Category Archives: Agreement

NEC approves 5yr extension for registration of land groups

 
October 20, 2017 
Source: The National
 
 
THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved a five-year extension for the registration of Integrated Land Groups(ILGs).
 
Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko told The National that it would be welcomed by the business community, especially in the agriculture sector, resources sectors and industries.
 
The extension is expected to give time to landowners to clearly identify their land.
 
The deadline lapsed in February.
 
“NEC has approved for the five-year extension for the ILGs to be identified and certified as requested by the industry and business houses, especially the New Britain Oil Palm, Mineral Resources Development Corporation, Oil Search and the big companies that deal with landowners in their developments and activities,” he said.
 
“Whether it’s agriculture, mining or development, whatever the area is, the ILGs can now be properly and correctly identified.”
 
Tkatchenko said a lot of ILGs had still not been clearly identified when the deadline lapsed eight months ago.
 
“Customary landowners and ownership of this ILGs have not been properly identified,” he said.
 
“So there was a request for the business side of things and for our big corporate companies that deal with customary land and landowners in our country.”
 
Tkatchenko said it was part of the 100-day plan that Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel had put forward.
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Abel Briefs World Bank and IMF on Next Moves to Advance PNG’s Submarine Internet Cable and Discussed Concessional Funding for Restructuring Debt

 

22 October 2017
Source: Office Of The Prime Minister

Engagement with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, that will stimulate positive economic development in the face of global challenges, has been advanced at meetings in Washington D.C. by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Hon. Charles Abel MP.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Abel said the new submarine fibre optic communications cable project, that will deliver cheaper and faster Internet, and the provision of concessional financing for the restructuring of existing debt, will deliver positive economy stimulus for the economy.

 

“Papua New Guinea has a close working relationship with the World Bank and IMF, and the benefits of this engagement will become even more obvious to our people with the delivery of cheaper and faster Internet.

 

“Working with the World Bank, and also our partners in Australia, the new submarine communications cable will deliver greater Internet access for Papua New Guineans.

 

“The new communications cable will make the Internet we received on our computers and smart phones much faster, and with the increased supply we will see Internet data prices fall.

 

“Increased access to the Internet is essential if we are to advance Papua New Guinea’s economy and improve service delivery.

 

“The submarine cable has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, and now we are moving ahead so that it will be in place ahead of the APEC Summit.

 

“The time given to our country by the World Bank and IMF executive for meetings in Washington was tremendous.

 

“I took the opportunity to remind them of the particular circumstances of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific small island states.

 

“I said PNG has globally significant natural assets to build a new, responsible, sustainable economy that brings inclusive development to its people but also can support climate change mitigation globally.

 

“We are confronted with our immediate development challenges and are also on the frontline of the effects of climate change.”

 

The Deputy Prime Minister said discussions with the World Bank on restructuring existing debt with concessional funding will further simplify debt that has been established over recent decades, and reduce servicing costs.

 

“Papua New Guinea has never defaulted on a debt payment, and this is respected by global institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

 

“We are in talks with the World Bank and IMF so that we can bring together a number of scattered debts and consolidate these under a single debt facility at a much more favourable interest rate.

 

“Debt consolidation will save public funds and retire outstanding loans quicker than had previously been possible.”

 

Deputy Prime Minister Abel was accompanied by Treasury Secretary, Dairi Vele, and the Governor for the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Loi Bakani.

 

As well as the main Plenary Sessions of the World Bank Meeting, the DPM participated on 3 panels, including a panel with the World Bank CEO, and the Finance Ministers for Indonesia and Serbia, on Asia and the Growing Middle Class and Inclusive Development.

 

The DPM also had 15 meetings including separate meetings with CEO of the World Bank, Kristalina Gregorieva, Asia Pacific Director, Victoria Kwakwa, and Australian Treasurer, Scott Morrison.

