EAST New Britain (ENB) Chamber of Commerce and Industry president David Stein is confident that $US20 million (K65 million) given by World Bank for tourism will be properly administered.
He said K20 million allocated by the national government to the ENB government two years ago were spent on projects not related to tourism.
“Some serious questions still need to be answered on how the K20 million was spent,” Stein said.
He said a breakup of this funding included K3 million for the reconstruction of ToBaining Drive, K5 million for a Kokpo to Tokua development plan, K1.5 million for the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) in for ENB, K1 million for solar lighting in Kokopo and K1.5 million for Kokopo sewerage project.
“We now have US$20 million World Bank loan to be shared between ENB and Milne Bay and I am a lot more confident that the money will see the mark,” Stein said.
“The provincial government, ENB Tourism Promotion Authority and the PNG TPA tourism board will all work together to decide on the scooping project, put it out on tender but the World Bank will have a stop point to approve before it goes out to tender and before it gets awarded,” he said.
Stein said ENB needed to look at the road link from Tokua to the main wharf in Rabaul and Tokua Airport upgrade for bigger projects.
This funding is yet to reach the ENB TPA office.
(Source: The National 08 January 2018)
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