Loans extended to Vanuatu and it is co-financed by Australia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)