Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil MP and Minister for Works Michael Nali MP have launched a Project Preparation Grant for the Trans-National Highway.
Australia is providing a K26 million Project Preparation Grant for the Trans-National Highway which is the first priority from the Connect PNG Economic Infrastructure Development Program.
This will cover feasibility studies, detailed designs and cost planning and procurement support for the proposed Trans-National Highway, specifically upgrades of roads from the 9 Mile to Poiyu turnoff (189km), passing through Gabensis and Timini Villages and Mumeng Station.
“I am delighted to formally announce Australia’s support to the PNG Government for detailed design, planning and procurement for the Trans-National Highway.
Australia and PNG are committed to driving economic growth through boosting business activity. Australia’s investment today supports this objective by creating jobs in industries such as construction, and connecting businesses and consumers between two major ports,” said Minister Seselja.
“The Trans-National Highway is the number one priority under PNG’s Connect PNG Economic Infrastructure Development Program 2020-2040.
The Trans-National highway will open up access and allow land transport to travel directly between Port Moresby, Lae, and to the Highlands and Momase economic regions,” said Deputy PM Basil.
“We welcome our partnership with Australia to support the first land connection between PNG’s two largest cities, Port Moresby and Lae. These upgrades will reduce the time and cost to travel and improve transport safety.
We also expect increased economic activity along this newly established corridor when complete,” said Minister Nali.
Australia invests significantly in critical infrastructure in PNG, including investments in roads, power, telecommunications, ports, water and health and education facilities across PNG.