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FAO and National Authorising Office meet to discuss K340m EU STREIT project

(Right) Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Hon. Richard Maru, FAO Head of Office, Mr. Ken Shimizu, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gianluca Rampolla at the Vulupindi Haus in Port Moresby during discussions on way forward of EU STREIT Project.

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The heads of FAO and with United Nations Resident Coordinator in PNG today met with the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring and PNG’s National Authorising Office (NAO), Hon. Richard Maru, to commence discussions on the overall steps towards detailed scoping and design of the EUR85 million EU STREIT (Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in PNG) project, leading to the signing of the Contribution Agreement and eventual implementation over five years as planned.

Both the NAO and FAO acknowledged the need to work together in ensuring the project is scoped and implemented well in accordance with expectations of the EU and the PNG Government and in line with the broader objectives of the Financing Agreement that was signed recently.

Minister Maru reiterated his strong position in seeing well strategized interventions in cocoa and vanilla value chains in the Momase region with sustainable impacts and support to economic growth. Key in his position is a strong focus on cocoa nurseries in selected areas, access roads and development of non-wood dryers.

An equally pleased FAO Head of Office, Mr. Ken Shimizu thanked the Minister for the opportunity and in outlining his position, he committed to ensure these are incorporated as part of the scoping and detailed design of the project.

Mr. Shimizu added that in collaboration with key partners and support of local expertise, they are committed to the design and implementation of the project successfully.

UN Resident Coordinator in PNG, Mr. Gianluca Rampolla also gave an undertaking to provide the leveraging support to FAO in the full development of the STREIT project, noting that this investment is the biggest that UN has ever had in the country, hence the UN will ensure they leave a lasting impact and legacy in PNG.

A start up validation workshop will be held next week in Port Moresby to develop a plan of action and validate strategies going forward. The workshop will be organised by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring and involve FAO, EU and core agencies such as the Department of Agriculture of Livestock, Cocoa Board, Department of Works, and other counterparts. This will be followed by consultations and further design and scoping with beneficiary provincial governments in the coming months.