7 Oct 2009

Inquiry into anti-Asian riots important for PNG's future, says Chamber of Commerce

9:09 pm on 7 October 2009

The Papua New Guinea chamber of commerce supports an inquiry into this year's anti-Asian riots which is set to start next week.

Anti-Asian protests were followed by ransacking of chinese-owned stores first in Port Moresby, closely followed by Lae, and then in the Highlands in May, causing at least three deaths.

The inquiry will be made by 15 MPs who will talk to key stakeholders to try to find out what triggered the riots and how to prevent a recurrence.

The chamber of commerce president, John Lei, says the inquiry is important for the country's future.

"What we need to do in relation to investment from overseas is to make sure our local people here are involved so that they can leran from it and leran from the skills and techniques and all the rest of it that the overseas investors bring and if that's done then PNg has alot to learn from the asian enterpreneurial skills that will help develop an enterpreneurial culture here too."

John Lei