THE 13th World Bank-led implementation support mission (ISM) has ended another successful check on the progress of coffee and cocoa rehabilitation being implemented by Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project with private sector partnerships in the country.
The Mission led by Task Team Leader Mr Stephane Forman of World Bank Sydney Office was from 2 – 13 October which includes field visits to project sites in four provinces namely Eastern Highlands, Morobe, Madang, East Sepik and East New Britain.
Other members of the Mission were Allan Oliver (Agriculture Specialist); Brenna Moore (Agriculture Specialist); Eric Blackburn (Procurement Specialist); Nick Valentine (Environment Specialist); John Lowsby (Consultant Engineer); Ravi Corea (Consultant MIS); Tom Callander (Consultant Social Safeguards); Agnes Deshormes (IFAD); Sakiusa Tubuna (IFAD) and Summerville Kave (Team Assistant);
The Mission met with PPAP coffee project management unit in Goroka on Wednesday 4 October and also with the cocoa component in Kokopo on Wednesday 11 October. Some Coffee and Cocoa lead partners also made a power point presentation to the mission.
In the first meeting at Coffee Industry Corporation’s (CIC) head office in Goroka, Chief Executive Officer Mr Charles Dambui praised the PPAP modality for its transparent and accountable process.
“We had some coffee development programs funded by donors but this (PPAP) is one of our impact projects. We intend to complete and deliver the outcomes on time
“What we learning from CIC perspective is the PPAP modality. It is transparent and accountable.
“Our long term goal is to integrate the practice into CIC operations,” said Mr Dambui.
It was Mr Forman’s first visit to the country who was touched by the gesture of local people beginning with a warm welcome by the famous Asaro mud men of Yamiufa Village in the Mando area of Eastern Highlands Province on Thursday 5 October.
“This is my third day in PNG you’re the first community to welcome us. I’m very touched by the way you welcome us,“ said Mr Forman.
The task team leader speaking on behalf of World Bank and IFAD urged the farmers to make the most of the opportunity to increase production with high quality and subsequently earn more income to improve their livelihood.
“I hope to see some changes in the way you produce coffee. The project has less than two years from now so make the most of it to sustain it yourself.
“We still need your effort, your dedication and this welcome shows your commitment,” said Mr Forman.
This message was reinforced to PPAP partnerships in other operation sites including Wia Trade Ltd and farmers at Nadzab (coffee) and Agmark Agri-Agro (cocoa) at Mutzing in Morobe Province on Saturday 7 October.
Mr Forman also talked to cocoa farmers under Outspan Trans-Gogol partnership in Madang on Sunday 8 October and in Maprik and Yangoru, East Sepik Province on Monday 9 October to take heed of the same.
The GoPNG delegation accompanying the Mission was led by Deputy Secretary, Technical Services for DAL Steven Mombi. Others representing the GoPNG were John Kendiga (Director Policy & Planning DAL); Jethro Apinas (PPAP Coordinator PCU); Clement Kunandi Victor (PPAP PCU), Edward Kapi (Senior Aid Coordinator for World Bank/IFAD with Department of National Planning & Monitoring) and Mrs Roselyn Irum (Treasury). Mrs Damaris Haurom of Treasury took over from Mrs Irum on the Kokopo visit.
On Tuesday 10 October the team travelled from Wewak to Kokopo. Field visits were made to some cocoa partnerships in the afternoon.
On Wednesday 11 October the PPAP cocoa project management unit and partnerships shared with the mission their work plans under component 1, 2 and 3 highlighting achievements, challenges and way forward.
Prior to the field visits in the provinces, the Mission met with government officials particularly Department of Agriculture & Livestock and PPAP PCU in Port Moresby.
The PPAP coffee and cocoa rehabilitation is a PNG Government project financed by a loan facility from World Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development. The Coffee Industry Corporation Limited and PNG Cocoa Board are custodians of the project through the Department of Agriculture & Livestock.
Task Team Leader of 13th World Bank-led implementation support mission (ISM) Mr Stephane Forman being presented with a population Wosera bilum in Maprik, East Sepik Province by a farmer on Monday 9 October, 2017.
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Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
PROJECT MANAGER of CIC-PPAP