Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Australian High Commissioner visits East and West New Britain


Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis visited several project sites in West New Britain.

These included a new health facility and a cocoa rehabilitation project supported by the Australian Government during his visit to the province from Sept 13-18.

West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, Talasea MP Francis Maneke and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis with staff members of Malalia health clinic. 

Davis was joined by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel and Talasea MP Francis Maneke.

Talasea is one of six priority districts under
Australia’s decentralisation partnership with Papua New Guinea.

Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis with staff and students of Caritas Girls Technical Secondary School in Kimbe. 

 The delegation received a briefing on a new cocoa rehabilitation project under a
jointly-developed Kina Bungim Komuniti program. 

While in Talasea, the group also visited Mama’s Foundation Meri Seif Haus,
Caritas Girls Secondary School, Kimbe General Hospital, Mahonia na Dari
Marine Conservation Centre and remote health clinics at Valoka and Malalia.

Davis visited New Britain Palm Oil Ltd and Hargy Oil Palm.

He inspected processing facilities and a biofuel renewable energy project.

The delegates’ visit to the New Britain Palm Oil biofuel facility.

On Sept 13, Davis joined a PNG Independence Day reception in
Kimbe attended by Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

On Sept 15, he visited the new Baia Community Health Post (CHP).

This facility will serve more than 4000 people living in the vicinity of Baia

At the Kimbe General Hospital. From left are Talasea MP Francis Maneke, West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis and West New Britain Director Public Health Dr Joseph Nale. 

The CHP will include specialist remote area medical facilities, a delivery and post-natal room, toilets and washing facilities and new staff housing.

Thirty-two CHPs are being constructed across Papua New Guinea under the
US$81.2 million Rural Primary Health Service Delivery Project (RPHSDP).

This initiative supports the Government of PNG’s long-term vision to transform the health system, especially to improve the health of rural populations.

Four CHPs are being delivered in West New Britain, at Baia, Vatukele, Wako and Akonga.

The RPHSDP is supported by Australia as a major contributor, as well as the Asian Development Bank, OPEC Fund for International Development, Japan
International Cooperation Agency and World Health Organisation.

Davis then travelled to East New Britain on Sept 16 where he was joined by Minister for Police and Gazelle MP Jelta Wong and
Governor Nakikus Konga.

Davis celebrated Independence Day in rural East New Britain with local communities at Pondo and Vunapalading in the
Gazelle district.
Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis (second right) and Police Minister and Gazelle MP Jelta Wong with other delegates, joined locals in the Gazelle District, East New Britain to celebrate Independence.

He congratulated all Papua New Guineans on the 43rd anniversary of Independence and highlighted the strength of Australia’s
enduring strategic and economic partnership with PNG, particularly in rural and remote parts of the country.

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