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U20 World Cup security preparations underway

A joint committee has been created comprising of the PNG Defence Force, Customs, National Airport Corporation, Department of Transport, the National Maritime and Safety Authority, National Security Advisory Council, PNG Fire Service and NCDC with RPNGC as the lead agency for the public safety and security plan.

The expectations of FIFA have been shared with the stakeholders and together the committee will be working to ensure that the requirements are met from each agency.

Local Organising Committee chief executive officer Seamus Marten said preparation is going according to schedule stating that security planning is also an important area for FIFA because there will be visiting guests including 16 international teams that will be coming into the country for the event.

“The security plan is not only to ensure the safety of the participating teams but also the security of the fans, international media and visiting guests that will be in Port Moresby during the three-week tournament.”

“We want the fans and the people who came to Port Moresby to enjoy a world class event in a safe and secure environment,” said Marten.

The chairman of the committee, RPNGC Director Community Policing Superintendent John Kolopen in the meeting said the operations order has been drafted that includes contributions by the other stakeholders.

The Operational Order will have to be endorsed by the RPNGC Commissioner and then the National Executive Council depending on the details of the operation. The operational order will include FIFA requirements which calls for 60 percent of the security personnel to be female.

LOC security manager, Hetahu Lohia said that an expression of interest for the use of private security firms will be publish at the end of this month for private security firms to apply. The announcement of the successful applications will be made at the end of August.

The successful security firms will provide security at the match venues, training venues and the accommodation sites.

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