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2015 Games giving business to PNG local firms

MORE than 100 local companies have been contracted in the preparations towards the 2015 Pacific Games, the Games Organising Committee says.
To date, the committee said these 104 companies, engaged in providing goods and services, cost K11.2 million.
“I thank the government for recognising local expertise, it gives us the confidence that we locals can participate in the development and rehabilitation of major facilities it (government) is putting big money into,” Nipuks Works Ltd managing director Johinne Litimuso said.
The local firm from Eastern Highlands was recently awarded a second contract to upgrade the swimming pool and amenities at Lae’s St Ignatius Kilage Stadium for the PNG Games in November.
Its first contract was for the Murray Barrack’s swimming pool which it completed three months ahead of schedule.
The Games Organising Committee outlined that K1.2 billion had been spent on the Games infrastructure, K160 million on the conduct of the Games.
The committee said K4.4 million was for salaries for staff, which had gone back into the local economy.
In terms of loyal recruitment, the Committee has employed national workers and plans to increase the staff base up to 75.
Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko has assured the public that Papua New Guinea was on track to hosting the 2015 Pacific Games.
Other contracts awarded to foreign owned companies include the K54 million Rita Flynn netball courts, the K190 million Sir John Guise Stadium and the Aquatic Centre at Taurama at K78 million.
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