Plan to help squatters settle on track


National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop says he will soon implement policies on converting settlements to suburbs and modernisation of Motu-Koitabu villages.
He and his delegation will represent Papua New Guinea at the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a week from today.
Parkop will attend high-level discussions and talks during the forum while sharing his progress on the participatory settlement/slum upgrading project.
The forum will provide opportunities for modernisation of urban development in Papua New Guinea.
The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the world’s premier conference on sustainable urban development, held every two years in different parts of the world.
“Since 2002, we have been discussing and talking about settlements upgrading without much progress. Today on the eve on the 9th World Urban Forum, I want to assure our people and our nation that I am focused and committed to converting all these talks, policies and strategies into action as part of fulfilling my key priority areas for the city to upgrade all settlements to suburbs and modernise the Motu-Koitabu villages and a city that is safe and free from all forms of violence,” Parkop said.
“If we change the physical and social conditions of our people by converting settlements to suburbs and modernising our villages, we will unleash a great positive energy and desire in our people to lift themselves and lift our city to the 21st century and make Port Moresby the most liveable city in the Pacific.”