The National, Thursday September 3rd, 2015
THE development of the Star Mountain Plaza will create more than a thousand jobs for Papua New Guineans, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.
O’Neill was speaking last night during the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the country’s first single biggest landowner investment project launched by the Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC), on behalf of its subsidiary companies.
“This project is going to create a lot of jobs for Papua New Guineans during and after construction,” he said.
“It is going to create more than a thousand jobs for Papua New Guineas who are not going to only look after themselves but contribute meaningfully to our society.
“They are going to look after their families, particularly their children and our wantoks throughout the country.
“It is important that we continue to provide employment for our citizens. It is such projects like this that continue to do so.
“I know we have got many critics among our communities who think that this is not the right approach.
“But I think after many years of neglect, now Papua New Guinea can see the opportunities of how our country should be managed properly and developed properly,” O’Neill said.
Hilton Australasia vice-president operations Paul Hutton said they were excited and privileged to be partnering with Star Mountain Plaza to bring Port Moresby a world class hotel.
Construction is underway and expected to be completed by late 2017 in order to host the APEC Leaders summit in 2018.