A K120-million ground breaking ceremony has been held in Port Moresby to start work on the multi-million kina APEC Haus.
The minister responsible for APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum), Justin Tkatchenko, said the building will become an iconic structure for the country, showcasing Papua New Guinea to the world.
APEC Haus (illustrated here) will be built on reclaimed land near Ela Beach and Paga Hill for a forum meeting to be held in Port Moresby in 2018.
The groundwork contract was awarded to Global Construction, a company owned and operated by senior government officials.
Meanwhile, in the Menyamya district, Morobe’s largest coffee producers and fresh vegetable and fruit suppliers are still battling with thick mud in order to reach Lae to sell their produce and contribute to the economy.
Even Wau-Bulolo's national highway, the highway that hosts the Hidden Valley and Wafi gold mines, Zenag and PNG Forest Products, is getting worse and showing the dire need for a thorough upgrade after wash-aways by the Snake River.
This is a clear symptom of the unequal distribution of development in Papua New Guinea.
Would it be difficult to secure a loan from the World Bank to fix the Menyamya and Wau-Bulolo roads once and for all?
APEC Haus should not showcase PNG to the rest of the world at the expense of such areas like Menyamya and Wau-Bulolo which are in great need of support.