THE Western Highlands-based CIC substation has been extended and installed with new office furniture, thanks to the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP).
The Coffee Industry Corporation building located at Panga now has 6 office space with a fully-furnished conference room that can take up to 30 personnel at one time for all kinds of meetings and training sessions.
The substation was also supplied with 35 chairs, 6 tables and support facilities for an overhead projector for the conference room.
The extension work cost around K270,000 in total and was funded by the World Bank and IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) loan facility with counter-part funding from GoPNG. A total of K230,000 was spent on extension work carried out by Niugini Builders Ltd and K40,000 was paid to Lae Theodist for supply of office furniture.
Project Manager for PPAP Potaisa Hombunaka said the spending comes under component 1 of PPAP development objective aimed at improving the capacity of CIC to effectively and efficiently service all stakeholders in the coffee value chain including growers and producers.
Another contract for K65,000 was also signed with Keith Builders last week to renovate the old office occupied by the CIC officers. This is financed from GoPNG funding component of the project.
Senior Procurement officer for PPAP Ms Theresa Witi said both contractors were engaged under stringent World Bank procurement guidelines.
Also, the PPAP is in the process of procuring a 30KVA generator for the Western Highlands facility because continuous power outage in the province has been affecting the operations of the officers there. This follows on from a 65KVA generator funded and installed at the CIC head office in Goroka recently.
The acting Chief Executive Officer for CIC Charles Dambui welcome the changes and urges PPAP consultants and CIC staff to use the facilities to serve better the growers and producers in Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Enga and Southern Highlands provinces under PPAP.
The new look conference room at Western Highlands substation which can take up to 30 personnel at one time for any kinds of meeting and training sessions.
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