Papua New Guinea
Program Phase: Pilot
Program Partners: St Barbara Ltd, Simberi Mine Services Ltd
Picturesque and isolated, the Tabar Group of Islands (TGI) in New Ireland, PNG, are home to the Simberi Gold Mine, operated by St Barbara since 2012. The mine has brought a significant increase in economic opportunities for the local community. On closure of the mine, an independent economic future for the community needs to be developed to ensure the community continues to thrive.
In 2018, an Options Study was conducted to assess potential agricultural opportunities that met local agronomic conditions plus logistical challenges and have a strong return on investment for the local community. Cocoa was viewed as a viable opportunity.
Business for Development is working with St Barbara’s Environment and Community Relations teams to:
The program will enable St Barbara to create a positive legacy for the region by developing a sustainable cocoa enterprise for the local communities. Through collaboration with other regional stakeholders, St Barbara is demonstrating leadership in what may become a broader provincial economic development plan.
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