PNG politicians visit Mossman for ideas
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.”