State Team Explains Porgera Project Commencement

State Team Explains Porgera Project Commencement Agreement: Only The Parties Can Have Copies

The State Team engaged in the Porgera Mining Project Community Development Agreement (CDA) in Wabag, yesterday (May 22) explained to the Porgera Landowners Association (PLOA) that by law, only parties to the Porgera Project Commencement Agreement (PPCA) and associated agreements could have copies of the agreements.

Deputy State Solicitor Bonny Gelu said this in response to the the PLOA’s spokesperson, Maso Mangape, who questioned the State as to why they had not been given copies of the PPCA and other agreements.

Mr Gelu said the agreements were protected by law and that there were legal and financial implications surrounding access to these agreements.
“If you signed the agreement, you can have copies. If you didn’t the sign the agreements, you cannot have copies,” explained Mr Gelu. He asked the PLOA to inform the State if they had signed any of the agreements and if so, they should identify the particular agreements they had signed so that the State could locate and make copies available.

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