PNG politi­cians visit Moss­man for ideas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

PA­PUA New Guinea’s politi­cians vis­ited Moss­man re­cently to learn about in­dige­nous en­trepreneur­ship and dis­cuss gov­er­nance is­sues.

The visit was part of a week-long tour of re­gions of the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to com­pare our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem with their own, with a fo­cus on in­dige­nous is­sues.

Dame Carol Kidu, PNG’s only cur­rent fe­male mem­ber of par­lia- ment, or­gan­ised the tour for the coun­cil­lors.

“I have been a mem­ber for 14 years and am re­tir­ing next year and these peo­ple are my coun­cil­lors in my elec­torate area,” she said.

“Ear­lier last year they asked if I could or­gan­ise a tour for them be­fore I fin­ish so this is the re­sult and I de­cided Cairns is the ideal place as there are a lot of cor­re­la­tions.

“We have been fo­cus­ing on in­dige­nous health is­sues, in­dige­nous

and en­trepreneur­ship gov­er­nance is­sues.”

The coun­cil­lors met with Divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu to dis­cuss gov­er­nance, fol­lowed by a visit to the Moss­man Gorge to learn more about in­dige­nous en­trepreneur­ship.

Pres­i­dent of the Port Moresby south elec­torate Meure Maleu said the tour is im­por­tant to find out rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion.

“To find out more in­for­ma­tion about the in­dige­nous peo­ple we can learn some­thing for our­selves,” he said.

“We have been work­ing hard to try and cre­ate some­thing worth­while for our­selves so we are here try­ing to see life here and life to­gether with the in­dige­nous peo­ple.”

Coun­cil pres­i­dent for Port Moresby Onabu Mari has learnt new lead­er­ship skills from the Cairns re­gional coun­cil - knowl­edge he will take back with him.

“One thing I like very much here is peo­ple re­spect each other and its re­ally big thing for our per­son,” he said.

“Re­spect by an­other per­son is the gift that god has given to ev­ery in­di­vid­ual for peo­ple to en­joy on this planet earth.

“My high­light of this trip is es­pe­cially the in­dige­nous way of life, cul­ture and their his­tory.

“A per­son like me who also talks about land and who fights about land mat­ters in my prov­ince.”

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