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Plans For Law To Monitor Foreign Researchers In PNG

Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and technology, Pila Niningi, has assured that amendments are to be made to monitor foreign research coming into the country.

 

He said it is time to have this legislation passed to ensure research done is conducted in a manner that benefits PNG.

 

The Minister was responding to recommendations made by the PNG Science and Technology, today in Port Moresby, when attending their 3rd Meeting of the year.

 

The academics mostly stressed that many researchers are coming into the country at will and conducting research to gather and prosper in their academic qualifications.

 

This they said needs to be urgently monitored and regulated so that Higher Institutions are aware and collaborate to find out what purpose of research.

 

He says in this way the research can be justifiable if it is in the interest of the country other than personal gains.

 

The Minister gave further assurance that this is very serious and will be brought to the National Executive Council to be deliberated with.

Author: Tracey Parr of Loop PNG.

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Qatar’s Broadening Economic Base Offers Opportunities for PNG

 

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has concluded a series of high level meetings with Government Officials in the State of Qatar, from which he anticipates will come greater technical co-operation and investment from a country that has transitioned into the LNG market as is the current experience of Papua New Guinea.

 

Following meetings with Qatar’s Prime Minister, Finance Minister and other senior Government Officials, while on his return from the APEC Summit in Viet Nam, Prime Minister O’Neill said the key outcome of the visit is a further demonstration of the urgent need for Papua New Guinea to properly diversify the Nation’s economic base.

 

“We have been talking about diversifying our economy to maximise gains for some time, and now is the time to act so we can build our key sectors into the future,” the Prime Minister said at the meetings in Doha.

 

“There is great potential for creating thousands of new jobs, establishing new skills and stimulating small business.

 

“From humble beginnings, Qatar has diversified its economic base better than most resource-focused economies around the world.

 

“While oil and gas remain the cornerstone of its economy, Qatar has made inroads into downstream processing and other energy related fields.

 

“Qatar has also leveraged its resources boom to expand the tourism sector, and made substantial investment in agriculture around the world.

 

“The perspective from our engagement in Qatar is clear, that we have to not only get the most from expanding our LNG production, but we have to utilise these gains to diversify production and jobs in our economy.”

 

The Prime Minister said following the visit this week, a delegation from Kumul Consolidated Holdings, as well as other Government agencies and private sector representatives, will meet with officials in Qatar.

 

“The Qatar Prime Minister and I have agreed that we will bring together a joint forum to look at capacity building and investment opportunities between Papua New Guinea and Qatar.

 

“As an emerging economy, Papua New Guinea must take advantage of new opportunities to expand the economy. Importantly we must move beyond the boom-and-bust cycles that comes with dependency on global energy prices.

 

“In doing so we will draw on the experience and capacity building opportunities from countries like Qatar, and our other partners around the world.

 

“I look forward to tangible outcomes from the discussions that have taken place over the past two days, and delivering additional policy initiatives to work with the private sector.

 

“I thank the Prime Minister of Qatar, Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, for his invitation for Papua New Guinea to undertake an Official Visit to his country.”

 

Photo: Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, meeting with Qatar Prime Minister, Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, meeting in Doha on Tuesday.

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Simulator Plant Constructed For Kumul Petroleum Academy

Source: Post Courier
November 14, 2017
BY JEFFREY ELAPA

The simulated safe live processing plant (SLPP) at the Kumul Petroleum Academy at Idubada near Port Moresby would be fully commissioned by the New Year after work started on it this week.


It (SLPP) will be the first to be installed in the region to train oil and gas technicians and operators in PNG.


The SLPP plant or simulator is specifically designed to train and equip young trainees as in a real work place like the processing facilities that are in Hides and Kutubu.


The construction and installation of the processing plant was witnessed by chief secretary and chairman of Kumul Petroleum Academy Isaac Lupari, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited managing director Wapu Sonk and CEO and managing director of Site Group International Vern Wills yesterday.


The training facility was bought at a total cost of more than K4 million for trainee students to use for their training purpose which is similar to the processing plants at Kutubu and Hides.


So far there are 32 students undertaking the 15 months training of which 16 of them were funded by ExxonMobil while the other 16 trainees were funded by Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited.


Site Group International technical manager, Michael Costelloe said the facility is like a real work situation in which there will be a main control centre to control the processing plant.
He said instead of oil and gas, the facility will use air, water and oil which will be passed through a mixture which will be transported to a oil processor to separate the oil, air and water as in a real processing plant where oil, gas and water is separated.


Mr Costelloe said by having the facility like that will help better train and equip the trainees as they face the real life experience at the work place.


Mr Sonk said the installation of the stimulated safe live processing plant will not only train trainees for the oil and gas projects but other fields also.


The Prime Minister Mr Peter O’Neill will commission the facility in February next year.

