O'NEILL TO IMPLEMENT WORLD BANK STYLE LAND GRAB NEXT YEAR

by MICHAEL JOSEPH PASSINGAN
 
Peter O’Neill will start implementing a massive World-Bank style land grab this year using the Small-Medium Enterprise Policy and Master Plan as a tool to fool customary landholders.

The big winners are expected to be his own companies and cronies like the Costantinou family, Nii Cragnolini and the L&A Group, corrupt lawyer Jimmy Maladina and all the other konmen he shares his loot with.

Customary landowners will be left with no land and a few crumbs from the business feast.

Item 3.7 of the Master Plan states that beginning in 2016 the Government will start providing financial support to the Lands Department “to acquire customary Land.”

Sources within the Lands Department say that land identified by the O’Neill Regime as essential for business purposes will be taken over whether customary landowners agree or not.

They will have no say in the price paid, and there are no avenues for them to appeal or oppose compulsory acquisition.

Land that is acquired will then be handed over to business at discount prices or under special lease deals.

The SME Policy and Master Plan states that this year the Lands Department is to “facilitate and make land available for development and use by SMEs under a new Land Act.”

The policy itself states that it is crucial “that land is made available for SMEs promotion and development through the key land reforms that are being instigated.

“Key land reforms by the Government … are now necessary and critical to make commercial land available and accessible by SMEs and to facilitate private sector development.”

O’Neill’s SME Policy and Master Plan provides no mechanisms for transparency and accountability of the acquisition process or the sale or leasing of customary land to business.

The policy is almost identical to the land mobilization strategy proposed by the World Bank in the late 90s. It is nothing more than a land grab for business.

The other big danger in the SME policy is that O’Neill plans to allocate K3 billion to implement it.

While the plan is big on rhetoric, there is again no safety mechanism to ensure that O’Neill and his cronies do not steal and waste the entire amount.

The SME Policy and Master Plan represents an enormous risk of money and land being stolen and wasted by the O’Neill Regime on a grand scale.

The details are available for download at
http://www.ndb.com.pg/index.php/products/downloads

·        SME Policy 2016
·        SME Policy & Master Plan 2016-2030
·        SME Policy & Master Plan 2016-2030 –Summary

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