Chamber names Kassman president


THE PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum has announced Richard Kassman as its new president.
Kassman, who was the chamber vice-president for the past three years, takes over from Gerea Aopi, who had his first engagement with the industry in 1991.
Kassman thanked the outgoing president and Aopi described as “a colossus of a man” whose contribution to the industry and Papua New Guinea was “unrivalled”.
“Gerea always guided the discourse ensuring being cognisant with national interests, when the chamber represented its diverse membership and promoted the industry,” he said.
“He served with class and distinction.
“He was measured, thoughtful and compassionate, and when required, frank and direct.
“Hallmarks of a courageous servant leader.”
In his final address at the annual general meeting, Aopi provided context to the industry’s efforts to keep operating during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Amid the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the country last year, the chamber has been active in discussing legislation and policy that affects our industry,” he said.
“Constant dialogue and discussion among council members representing mining and petroleum, have been at the core of our engagement in the national and political space.”