A POLYTECHNIC and Industrial Training Institute will be built in the New Ireland town of Fissoa under the Papua New Guinea government’s Public Private Partnership strategy.

Development of the institution was a government commitment under the revised Simberi mining project Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

The government will be responsible for the development and construction of the infrastructure and the curriculum at the Institute, while it will be operated on a day to day basis by the Catholic Church.

Ultimately, the new facility aims to ensure that New Irelanders are qualified to take up some of the job opportunities offered by the Simberi mine, as well as to provide life skills to other members of the community.

This development follows a land hand-over ceremony between the Kavieng Catholic Diocese and the New Ireland government last week, where land was given to the government by the church to construct the institution, located in the Tikana local level government area.

The ceremony which was dominated by traditional singsings and customary rituals featuring the provincial symbol Malagan, involved the State, the Catholic Church, Simberi mine landowners, Fissoa community and the New Ireland provincial government.

Bishop Ambrose Kiapseni of the Kavieng Catholic Diocese urged all stakeholders of the institute to ensure it was well sustained.

He said this was because the future well-being and security of the children of New Ireland would be realised through this establishment.

The New Ireland government was represented at the ceremony by the team responsible for the Simberi mine project Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) review, which has earmarked a number of infrastructure projects for development.

Aside from the Fissoa facility, the other major project considered under the MoA are the construction of the Simberi business centre at Maragon on Simberi Island, for which survey, feasibility studies and physical planning has begun.

The others are the upgrading of the Simberi ring road, construction of the Central New Ireland chamber at Konos, construction of a police holding cell at Mapua and development of a communal water supply and sanitation system for Simberi Island.

These projects are the National Government’s undertakings under the revised MoA and are expected to be delivered between 2015 and 2018.

Stakeholders of the Simberi mine project applauded the national government for establishing these projects and bringing services to communities in the districts and local level government areas.