PNG must be big brother to smaller neighbours

Letters, Normal

The National, Wednesday July 15th, 2015

 IT is our Time, PNG, and we can win the 15th Pacific Games! The appreciation of our Pacific Culture through display of the diverse traditional performances in the Opening Ceremony was testament to our rich Pacific history and heritage. The Pacific Games is an occasion that facilitates nurturing of the ‘Pacific Spirit’ of Unity.

As we witness the final week of competition, it is only fitting to appreciate the immense investment by the Government of PNG and the corporate sector. In a very short space of time, the current Government managed to deliver world-class facilities that will produce future champions of our country and the region. Our successive governments are faced with the challenge of translating wealth into tangible benefits that maximize public interest. Without doubt, this current government despite its pitfalls is determined to propel PNG’s economic growth and development in the next decade.

Despite security concerns prior to the Games, our people have been very friendly and welcoming. If only the Games Organising Committee organise visits to nearby villages, I am sure the visitors will truly experience our hospitality spirit. Consistent with the Pacific Way, our people have the best smiles also that connect with visitors’ heart and mind assuring them of our peaceful culture and custom.  This is our time to shine, PNG! Yes we can do this and we will do it together under the banner of the PNG Way that is rooted in our instinctual ability to deliver beyond expectations. We will remain a big brother to smaller Pacific Island Countries n times of need and should assert ourselves as worthy to lead by our actions.  


John Watmelik

Port Moresby