Monthly Archives: January 2017

Non-timely release of IMF raises concern: Barker

IMF Report

The non-timely release of the International Monetary Fund Article IV Report is almost unprecedented around the world and certainly in the Asia/Pacific to withhold from public viewing.

It also raises a lot of concern and suggests that the IMF has provided figures and commentary which express concern over the state of the economy and presumably over management aspects affecting the balance of payment says an economist.

Director of the Institute of National Affairs (INA) Paul Barker was responding to the explanation by Bank of PNG Governor Loi Bakani and the continued delay of the release of the report.


                                                                                                                                                                                           Picture from Business PNG- EMTV

This is despite the assurance by the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill last week at the PNG Media Council’s inaugural luncheon that the report would be released by relevant authorities.

“Last week the PM said he had no issues with the report and that he would ask the central bank to endorse its release.

The bank has now produced this unheralded condemnation of aspects of the Article IV Report and stated that it will consider authorising its release, but only basically after it (IMF) uses figures that concur with those of the Central Bank.

“It’s almost unprecedented around the world and certainly in the Asia/Pacific region to seek to withhold the IMF report from public viewing and therefore also the market.

“It would be better to have the report released and reduce negative speculation. “BPNG has highlighted the areas of its key concerns so has in effect revealed some of the content of the IMF report.

“It is odd that some of the issues apparently raised were also contained in the 2015 Report which was released,” Mr Barker said.

The economist says the issues that may have been raised thus resulting in the non-release, notably may be the use of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and debt figures, while also the management of the exchange rate and foreign exchange.

Nonetheless he said the private sector is well aware of the issues and particularly the impact. “They realise the kina value was raised by some 17 per cent in 2013 with a negative impact on agricultural producers and the tourism sector.

All busineses are aware also aware of the impact of the foreign exchange squeeze on their operations. “Imports were reduced dramatically by the restrain on import figures as the measure of months of foreign exchange reserve held,” he said.

The economists argues figures had been revised adding that if they had been then the bank and the National Statistics office may need to explain and defend the basis of the new data provided, not just to IMF but the wider community.

Treasury Secretary Dairi Vele said yesterday that he would be releasing a statement explaining the issues on the IMF  report.

Remote Central school receives assistance from Police



Sunday January 29, 2017

Community policing and public relations are very essential aspects of effective policing in this challenging society says Assistant Police Commissioner Sylvester Kalaut.

ACP Kalaut who is Commander of Police in the National Capital District and Central Provinces made this remarks when donating 50 desks and 50 chairs to the Duramu elementary school in the Abau district of the Central Province. Duramu elementary is a remote school in the Central Province that has being providing basic education without proper facilities.


Mr Kalaut said after visiting the school he noticed the challenges faced by the children and decide to help them with the desks and chairs as part of the community policing.

Head Teacher Rupa Abi said it was a first of its kind for the community to receive donation for the police

“I’m very pleased to receive the donation for the police on behalf of the Duramu Elementary school and the community. This will, indeed need have great impact on the community and the school,” Abi said.

The desk and chairs have been previously use by the Southern Division Training Centre at the Gordon. However, Mr Kalaut said the training centre have been moved to Hohola to cater for the temporarily relocation of Central Police headquarters in town to Gordons.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki Re-Introduces 2017 as the Year of Discipline

Police Commissioner Gari Baki has reintroduced 2017 as the years of discipline and urged all policemen and women to uphold the Constabulary’s disciplinary values.
Commissioner Baki announced this last Friday during the pass-out parade of the Police Recruit intake 1 of 2016 at the Bomana Police College.
“I have reintroduced the year of discipline in 2017 and expect all members of the Constabulary including you all 242 recruits on parade to uphold these values.
“I expect you to strictly enforce these values because our aim is to eradicate the rot and regain the confidence and trust of our people,” Commissioner Baki said.

He said the only ways to win the public’s trusts and confidence is to demonstrate Godly principles in everything they did, whether at work or outside of their working environment.
He challenged the 242 probationary constables to work hard in the next 18- months Competency Acquisition Programme (CAP), to become fully-fledged members of the Constabulary.
“Over the next 18-month, I will assess your performance and decide whether you should become permanently enlisted as members of the Constabulary,” Commissioner Baki said.

