Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) Tax Credit Scheme (TCS) has provided much needed infrastructure for the people of Western and Sandaun provinces for the last 20 years.

Providing infrastructure development to these provinces through TCS has improved the living standards, as it allows for basic services to reach remote communities in the provinces.

The Infrastructure TCS was set up in 1992 by the Government of Papua New Guinea and set at 0.75 per cent of assessable income for participating petroleum and mining companies to deliver infrastructure and development projects, on behalf of the provincial and national government to locations where the resources company operations are located.

 OTML registered under the TCS program in 1996, and since 1997 has provided significant development and impact projects to Western and Sandaun Provinces in the Telefomin and Oksapmin areas.

The projects cover different sectors from education, health, law and order, road infrastructure, foot bridges, agriculture and livestock, airstrips and jetties along the Fly River corridor.

The TCS Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) undertakes project site monitoring annually to ensure projects are implemented smoothly and within the approved funds.

In a recent visit to various TCS project site locations, representatives from the PAC were impressed with the progress of the projects and congratulated OTML and Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) Infrastructure Development Department (IDD).

According to Manager Economic Programs, Francis Chibelle, the team visited current TCS projects which included Oksapmin High School, Balimo Hospital and staff houses, Kiunga Water Supply, the site of the new Kiunga Sewerage Treatment Plant, and Monfort Primary school classrooms and teachers’ houses.

The team also attended the official opening of the Balimo Hospital staff houses that were funded by TCS.

A Memorandum of Agreement was executed between OTML and OTDF in 2012, where OTML TCS is managed and administered by the OTML Economic Programs Department and OTDF IDD takes care of implementing the projects.

Mr Chibelle said OTML works closely with the communities, Districts, Local Level Governments and Provincial Governments of Sandaun and Western Province, the National Government, State agencies and Aid Donors to support and deliver the projects.

Mr Chibelle said remote locations and weather conditions in most of the project sites have been some of the greatest challenges for the team on the ground.

Below are some of the projects funded through the OTML Tax Credit Scheme (TCS): The Balimo Hospital, Montfort Primary School classroom and teachers houses and Oksapmin High School classrooms, dormitories and teachers houses.

 

25072017 Balimo HospitalThe Balimo Hospital

25072017 Montfort PrimaryThe Monfort Primary School Classrooms

 

 

 

25072017 Oksapmin High SchoolThe Oksapim High School Classrooms