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Companies in Port Moresby want alcohol ban lifted

THE PNG Manufacturers’ Council has called for the lifting of the alcohol ban in Port Moresby.
Chief executive officer Chey Scovell said the ban was hurting its member companies and the council wanted stakeholders to find a more appropriate and effective solution to alcohol-related problems.
He said their member companies who legally manufactured and sold alcohol products, contributed significantly to Papua New Guinea’s internal revenue.
“Excise collection makes possible the funds for things such as free education and health,” Scovell said in a statement yesterday.
“It is very disappointing to see these restrictions on our members trading come into place without consultation.”
He added that it was a concern that authorities continued to implement ineffective policies.
“In the PNG context, bans have exacerbated the problem by increasing the size of the homebrew and unregulated sales markets,” Scovell said.
“We don’t expect these bans to reduce the number of alcohol-related problems over the break.”

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