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CLIMATE CHANGE AMBASSADOR, Kevin Conrad, who has been representing Papua New Guinea but lives in New York, is to be replaced by the new O’Neill government.

Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah said that it was undesirable for someone with little knowledge of the culture, tradition and lifestyle of the people, and cannot understand and solve landowner issues, to represent PNG.

“I want the office of climate change to be restructured and there will be no ambassador living overseas,” Mr Namah said.

“The office must be here and the ambassador must live in PNG, not overseas.

“Let some of our own men who know landowner issues very well take on the responsibility so that they can address the issues easily.

“We want change and have PNG on the safe side, the old regime is gone and this is a new regime,” he said.

Mr Namah, who is also Minister for Forests, thanked former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare for getting political independence but said the O’Neill government will bring economic independence.

Source: PNG Exposed Blog

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