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26 August 2017

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The uncertainty of the re-opening of the Panguna Mine will take time given the current tug of war. The push to have RTG involved creates even more complication to the issue. In the meantime the ABG must invest time and financial support to develop agriculture by engaging the current best practicing farmers to increase production. DPI officers in the system cannot be resuscitated. Prior to the Bougainville crises the province and its people relied on cocoa, copra and marine products to send their kids to school, NOT the Panguna Mine. Coca export was more than 50% of PNG total cocoa export. I suggest we equally invest in getting agriculture back on its feet in the province.This is something people can control and take ownership of; not the future of Panguna Mine.

We all too often have very little hope that good sense will prevail. But I sincerely hope your people work through this quagmire of politics and big business.

The welfare of the people should be at the centre of any decision ABG makes.

Perhaps no mine, as you suggest, is the best strategy.

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