THE Tokua development master plan draft was presented in Port Moresby by the consultant engaged in upgrading and improving three airport pilot projects in Papua New Guinea.
Consultant KPMG are piloting airport projects in the country looking into ways of upgrading and improving airport facilities under its national airports strategic plan (NASMP).
Tokua airport in East New Britain province, apart form Nadzab in Lae, and Kimininga in Mt Hagen, is earmarked to benefit from funding proposed from a developmental that is currently being facilitated by the Office of Civil Authority (OCA).
A team from ENB led by deputy provincial administrator policy planning and evaluation Bernard Lukara presented the provincial proposal on Tokua recently with the possibility of ENB taking ownership of certain responsibilities at the airport preferably in terms of up keeping.
According to Mr Lukara, the purpose of the consultation was for stakeholders to present views on the plan including implementation and roll out activities.
He said ENB presented its support for the Tokua development plan and that its initiative for partnership with OCA still stands and would work closely with the PNG Airport Authority to ensure that Tokua acquired its status.
Mr Lukara said Tokua was the main hub of the New Guinea Islands region and provided the avenue for tourism and other business ventures and recommended strongly that the proposal for the corridor development and extension of the town boundary must be considered.