Youth leaders in the West Sepik Province spent the last 3 months of 2015, spreading the word on the importance of protecting their customary land and how land has been taken throughout the country through Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL).
PNG’s Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry sign a Heads of Agreement that would make KLK an equity partner in development of 37,000 ha oil palm project in East Sepik’s Special agriculture Economic Zone(SEZ).
Even though the Commission of Inquiry into the land grab has found the SABL process was flawed, land grabbing continues. Many communities are still not aware of what SABL is and how customary land is being stolen.
Peter Sondakh, the Rajawali Group chairman and chief executive officer, has set his sight on making his company a global giant in the palm oil business and sees PNG as the game changer for the industry.