re: rugged terrainMay 16 2011 at 5:00 PM
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Response to PNG will never ever be Singapore... or India... or Malaysia... or France
Where there is a will there is a way.
The rugged terrain did not stop the construction of the Higlands Highway and this was done in the 1970's.
How else are we going to build up our infrastructure base? The most effective way to build an aidpost is to move the materials by truck to the location. Otherwise, you will have to fly it in or build it using semi permanent bush material.
A good example is the price of products such as Coke. Cheaper where road systems are good, expensive if you need special arrangements e.g. airfrieght.
Road movements also facilitate the exchange of people and ideas.
I acknowledge the rugged terrain will be the major obstacle to overcome but this can be used as a nation building exercise. This can be seen as the struggle for development that if the PNG people can truly get involved to build, it will define this generation of Papua New Guineans. It can be developed like how the Hoover Dam was built in the United States, where unemployed people on the streets were utilised to build the great dam. We can utilise the unemployed as a national exercise to build the national highways.
This exercise will allow people to interact and be actually part of building something that will make a lasting impact for this nation. It is something that a generation of people can look back and say to their children, I was part of that. I built this great nation.