Extracts of a speech to the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia, 7 December 2014
I am here as a friend to talk to you, about Papua New Guinea, to share some of my life experiences and to express some of my opinions about the development and progress made in Papua New Guinea during the last 10 to 15 years.
Nobody in his wildest dreams could have envisaged the progress made, the transformation that took place, and the changes in the lives of the people in 15 years. The last eight years have seen an economic boom unparalleled in PNG’s history.
In terms of natural resources our people of Papua New Guinea are blessed: a sparsely populated country and huge natural resources in land, minerals, gas, timber, fisheries and agriculture.