It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry when you see this sort of bullshit from the mining industry. We lie and steal to get access to your land. We destroy your natural environment, we ‘disintegrate’ your communities, creating division and violence, and when we have sucked the land and the people dry we will leave you with a ‘sustainable future’…
ABAC Considers Industry Policy
The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Is Considering A White Paper Policy, Which Will Create A Sustainable Future For Communities Involved In The Extractive Industries.
Post Courier | July 2, 2017
THE APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) is considering a white paper policy, which will create a sustainable future for communities involved in the extractive industries.
Co-chairman David Toua said this has been discussed by the ABAC member countries.
Mr Toua said PNG has now introduced a white paper policy at the ABAC level and hopes that it gets endorsement from APEC.
“This policy is all about creating sustainable future for disintegrated communities surrounding extractive industries after its life.”
“The white paper is about looking at where our extractive industries are based.”
“If we take mining as an example, say OK Tedi Mine, and when the mine life finishes, what will happen to the communities.”
“The trick now is to work within those communities to create sustainable living whether it’s through agriculture or other means.”
“Once the mine life has expired in those communities, many of which prior to mine life were quite modest, but since they have grown with the mine, once the mine goes you want them to continue in a sustainable fashion, so that’s really the essence of the white paper,” he said.