Monthly Archives: December 2017

Deal made for fishing businesses to recieve loans

By MARK HAIHUIE 


THE National Fisheries Authority has paid K1 million to the Peoples Microbank Limited as part of an arrangement to provide a loan facility to fishing businesses.

 
Bank’s head of credit Danny Koka said it was an installment of the K5 million agreed to in 2014.

 
Koka said the agreement with NFA since 2014 was the commitment of K5 million which would be used as a revolving fund for fisheries business loans.

 
“So far they have given usK3 million and from that we have already lent out K4.2 million to customers,” he said.

 
“The maximum we disperse is K25,000 for fisheries-based business such as to those who want to buy dinghies for their businesses or equipment for fishing and across a range of needs.

 
“This next installment will go a long way in supporting the success we have had with the loans from this arrangement.”

 
NFA provincial support and industry development executive manager Welete Wararu said similar arrangements were in place with other organisations.

 
She said it was important to have timely reporting on funds used to enable funding from NFA.

 
“We are not in the banking business but rather come in with funding to create an enabling environment for fisheries businesses to get funding with ease,” she said.

 
“It is important for us at NFA to have reports on the funds so that funds committed through our agreements either for PML or others to be given early so that we can maintain the support for those in the fisheries sector by getting the funding.”

4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

Chan reaffirms stance against Solwara 1 project

24/12/2017

The views of Governor Sir Julius Chan and the New Ireland Provincial Government have not changed, they have always been against the experimental seabed mining.

This was reaffirmed by NIPG after Loop PNG published an article questioning the governor’s stance.

 

In response, Loop PNG was told that the provincial government has been demanding that an independent environmental impact study be conducted and the findings be made known to NIPG.

 

“It will be worthwhile to note that the decision for Nautilus minerals to mine undersea had been made by the national government and as it is under the Mining Act, everything in the earth, in and above the sea belongs to the State,” clarified the government.

 

“Sir J recognises this and is working on amendments to the act, so mama and papa graun can be fully recognised as owners of these minerals.

 

“The amendments have gone before Parliament as a private member’s bill.”

 

NIPG further said as Nautilus is doing business in New Ireland waters using the road and land as access to its ships, etc, they have demanded that Nautilus give back to the community in projects, which it is doing on the west coast.

 

“Nautilus had so far shown good corporate responsibility but this is not enough to convince NIPG that seabed mining is safe.”

 

Meanwhile, non-governmental organisations have been advised to visit Sir Julius’ Kavieng office and dialogue with their government.

 

Author: Jemimah Sukbat

Source: Loop PNG

Picture Credit: Loop PNG File Pic.

Water project to benefit villagers

The Papa Lealea village situated a few kilometers from the PNG LNG site after two decades will finally receive a long awaited basic service of water supply.

 

The water supply, an Initiative of the provincial government will be implemented later today.

 

This follows the ground breaking ceremony in March this year.

 

Present at the launching ceremony will be dignitaries, including Member for Kairuku Hiri, Peter Iso Aimo, and representatives from the Governor’s office and Water PNG, including CEO and Managing Director, Raka Taviri.

 

Taviri said water supply is a most important basic need.

 

He also highlighted some of statistics including the effect of climate change and its impact.

 

For the launch, initially the water supply will be free for 17 days after which charges will apply.

 

An agreement is also anticipated to be signed between the government and Water PNG.

 

Council members from both Papa and Lelea acknowledged the initiative and said it was a burden loosened up for the villagers.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Source: Loop PNG.

Airline hails increase in transport subsidies

ONE proposed Government action that should clearly benefit PNG Air is the proposal to increase subsidies for the transport of perishable agricultural products in the country, says chairman Murray Woo.

 
He said this was a sensible economic policy, promoting growth in the agricultural sector, and potentially leading to export markets as well as some import substitution.

 
“It fits particularly well with PNG Air’s decision to convert one of its Dash 8 aircraft to a freighter configuration,” Woo said. “Increased vegetable carriage would provide a steady revenue stream from this aircraft, importantly on flights into Port Moresby.

 
“The aircraft is also able to carry relatively large one-off loads by charter, and to make other regular cargo runs.

 
“The board has not been content to rely on re-fleeting and an upturn in the PNG economy alone to improve the company’s performance.”

 
He said Nasfund, as one of the airline’s major shareholders, had commissioned a report on the company’s business and strategy from the major aviation consultants Aviado.
“The board looks forward to seeing what they may recommend,” he said.

 
“The company has also been the subject of a report from board and governance consultants appointed by the Bank of PNG to look at the board functioning and corporate governance of all companies in which superannuation companies such as Nasfund have substantial holdings, and some recommendations from those consultants to further improve the company’s governance are being implemented.

 
“While there are these positives, certain challenges remained in 2017 due in particular to the weak economic conditions and deteriorating exchange rates.

 
“The falling world commodity prices of the past four years have seen exploration activity remain low and as a result the charter business was flat.”

 

Source: The National

Water supply to get K4mil boost

CHIMBU Governor Michael Dua says the water supply services into Kundiawa will be upgraded at a cost of K4 million.

 
He told The National yesterday that the main upgrading work would be carried out by Water PNG.
But a team of engineers from Eda Ranu are already in Chimbu to carry out the scoping design for the work.

