The Commission of Inquiry into the Special Agriculture & Business Leases was established by the then Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Abal, MP by virtue of powers conferred upon him under Section 2 of the Commission of Inquiry Act (Chapter 31) on the 21st day of July, 2011 with instruction to inquire into seventy-five (75) specific SABLs. There were two (2) existing SABLs that were brought to the attention of the Inquiry, bringing the total number of SABLs investigated to seventy-seven (77).

The Inquiry was given three (3) months commencing on and from the date of the signature of the Instrument of Establishment and Appointment. As the initial three (3) month term was both insufficient and practically impossible due to the large number of SABLs involved and the fact that they were spread out across the country. The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill, CMG, MP extended the Inquiry for a further term of five months by notice published in the National Gazette G292 on the 18th October 2011.

Parliament House, Waigani

It wasn't until the 14th March 2013 that an Interim Report was given to the current Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill, CMG, MP.

The Parliamentary Statement given by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill, CMG, MP in National Parliament regarding the Interim Report of the COI SABL can be viewed and downloaded here.


A summary of the leases investigated by the Inquiry also available for download.