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Launching of a new rural road rehabilitation project

New rural road rehabilitation project to improve accessibility in East Sepik Province

EU Ambassador

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Papua New Guinea  recently launched a new transport infrastructure project in East Sepik Province which will improve access to market, business opportunities, health aids and schools for 2000 plus villagers in a ground breaking ceremony.

Ambassador Jernej Videtič said the European Union is financing this project to support better marketing of cocoa products and create income generating opportunities to improve schools and health services for the people.

This project is the fourth road out of fifteen farm-to-market access roads that are planned to be rehabilitated by the ILO under the EU Funded UN Joint STREIT Programme in the Sepik region, as part of the Programme’s stream of works to provide sustainable, climate-proof transport infrastructure aimed at improving agri-food value chains and agri-business enabling environment.

Ambassador Videtič also had the opportunity to overview first-hand rehabilitation work which has started last month on a 7.8 km Banak-Wautogik road in Wewak District by a local contractor. This road will serve more than 2000 farmers/villagers of Boikin and Dagua LLG of Wewak District, ESP. This is another 12 months farm-to-market access road project implemented by ILO under the EU-STREIT PNG Programme and will create employment opportunities for the rural communities.