He said this assessment period is critical because Probationary constables who step out of line faces the risk of being immediately dismissed and they will not have a second change to re-enter the organisation.

MEDIA STATEMENT Sunday January 29, 2017 

Democracy not compromised

The Democracy of Papua New Guinea is not compromised.

That is the assurance by the Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato when responding to comments by the former government printer Ken Kaia and current Government Printer Christine Lenturut in relation to the printing of the 10 million 2017 election ballot papers overseas in Indonesia instead of locally.

“Let me assure the nation that we (PNG Electoral Commission) are not compromising the democracy of this nation.”

“The important thing to note is that we have to secure the ballot papers because there were attempts in the past to duplicate them,” he said.

Mr Gamato said that the 2017 ballot papers are a more improved version (of the 2012 election ballot papers) that has a total of nine security features embedded.


He said the 2017 ballot papers will come in a pad of 50 leaves and are expected to be in the country by the end of March or early April where they will be unpacked and repacked to be distributed to all the provinces and electorates prior to commencement of polling on June 24.

During polling two ballot papers (provincial and open) will be issued to a voter at polling stations and the butts of the ballot papers will be kept by the presiding officers and will be used later to account for every ballot paper that has been issued at each polling station.

‘Each ballot paper is the choice of a voter and it’s my responsibility as Electoral Commissioner to protect that and ensure that the ballot papers we print must be secure and of world class.”

“I want to assure the people of PNG that the Pura Group of Companies which is printing the 2017 ballot papers is a world class and reputable company and I have actually visited the company myself and have seen the premises and I’m satisfied,” he said.

Pura Group prints ballot papers for the Indonesian general elections as well as ballot papers for other countries. The company also prints currencies for foreign countries.

It has also delved into the mobile sim card business, embedding sim card security features.


Sitting at work: a health hazard

by Cathy Johnson

Spending hours of your day sitting might be shortening your life, even if you’re getting the recommended amounts of daily exercise.

Many of us spend large chunks of our day sitting, especially when we’re at work. If we’re not glued to a computer screen or tethered to a phone, then we’re stuck in seats around tables in meetings. And that’s on top of the hours we spend sitting in cars, buses or trains getting to and from work.


All this sitting seems to increase your risk of death from heart disease and other causes, research has found. And surprisingly, this happens even if you exercise regularly.

“If you do 30 to 60 minutes a day of exercise, you tick the box of being active,” says Melbourne exercise researcher, Dr David Dunstan. “But then you potentially have 15 or so hours a day when you’re not sleeping and not exercising that you could be spending predominantly sitting.”

There’s evidence the typical office worker is sedentary for 75 per cent of their working day. From research conducted over the past decade, it’s become clear this sitting affects our body’s processing of fats and sugars in ways that increase our risk of heart disease and diabetes.

And exercising every day won’t necessarily undo this damage. In fact, excessive sitting might undo the benefits of our daily exercise.

“When we’re idle, we’re not contracting muscles and muscle contraction is an important component of the body’s regulatory processes,” says Dunstan, from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. In fact, one American expert, Professor Marc Hamilton, from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, has gone so far as to suggest sitting for most of the day may be as dangerous to health as smoking.

Lounge room to workplace

Earlier in the year, the issue had some publicity with the release of a study, by Dunstan and others. The researchers linked four or more hours a day of television watching with an 80 per cent increased risk of death from heart disease, and a 46 per cent increased risk of death from all causes. That’s compared to people who spent less than two hours a day in front of the box.

But it’s the fact we watch TV while sitting or lying still that’s the problem, rather than TV per se, Dunstan says. This clearly has implications for the highly sedentary workplace environment, something health authorities and employers in Australia are only just starting to come to terms with.

The key is to avoid sitting as much as possible or at least break up your sitting time – even if only by standing, which uses more muscles than sitting. (This is not mentioned in the current national exercise guidelines but Dunstan and others believe they need to change.)

