Electricity is a building block, says Blacklock


NEW acting managing director of PNG Power Carolyn Blacklock says electricity is a building block of social development and economic growth.
Commenting on her new posting yesterday, Blacklock told The National it was a wonderful opportunity to contribute not only to PNG Power but to the nation.
“Electricity is a building block of social development and economic growth and I really feel that PNG Power is central to that,” she said.
“It’s a big responsibility but one that I firmly believe PNG Power can deliver on.
“We need reliable, affordable power for all our people and businesses.”
She was appointed by Cabinet to the position effective from Dec 22, 2017. She began work on Monday this week.
Blacklock grew up in rural North Queensland and holds a Master’s in International Development from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
She has been the International Finance Corporation resident representative to PNG since 2010.
Throughout the 1990s and up to 2010, Blacklock held senior positions in the Westpac and ANZ banks, covering the Pacific and Asia region.
She is currently the special adviser to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on infrastructure and major initiatives.
Public Enterprise and State Investment Minister William Duma describes Blacklock as a “strong leader who we can rely on to motivate the collective resources of PNG Power to drive economic growth and social development”.