The Resource Industry Recognition Awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel, hosted by National Planning Minister Sam Basil, and attended by senior industry executives, including Peter Botten (Oil Search), Andrew Barry (ExxonMobil PNG) and Moi Avei (Ok Tedi).
The awards went to:
• Oil Search Foundation which received the Outstanding Womens' Contribution in the resource industry for their efforts in improving services and accessibility of family and sexual violence, labour services and conduct outreach immunisation and ante natal care to women and children.
• International SOS, which received the Outstanding Health and Safety Initiatives through their partnership with Newcrest Mining, where they launched a TB outreach program and increased the detection and improve treatment of TB patients on Lihir.
• NKW Group received the Outstanding Landowner Company Shared Value Performance. NKW is one of the only few success stories of landowner companies that has developed from a small start-up to a nationally recognised company with operations across PNG and in Australia. The company has also invested in a wide range of community projects and has notable investments in agriculture through its subsidiary NKW Fresh which has employed field extension officers to roll out farmer training to nearly 700 farmers.
• Ok Tedi Mining received the Outstanding PNG Local Content or Training Champion award for taking the lead in assisting the National Apprentices and Trade Testing Board recognise belt splicing as a trade. This was an improvement for the mining industry, and the hundreds of PNG nationals that work in this industry who can now have their belt splicing skills being certified.
• ExxonMobil PNG received the award for Outstanding Environmental Initiative for publishing two books summarising scientific information about PNG's biodiversity in areas where it operates in which one of the books was a report from the biodiversity surveys completed at Wau Creek, Uro Creek, and Lake Kutubu.
• The Wafi Golpu Joint Venture received the award for Outstanding Humanitarian Initiative for its 'Mining Chocolate Program' which is partnership with local communities in which local farmers were able to rehabilitate their cocoa plantations which are now producing high quality beans. The beans are now being exported and used locally in the manufacture of chocolates.
"The awards reinforce the importance of the resource industry to Papua New Guinea as a big investor, not just in the mining, and oil and gas, but areas such as health, education, community infrastructure, employment, scholarships and training, agriculture, and SME," the Chamber said.