South Pacific International Container Terminal Ltd. (SPICT), operator and developer of the Port of Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the ICTSI Foundation, corporate social responsibility arm of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI),
recently extended assistance to the Lae police force to further enhance peace and order in the community.
SPICT, ICTSI Foundation, and the Lae Metropolitan Police led groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of a new police station in the Malahang District of Lae in Morobe Province. At the same time, SPICT turned over two units patrol vehicles.
AHI Hope Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of AHI Investment Ltd. (AHL), will supervise the construction of the new police station. AHL, a community partner of ICTSI and SPICT at the Port of Lae, manages Riback Stevedores Ltd., a manning agency at the port.
“SPICT has been operating in Lae for only a month now. These donations are very significant.
Lae is an industrialized city, and we talk about business but the stakeholders of the port
community – port workers, employees in the shipping lines – are at risk of crimes. These are the people who live in Lae that need to be protected,” says George Gware, AHL chairman.
For his part, Mr. Edward Muttiah, SPICT CEO, assures the company’s commitment to the
community. He says: “Law and order is a shared responsibility. These donations are our tokens of commitment to the people of Lae. We will be here for 25 years. Expect more from us as we move forward.”
John Rosso, Member of the National Parliament for Lae, made an appeal to the community to look after the donations. “These donations are hard to find. Please look after them. We should all take part in the development and improvement of the security situation in Lae.”
Jelta Wong, PNG Minister of Police, who flew in to Lae for the occasion, says: “I rarely see a
private company do something like this. I’m very excited and happy that somebody has taken an initiative. Please use these resources wisely.”
The Malahang Community Police Station covers six communities in the Ahi Village, Morobe
Province with an estimated population of 25,000.
Port authority PNG Ports Corp. Ltd., port operator SPICT, and partner communities in Lae,
represented by AHL and Labu Holdings, launched a sustainable port program through an
innovative public-private partnership (PPP) involving community stakeholders in the redevelopment, management and operations of the container terminal at the Port of Lae.
SPICT commits to invest in major equipment upgrades, leading edge port technology, and human resources development. Community stakeholders stand to benefit from these investments through employment, global standard training and benefits package, and career pathing and mentoring.
South Pacific International Container Terminal Ltd. (SPICT), operator and developer at the Port of Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the ICTSI Foundation, corporate social responsibility arm of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), have extended assistance to the local police of Lae to further enhance peace and order in the community through the donation of a new police station at the Malahang District, Morobe Province, and two units of patrol vehicles.
AHI Hope Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of AHI Investment Ltd. (AHL), will supervise construction of the new police station. AHL is a community partner of SPICT or the sustainable port program of Lae. Photo shows ICTSI, SPICT, AHL and PNG government officials during the turnover of patrol vehicles (from left): Filipina Laurena, ICTSI Foundation deputy executive director; Fred Kaiwa, sargeant in command of Lae local police; Edward Muttiah, SPICT CEO; Peter Guiness, assistant commissioner of Police Northern Command; Ginson Suanu, Governor of Morobe; John Rosso, Member of the PNG National Parliament; Jelta Wong, Minister of Police; and George Gware, AHL chairman.
About International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is in the business of port development, management and operations. As an
independent business with no shipping, logistics or consignee-related interests, ICTSI works and transacts transparently with any stakeholder in the port community. ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects spans developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ICTSI has received global acclaim for its public-private partnerships with governments divesting of their port assets to the private sector. (www.ictsi.com)
About South Pacific International Container Terminal Ltd. (SPICT)
In September 2017, ICTSI, through its Papua New Guinea (PNG) subsidiary SPICT, signed a 25-year terminal operation agreement with PNG Ports Corp. Ltd. for the Port of Lae. Currently, the largest container handling facility in PNG, the Port of Lae is envisioned to maximize its potential of becoming a major regional transshipment hub, mainly through the expansion of port facilities, and the upgrading of capabilities and efficiencies, with complementary programs for community development.