Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Alotau Open, Hon. Charles Abel and EU Delegation Acting Head of Cooperation Mr Adrien Mourgues officially opened the Sibalai Resource Centre, a multipurpose building which includes a conference room, kitchen, cooperative shop and an office for women in business etc. as well as a nursery, copra drying facility and piggery facility.
In officially opening the facilities Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Alotau Open, Hon. Charles Abel encouraged the people to make good use of the resources; a message echoed by Mr Mourgues who encouraged the community to also do so in recognition of the late Kediloni Varia who donated the land where the project sits and said this demonstrates community empowered development.
Mr Mourgues also shared with the community that he was pleased to see that the water access and sanitation programme funded by the EU under the 9the European Development Fund to Sibalia is still operated and appreciated by the community; further encouraging community efforts to ensure its continued and sustainable use.
Sibalai, is one of four communities in the three main regions of Papua New Guinea (Momase, Highlands and Islands regions) supported by European Union funding of the Millennium Development Programme implemented by UNDP, with backing by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, sets out to support community development projects by benefitting more than 5,000 villagers directly in four selected villages but creating indirect benefits far beyond, for an estimated 50,000 villagers.