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Torokina oil palm disputed by Bougainville landowners

January 19, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

On the 15th of January the Post-Courier reported it is full steam ahead for the controversial Torokina Oil Palm plantation on Bougainville. But now evidence has emerged that the necessary landowner permissions have not been obtained and local people are not happy.

In a letter to the Department of Lands locals people accuse the Bougainville government of fast-tracking the Incorporated Land Group process and not dealing with the their concerns. The letter demands that ILG certificates not be issued.

Is this another case of President Momis pushing through large-scale resource projects to enrich big corporations?

The beneficiary of this project is Hakau Investment Limited owned by Henry Chow and run by his son Fabian. The Chow dynasty have been awarded a range of government grants for projects on Bougainville. To conduct a feasibility study into oil palm at Torokina, they were awarded K10 million in 2010-11.

But landowners remained concerned. Palm Oil has a global reputation for harming the environment, damaging land, and enriching big business interests, at the cost of landowning communities.

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  1. stanistao@digicelpacific.blackberry.com
    January 26, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone from Digicel Pacific

  2. stanistao@digicelpacific.blackberry.com
    February 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Would you please re send to me the Report on China Railway Construction Engineering (PNG) Ltd.
    I understand this Company has approached the Solomon Islands Government to undertake some major works; like they have been doing in PNG.
    Please advise if my information is correct.
    My organisation is in the initial phase of the development of a major Project; we are currently looking for credible development partners; please advise if the Report you forwarded earlier is related to the above Company.
    Many thanks and regards
    Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone from Digicel Pacific

  1. April 20, 2015 at 4:31 pm
  2. April 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

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