Caption: Standing in front of the ADI and Newcrest booth; (L-R) Liz Mackinlay, CEO ADI; Peter Aitsi, PNG Country Manager; Ian Kemish, Executive General Manager for Public Affairs and Social Performance; Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister for PNG and Sandeep Biswas, Managing Director and CEO Newcrest. Picture by ADI
The 14th Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference, held at the Hilton Sydney on 5-7 December, has just concluded after a very productive few days.
Newcrest Mining Ltd, a most vital partner of Australian Doctors International (ADI) and an important mining investor in PNG, generously provided their conference booth to ADI. Crucially, this was the first time that ADI has been able to profile their important work in supporting rural health to the resources sector in PNG.
‘It was an invaluable opportunity,’ said ADI’s CEO Liz Mackinlay, ‘not only for us to profile our work, but also to make so many critical connections with government officials and members of the resources sector.’
The Conference provides a regular opportunity for members of the resources sector and government officials from PNG to come together. It is a powerful vehicle for maintaining and furthering the investment opportunities in PNG that are vital for the country’s continued economic development.
It was fantastic that ADI and Newcrest could showcase their partnership to Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill. Both Newcrest and ADI believe that the partnership makes a substantial contribution to improving the health of Papua New Guineans living rurally and remotely in New Ireland Province.
This signature project partnership started in 2012 between New Ireland Provincial Government (NIPG), ADI and Newcrest Mining Limited has brought improvement in health services in communities in New Ireland, especially in the Namatanai district. By June this year ADI led medical patrol team screened, treated and counselled over 1,600 people in the Nimamar Local Level Government area in the Namatanai District. ADI is working in two districts and nine local level governments (LLGs) in the province. ADI and Newcrest look forward to continuing their strong partnership into the future from January 2017 onward.
“Newcrest is pleased with this partnership and the company’s support to ADI and NIPG is driven by the Company’s values and efforts to work in partnership with local communities, rganisations and governments to improve the lives of the people and communities where it operates,” said Peter Aitsi, PNG Country Manager.