 
“The water supply in Kundiawa has become a chronic disease over the last 10 years,” Dua said.

 
“We have the township continuing to expand, public servants are living and working in the town as well as our people and the business community.

 
“So it’s important that we get our water supply system upgraded and fixed.”

 
Dua plans to improve basic services such as water supply, roads and bridges, electricity, school and health infrastructure.

 
“I want to get all the basic services functioning before moving onto big things.
“I am starting with Kundiawa and will move out to the districts.”

 
Dua commended the Simbaiku, Okendiye and Yongomugl tribes for allowing the water supply restoration project to take place.

 
“I am calling on the Government to make this a priority and release the second batch of K6 million that was already approved by the National Executive Council to pay the landowners who own the water that we are going to pipe to the town residents,” he said.

 
“The NEC has approved K12 million already to pay the landowners and K6 million was paid earlier but the remaining K6 million is yet to be paid.”

 

Source: The National.

Boat operators warned

22/12/2017

Transport Secretary Roy Mumu is appealing to boat operators in maritime provinces to heed strong wind warnings that are being issued by the weather office during this festive period.

 

 

He said operators of banana boats should take precaution and refrain from traveling in the open seas during times of strong winds.

 

 

“My transport message is clear, let’s enjoy the festive season,” Mumu said.

 

 

Despite similar appeals being issued year in, year out, reports of missing boats continue in the maritime provinces.

 

The role of search and rescue under the transport sector falls under the National Maritime Safety Authority.

 

CEO of the National Maritime Safety Authority, Paul Unas, said one of its function is to coordinate maritime search and rescue.

 

“We are putting a lot of resources into improving that particular section.

 

“Recently the board has given its approval for NMSA to acquire and procure a search and rescue management capabilities for us to be able to improve our capabilities within that particular unit to respond to search and rescue coordination,” Unas said.

 

Transport Minister Wesley Nukundj said for the people living along the coast, going out to sea is an everyday event for them and the department needs to provide transport that is easily accessible to them.

 

“For me, banana boat is not the way to go. You have one skipper and you see 20 people on the boat and it’s not safe.

 

“Under my leadership, we want to try and phase that out, get a form of transport that is user-friendly.

 

“Banana boat is not safe,” the minister reiterated.

 

Author: Sally Pokiton

Source: Loop PNG.

Juffa Condemns Killing Of Young Woman

Oro Governor Gary Juffa Has Condemned The Killing Of An Innocent Young Woman From Enga Accused Of Sorcery-Related Crimes.

 

 


Oro Governor Gary Juffa has condemned the killing of an innocent young woman from Enga accused of sorcery-related crimes.

 

“Many who were there or who had relatives there including a few womenfolk, have totally endorsed this horrible crime and some have even gone as far as posting the photos declaring the crime as if justice had been carried out,” he said.

 

“Our collective silence, especially that of leaders such as myself and others including churches and NGOs only endorses these vile crimes,” said Juffa.

 

He added that as leaders of ENGA Province the onus of them to speak out against this is vital. I urge my fellow Governor Peter IPATAS especially to stand up against this and see that actions are taken to bring the criminals responsible to face justice.

K1m boat for B’ville islanders

22/12/ 2017
 Source: Loop PNG

Christmas has come early for the coastal people of Torokina and South Bougainville as they received a boat worth K1 million.

 

 

The boat will make access easier for transporting goods and produce like cocoa and copra between Torokina, South Bougainville and Buka town.

 

The people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), even after 20 years after one of the bloodiest civil wars known in the history of Papua New Guinea, are still picking up rather slowly on the normalcy known throughout the country – like the tradition of celebrating Christmas.

 

Around 20,000 lives were lost, millions of kina worth of properties destroyed and hundreds of millions of kina in revenue lost as a result of the forced closure of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine.

 

The presentation of the boat is worth celebrating as this is a major burden lifted off for these people who use the Buka passage on a daily basis.

 

 

The other side of the Island, where the main local industry and business operations are often carried out, is only accessible by boat or ferry. This often requires at least a 10-minute cross over from Mainland Buka, from Kokapau.

 

In attendance for the presentation was AROB president John Momis, including other members of the Bougainville Provincial Government.

 

 

During a short speech, president Momis described Bougainvilleans as “proud people who can make a contribution to liberate them from any form of bondage”.

 

The vessel was purchased by South Bougainville Member Timothy Masiu using his electorate’s district services improvement program (DSIP) funds.

 

The boat was bought from businessman Sam Tasion and christened MV Sandyrose Toroka.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Spot fines for traffic offences enforced

ANY driver breaking traffic rules over the festive season may have to pay a spot-fine, says 4-Mile traffic police chief Philip Koliadi, pictured,.
He told The National that any traffic offence would be subjected to either a spot-fine or referred to police stations to pay.
“Roadblocks will be everywhere in the three electorates in Port Moresby and my advice to the public and motorists,don’t drive if you drink, don’t drive an unregistered or unroadworthy vehicle or without licence,” Koliadi said.
He said if they were caught at roadblocks, they might not be attending Christmas celebrations.
“Police will be issuing traffic infringement notice to drivers to pay spot fines for minor offences, or be taken to the stations to be dealt with if they did not adhere to the law,” Koliadi said.
He urged the motorists to also make sure they collected a receipt when they were fined.

Source: The National

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