5 Jun 2013

Former NZ minister in PNG to talk enterprise reform

11:02 am on 5 June 2013

A former New Zealand government minister, Richard Prebble, is in Papua New Guinea for talks with the Independent Public Business Corporation about state enterprise reforms.

Mr Prebble arrived in Port Moresby at the invitation of the public enterprises minister Ben Micah and the IPBC's managing director and board chairman.

Our correspondent says in a brief meeting, Mr Prebble has told Mr Micah that State Enterprises reform is politically challenging and some people will not be happy with it.

Mr Micah says PNG is interested in learning about New Zealand's experiences and how it involved the indigenous Maori people in the reform process.

He says he wants New Zealand's help to formulate policy for landowner and citizen ownership and participation