Sunday 28 May 2023
The Marape-Rosso Government will soon announce “special incentives” to support loyal players in the manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors focused on serious downstream processing in the country, Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has said.
Prime Minister Marape made these remarks when addressing a breakfast meeting with members of the Lae Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Lae, on Thursday (25 May).
Highlighting Goodman Fielders latest K800 million processing facility in Morobe Province as an example, the Prime Minister encouraged Lae’s manufacturers and those with businesses in agriculture, forestry and fisheries to get into this downstream processing space.
“I want to pay special mention to Goodman Fielder who have come in and brought in a K800 million worth of investments in the country,” said PM Marape.
“For those of you already doing business, we want to put up incentives so you can produce here and export from here, and bring back the money into the country.
“Those of you in this space, our Ministry of International Trade has announced the policy initiative on giving you tax holidays on the investments you are putting into the downstream of agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
He added, these incentives will be announced within the six months before the 2024 Budget is brought in.
“Agriculture remains the great focus for us – agriculture exports, downstream forestry exports, downstream fisheries exports. We will not make a subtle turn,” he added.
He said Lae and Port Moresby will be the starting points, to act as “agriculture enclaves” from where the Government would like to expand to other areas that already have enabling infrastructure such as a developed port, sustaining power, good road and other supporting infrastructure.
For the Fisheries sector, the Prime Minister said the recently-signed Shipriders Agreement with the United States opens up the opportunity for the US navy to help the country in monitoring and surveillance of our waters.
“For the first time ever, we have a very real chance of properly monitoring and containing illegal fishing, and knowing exactly what we are capable of making in fisheries. We are developing the Madang Maritime Industrial to add to what we are doing in the Fisheries sector.
“We also have set aside money for the development of Special Economic Zones to achieve a sustainable economy in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. We want to move toward the downstream processing space at the earliest,” said PM Marape.