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Kainantu Mine in PNG to be asked to look at ways landowners can get jobs

The Papua New Guinea  Department of Labour and Industrial Relations will propose to the K92 Ltd, operator of the Kainantu mine, to carry out a baseline study on employability of landowners and affected communities.
This initiative was announced by the department’s Roger Giaruva oduring the review of the project’s agreement in Lae this week.
It was made in light of employment concerns and issues raised by landowners during the review.
Giaruva said that at currently there was no data on who among the landowners and affected communities had the kind of skills or education qualifications that would enable them to work at the mine.
The study was aimed at identifying skills among landowners and communities.
Giaruva explained that the proposed plan was not in the current mine agreement provisions.
However, the department is hoping that K92 Ltd will take this project on board as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Giaruva said that what was in the agreement were provisions that catered for employment and training opportunities for existing skilled mine employees, but not unskilled landowners wanting to become employees.
It is hoped that as an outcome of the baseline study, there will be arrangements whereby the company and government can negotiate the establishment of training programmes and training centres for landowners and surrounding communities.
Giaruva said they initiated a similar concept for landowners of Lihir mine and it had been a success so far.
He said as a way forward, his department would formally write to K92 Ltd to do the survey.

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