Premier & Trade
The Hon. Peter Beattie MP

10 December 2002

Smart State Technology At Work In PNG

Port Moresby: Premier Peter Beattie has congratulated Brisbane-based technology firm, Exa-Min Technologies on winning a $250,000 World Bank tender to develop software for use by the Papua New Guinea Department of Mines.

Premier Peter Beattie, who is on a trade mission to Papua New Guinea, said the tender for developing software for managing exploration and mining licences was awarded under the World Bank's Mining Sector Institutional Strengthening Project.

"This is another example of the Smart State in action and I am pleased to see a Queensland company competing successfully on a global basis," Mr Beattie said.

"This project will improve the regulation of exploration and mining projects in PNG.

"It will also help the PNG Government to secure technically, socially and environmentally sustainable private sector investment in the mining industry.

"Exa-Min's success with the World Bank tender shows that small Queensland companies have the expertise and know-how to win prestigious technology assignments against intense international competition," Mr Beattie said.

The announcement follows the awarding of a $1.8 million contract to Townsville-based technology company, Terra Search, under the same World Bank scheme earlier this year.

"Terra Search will develop and install data management and geographical information systems and train local staff in data capture and management," Mr Beattie said.

"Already, Terra Search is investigating other projects in Papua New Guinea."

Papua New Guinea has extensive natural resources and world-class mineral deposits.

Its mining sector accounts for 75 per cent of exports in dollar terms and over 25 per cent of Gross Domestic Product.

"Queensland companies have the capacity to be of great assistance to Papua New Guinea's development through projects funded by aid agencies," Mr Beattie said.

"We enjoy a warm friendship with Papua New Guinea and have a long trading history because of our close proximity and the size of our respective expatriate communities.

"And now our Smart State technology means we can offer Papua New Guinea an ideal working partnership for the benefit of both economies," Mr Beattie said.

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