October 29, 2013
On 29th October, 2013, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA Grant agreement with Department of National Planning & Monitoring (DNPM) to provide up to one billion four million Japanese Yen (JPY 1,004,000,000) for implementation of ‘the Project for Rehabilitation of the Madang Town Market'. Signing ceremony took place in DNPM conference room in Waigani, Port Moresby, between Chief Representative Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama of JICA PNG and acting Secretary Ms. Juliana Kubak of DNPM, with the witness of Managing Director Mr. Sylvester Pokajam of project's executing agency, National Fishery Authority (NFA) and Counsellor Mr. Satoshi Abe, Embassy of Japan.
From Left: Mr. Sylvester Pokajam (NFA), Ms. Juliana Kubak(DNPM), Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama(JICA) & Mr. Satoshi Abe (EOJ)
Construction work is expected to start in 2014. The Project includes the reconstruction and repairing of the market building and facilities such as sanitation, refrigeration storage and block-ice crushers, administration office building, car park and sea-walls to replace the deteriorating building, unpaved ground and insufficient market space. It is expected that the implementation of this project will provide proper hygienic environment, promote economic growth, and continue to strengthen the existing friendly relationship between Japan and Papua New Guinea.
Signing between Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama, Chief Representative, JICA PNG Office and Ms. Juliana Kubak, Acting Secretary, Department of National Planning & Monitoring.
During the signing of the Grant Agreement, DNPM acting Secretary Ms. Juliana Kubak greatly thanked JICA and the Japanese Government and stated that the Project is highly relevant to PNG Vision 2050 and Medium Term Development Plan (2011-2015) in the context of rural development. Chief Representative Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama stated that given the importance of the project, a profound study and intensive consultations with various stakeholders were conducted, and the design itself reflects that major improvements will come about as a result of this project. It is expected that about 80% of vendor's space will be provided with proper roofing and concrete floor, this figure is now only 34%. With provision of ice storage and crushing facilities, proper size of solid waste collection and storage, and others, cleanliness, and hygienic situation will be significantly improved. The new design is made to be friendly to the disabled people. Vendors and customers in wheel chair can move within the market more freely.
Article by: Ms. Cecily Kome