13 Oct 2003

PNG's Agriculture Minister wants more consultation over the regulation of the coffee industry

12:13 pm on 13 October 2003

Papua New Guinea's Agriculture Minister, Moses Maladina, says he will not repeal amendments giving him powers to regulate the industry until a consultation process has been completed.

The changes were made to the Coffee Industry Corporation Act, which has regulated the industry for the past 13 years.

But Mr Maladina says its safer to have an industry which affects two and a half million people regulated by the government:

"When you have a company regulate a sector you never know what might happen to that company. If for example it went into liquidation, then you have a liquidator possibly regulating an industry. If you have a company deciding, for example, to get out of its core business of coffe then you have situation there where that company regulates the industry."