Improved road access for Buin

Source: Loop PNG

For the first time in many years, the small Buin town area will see a boost in access through roads. This follows a recent upgrade made possible by the Papua New Guinea – Australia partnership.

 

Members of a community in Buin, including school children, were present on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the major project to seal the main town roads in Buin, laying the foundation for greater development in the South Bougainville region.

 

The K11.5 million project to upgrade Buin’s town roads was completed ahead of schedule and within budget.

 

The newly-sealed roads are engineered to take account of the heavy rainfall in the region and will provide a great boost to the local economy.

 

Member for South Bougainville Timothy Masiu, while acknowledging the initiative, said the local Buin community is already benefiting from the project.

 

He added that these new roads and improved drainage have given a tangible lift to the town and will help to drive economic and social development in Southern Bougainville.

 

For the first time, the health centre has safe and reliable access for residents. The road that passes the Buin Secondary School now has a pedestrian crossing as part of critical road safety improvements.

 

The long-standing partnership with Australia has delivered several major projects recently, including the resealing of the road from Arawa to Kieta Port and the resealing of Arawa’s town roads.

 

Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Rod Hilton, said the developments in Buin demonstrate Australia’s strong commitment to the transport sector in Bougainville.

 

“Connecting communities and businesses through safer, more reliable roads is crucial for Buin and the whole region. Quality roads are a real catalyst for growth and central to our partnership.”

(Buin Town roads)

Author: Imelda Wavik

Education to introduce new structure: Kuman

Source: The National

EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman, pictured, says there will be a new education structure introduced next year.

 
“The one-six-six school structure in the national education system will be implemented in 2018, starting with the National Capital Districts schools,” Kuman said.

 
He mentioned the plan during the Waigani Christian College graduation in Port Moresby on Friday.

 
“In this structure, each student will spend 13 years of schooling comprising one year elementary education, six years primary education and six years secondary education.
Kuman said the structure would allow all students to continue to grade 12.

 
“A child will start formal education at the age of five and is expected to complete secondary schooling at grade 12 at the age of 17 or 18,” Kuman said.

 
“The basis of introducing one-six-six school structure is to improve the quality of education and accessibility.

 
“The one-six-six school structure will have all children completing elementary to grade 12.”

 
He said the Waigani Christian College was a private institution regulated by the Education Department which had this structure.

 
“As the department looks forward to implementing the one-six-six structure, Waigani Christian College is already implementing this,” Kuman said.

 
“I have directed the abolishment of Grade Eight and Grade 10 examinations for selection purposes.

 
“This will be abolished over time as we create adequate space to take every student.”

Maru singles out regulation of electricity industry

Source: The National

10th November 2017

 

By LUKE KAMA 
NATIONAL Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru says a different body needs to regulate the electricity industry.

 
He said the cost of electricity in the country was among the highest in the world.

 
He gave K3.5 million yesterday to PNG Power Limited to install a transmission line from Popondetta to Girua Airport in Northern.

 
“I can say that the cost of electricity in Papua New Guinea is one of the highest in the world,” Maru said.

 
“And the challenge is how we, as a country, can make electricity cheap so that most of our people can have access to electricity, because it is sad that almost 80 per cent of our people are still without access to electricity.”

 
He challenged PNG Power to come up with strategic reforms which would use the rentable energy sectors.
“Producing electricity through generators using diesel is very expensive,” Maru said.
“We need to do away with that and move to renewable energy sources so that we can reduce the cost. That reduction can be passed onto the consumers to access cheaper electricity.”

 

 

Proud PM applauds Kumuls

 
“The whole country is with you in heart and mind as you prepare to take on England in the quarter-finals.”
 
Just like every Papua New Guinean, a proud Prime Minister Peter O’Neill extended his congratulations to the PNG LNG Kumuls on their whopping victory over USA yesterday (Nov 12).
 
“You demonstrated your professionalism on the field for a spectacular result,” says the PM.
 
“From the players, coaches and support staff we have seen the commitment to deliver three straight wins.
 
“It will be a tough match, and we know that you will give it your all as you prepare for the game in Melbourne next week.”
 
The PM further congratulates our friends from the United States for their support for rugby league and travelling to Papua New Guinea to meet our team.
 
“The matches played in Papua New Guinea have been an outstanding success,” he says.
 
“Well done to all of our Rugby League World Cup officials and volunteers who organised three great games of the national sport.
 
“Around Papua New Guinea we have enjoyed an outpouring of national pride and emotion.
 
“The success of these international games further strengthens the opportunity for Papua New Guinea to host further major rugby league games in Papua New Guinea.”
 
(Debutant Lachlan Lam and team mate Watson Boas celebrating yesterday at the Oil Search National Football Stadium. The Kumuls beat USA Hawks 64-0)
 
 
Author: Press release via Loop PNG.
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