In Scandinavia, height-adjustable desks, which allow you to shift from working in a sitting to standing position at the press of a button, are becoming common. But the demand in Australia so far is low, which affects prices and availability.

“Some are as cheap as $500 but most are around $1000 to $1500,” says Dunstan, who has a made his own homespun alternative – a wooden box which serves as a laptop pedestal for when he wants to work standing up at his desk.

“I don’t think we’re at the point yet where we can say exactly how long we can safely sit… The broadest recommendation we can make is just to avoid prolonged sitting; stand up and move about more often.”

What you can do

Even little activities like getting up to make a cup of tea can make a difference.

“We’ve actually reported that people who break up their sedentary time throughout the day, regardless of their total sedentary time, have a better health profile,” Dunstan says. “It all comes down to moving the muscles.”

For Dunstan that means not sitting on public transport, and standing or moving around as much as possible while taking phone calls and during meetings.

“I just say at the start of the meeting ‘I will get up and move around. Please don’t think I’m not listening.’ What happens is once one person starts to stand up, others start to too. But we don’t usually stand and move all the time because you know, you still need to write.”

Ultimately, he’d like to see changes in office design that encourage us to be less sedentary: centralised mail collection points, standing “hot desks” for internet browsing, lunch rooms with benches at standing height, and reading rooms with exercise bikes.

But you can try smaller measures – both at work and at home, such as:

  • Standing when you use your phone (or use a cordless handset or headset so you can move around even more)
  • Moving your rubbish bin/printer further away from your desk so you need to get off your chair to access them
  • Taking the stairs instead of the lifts between floors
  • Walking to a colleague to talk to them instead of sending an email
  • Getting up to move around for few minutes or so every hour
  • Doing household chores like ironing or folding the washing while watching TV
  • Standing to watching children’s sporting activities.

2017 legal year opens

BY: Sally Pokiton

Agencies of the Law and Justice Sector today came together to commemorate the opening of the 2017 Legal year in Port Moresby.

The morning started with a march from the Jack Pidik Park at Five-Mile to the Sione Kami Memorial Church, were a service was held.


Members of the Judiciary, Lawyers, Disciplinary forces and the Correctional Institute were reminded of their role, which is to protect and uphold the constitution of this country so that PNG remains an independent and viable democracy.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, in addressing those gathered, said the Law and Justice sector agencies have a common interest in ensuring that the laws of Papua New Guinea, including the constitution, are maintained and protected at all times. This is because it is the laws and the constitution of PNG that hold us together.

“The future security of our country is in your hands and my hands. Politicians will come and go, you and I will remain steadfast and continue to uphold the constitution with our responsibilities,” he stated.

“We are talking about justice and we have a mutual common interest to uphold the law in such a way that justice is done fairly so that the people’s rights, the constitution and obligations are respected and upheld at all times.”

Sir Salamo told the agencies to put the past behind them in order to meet the challenges of the new year with a new vision, and with the purpose of the law in mind.

“The security of our country, the safety of its people lies in our functions being performed in a fair and efficient manner,” Sir Salamo went on to say.

Hela Call Out Progressing

Jack Lapauve Jnr

The Call Out Operation is progressing in Hela, with another notorious warlord surrendering his guns on Saturday.

Gigita warlord, Buka Miape, surrendered more than 15 homemade guns, with two being factory made. Miape and his community walked the streets of Tari town under the escort of joint forces to surrender their guns.


While surrendering his guns, Miape appealed to his enemy tribe to do the same. Governor Potape also echoed same sentiments for all warring tribes.

Praising the Gigita warlord, PNGDF Contingent Task Force Commander, Lt. Col John Manuai, says more guns are still in possession of warlords and must be surrendered.

This is the third gun surrender program so far since the Call Out was launched three weeks ago.

Hela Governor, Francis Potape, says a program will be drafted for each LLG’s to surrender before the Gum amnesty ends.

All weapons seized will be recorded by the joint forces, including names, and will be destroyed a day before the gun moratorium elapses.

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