Good-bye Mr Conrad
By Kolopu Waima
Papua New Guinea’s new government will replace the Ambassador for Climate Change, Kevin Conrad, who has been representing Papua New Guinea but lives in New York in the United States of America.
Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah announced this at the official handover ceremony for the Ministry of Environment and Conservation at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby yesterday. Mr Namah said that it is no good for someone who has few or no knowledge about the culture, tradition and lifestyle of the people and cannot understand and solve landowner issues in the country to represent Papua New Guinea.
“I want the office of climate change to be restructured and there will be no ambassador living overseas, I want to replace the ambassador for climate change Kevin Conrad, the office must be here and the ambassador must live in PNG, not in overseas. Let some of our own men who know landowner issues very well take on the responsibility so that they can address the issues easily, we want change and have PNG on the safe side, the old regime is gone and this is a new regime”
Mr Namah, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Forest, thanked former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare for getting political independence but said his government will bring economic independence.