US and NZ stand by PNG electricity campaign despite concerns
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 14 March 2019
“New Zealand and the US say they are committed to the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership despite the PNG government's awarding of major energy contracts to Chinese companies.
“The $US1.7 billion Partnership, which also involves Australia and Japan, has the stated aim of electrifying 70 percent of PNG by 2030 - currently only about 12 percent of PNG households have access to electricity.
“It was announced with much fanfare at last year's APEC leaders summit in Port Moresby, as part of a suite of aid and development announcements by Australia and its allies for the Pacific region, particularly PNG. These were widely seen as an effort to counter Chinese activity in the region.
“However, PNG's government - which welcomes partnerships with a broad range of partners - is at the same time pursuing a number of major electricity projects with China. This is where PNG's parliamentary opposition has raised concern.”
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