Over 100 local security firms in PNG gathered today in Port Moresby to discussion issues affecting them following an MoU signed by the Security Industry Authority between G4S, Black Swan and Guard Dog Security who are foreign owned companies earlier this year to provide training and certify locals to work in security firms. In the forum representatives from security companies expressed their disappointment on the arrangement stating that it was unfair for these competing firms to have an added advantages and improved market share over them. They claimed the signing earmarked a negative image in the industry and undermined the potential of local firms.
They say the Police commissioner Gari Baki as the Chairman of the Security Industry Authority should be impartial taking into account local firms. Further more they stated that the action of the authority contradicts the government’s aim of improving and promoting National Small to Medium Enterprises.
Mr. Baki told PNGFM News Center today (29/10/15) that there were no correspondence or talks between the local firms that he was aware of therefore he could not comment on their grievances. He then confirmed that he did not sight the letter that pointed out the concerns of the local security firms.
The Interim Security Industry Association that is comprised of representatives from locally owned security firms claimed that they have issued two letters to Mr. Baki and are still waiting for his response. They also added that copies of the same letter were given to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Police Minister Robert Atiyafa this year. Since there was no response from Mr. Baki.
Agendas discussed in at the meeting were:
• Letter provided to the Police Commissioner but he did not respond
• Government Review of Security Industry Authority
• Security Industry is a reserved business unless for technological or expertise that can not be provided by national staff
• Foreign Investment in the establishment of a Government funded Security Training Academic
• Setting up of security association to advocate for local firms
• Election of Interim Association members