The Prime Minister said that bureaucratic machinery must not be a hindrance any more to the process of facilitating the delivery of the games. He said: “whose interest will they serve if they continue to sabotage and delay the enforcement of a government directive because the 2015 Pacific Games is an event of national importance and that position has not changed.
“We have wasted two years already but my government is confident at making this event a success. The government wants no further delays.” The Prime Minister made it clear on the “opportunity afforded by the hosting of the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby has for PNG and how each of us from the Government down to the public service bureaucratic machinery - to Organising Committees and Sponsors ,even Media and the community at large must all our bit to deliver the games.”
We will do everything in our power to assist preparations for the venues for 2015 and to make sure that the vision for a healthy, sporting PNG is upheld and our athletes are ready in 2015 to compete and make PNG proud.”
The Prime Minister said the opportunity to bid for and host future events, sporting or otherwise will be determined by the success of 2015 Pacific Games and “we are very committed to ensuring the success of the 2015 Pacific Games.” Sports and Pacific Games Minister, Justin Tkatchenko said the Games village will cost nearly K300 million and will have 1,100 rooms for athletes, a dining hall and an entertainment centre. Tenders for the new village were published in March and close today. Construction is expected to start next month and completion is aimed for March 2015.
“The Games village will be a legacy infrastructure as part of delivering the 2015 Pacific Games,” Minister Tkatchenko said.