Businesses urged to back communities


MOROBE’S business community has been encouraged to continue supporting people through community service, Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) president John Byrne says.
Byrne thanked and urged business houses in Lae to continue supporting and developing communities, as it was their societal responsibility.
He made the comments when commending Lae businessowners for supporting growth of the province and the country, which was recognised through the presentation of Queens’s Diamond Jubilee Commemorative medal by Governor- General Sir Bob Dadae on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. The medals were awarded to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to British throne on Feb 6, 1952.
The award honours significant contributions and achievements by Papua New Guineans.
Some businessmen and women were among more than 300 people awarded medals through recommendation of Morobe government for invaluable services and contribution to development of the province.
“The business community has been doing great and their owners deserve recognition,” Byrne said.
“It is important and critical for businesses to also continue supporting communities.”
Byrne was among prominent business people such as Lady Collete, Ian and Fabian Chow, Jacob Luke, Ben Woo, Jimmy Wan, Hilma Wong, Phil Franklin, Philip Ralda, and Anthony, Raymond and Nancy Seeto to be awarded.
Byrne said he did not deserve the medal for being president of LCCI for just 18 months.
He has been living in Lae for the past six years.
Mapai Transport owner Jacob Luke said he was honoured by the recognition and added that business owners deserved awards for their contribution to the community.