Wereh: Road to be redesigned, reconstructed

 
October 20, 2017
Source: The National
 
By LUKE KAMA
 
WORKS Secretary David Wereh has clarified that the Chimbu section of the Highlands Highway, from Chuave to Munde at the border of Western Highlands, will be redesigned and reconstructed using advanced engineering technologies.
 
During a tour of the highway with Works Minister Michael Nali from Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands to Lae on Monday, Wereh highlighted that the Chimbu section was the worst part of the highway that experienced a lot of problems.
 
“This is the section that experiences a lot of problems of landslips and landslides; there are waterlogged areas that need advanced engineering designs and under the K3billion Asian Development Bank-funded project to rehabilitate the highway, we want to address these issues once and for all.
 
“Chimbu will be a separate section that will consume up to almost one third of the K3billion and we will be controlling water, far away from the roads, right up to the water sources.
 
“It will be a design and construction project to which advanced engineering technology will be applied to construct and once construction is completed, it will solve these issues of water coming onto the road and destroying the tar, creating potholes, the drainage, landslide or landslips will stop.
 
“We will do it properly and appropriately and I am appealing to the people of Chimbu to accept developments and stop unnecessary claims,” Wereh said.
 
He said Chimbu was renowned for claims and that practice must be stopped in order for change and developments to take place.
 
“I can say in the last Highlands Highway rehabilitation project, Chimbu has consumed and burned up a lot of money through claims for compensation.
 
“We need to stop that.” 
-Post-Courier-

Govt Invites Middle East Investments

The Government has welcomed the United Arab Emirates to be active participants in projects in PNG.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato extended the invitation when arriving in Dubai on Tuesday.

Pato said he would be discussing with UAE what they would like to do in PNG, with particular interest in technology and renewable energy.

“The International Renewable Energy Agency is based in UAE and we are keen for it to assist with a review of our renewable energy options.

“We want to find what would best suit PNG, whether it is one or more of the options such as hydro, solar, biomass, windmills, thermal and waves.

“The expertise that UAE has in desalination and sewage management is also of great interest to PNG.”

 

http://www.looppng.com/business/govt-invites-middle-east-investments-68146

October 31st – Official Date for Manus Detention Centre to Stop Operating

Australian Prime Minister Michael Turnbull has commented that refugees in Manus will be removed lawfully by October 31st the official date for the detention to cease operation.

Mr. Turnbull said the Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments will work together to settle the refugees.

A first batch of 54 refugees from Manus were notified of their acceptance to the United States in September, with 24 already in the States, however hundreds remain in Manus.

The Australian Government said refugees refusing to leave will be forced to leave the shores of PNG to their country of origin.

The Australian Prime said the Federal Government has not categorically ruled out cutting off the water supply and sewerage to move detainees on.

Turnbull confirmed that the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service has already found alternative accommodation in Manus Province – the larger group of islands – for the detainees.

If they refuse to return, they will be forced to leave Papua New Guinea by the PNG government.

Source:  Jack Lapauve Jnr – EMTV Online

No Fees For NID Rollout: Adviser

There are no fees charged for the national identification (NID) services rollout in Morobe Province

This was revealed by Morobe province program adviser for Community Development Kiun Kimbing yesterday.

Mr Kimbing said as per the directives from National Civil and Identity Registry (NCIR), there wil be no fees charged or should be charged on clients wanting to access NID services.

“All NID applications, registrations and engagement of staff to provide NID services should be free,” he said.

He explained that for mobile kits registration to be conducted for a company or group, there should be an agreement established between those clients and the NCIR, which is then signed by NCIR registrar general and his officers in Port Moresby.

Based on the agreement, Mr. Kimbing said officers in the province will act on the directives given from the NCIR office.

“NID officers in the province are not supposed to go out doing group registration without approval from the NCIR,” he said.

Mr Kimbing urged clients who paid for NID services or witnessed an NID officer charging fees on clients, must report the officer involved to his office so they can deal with that officer concern.

He said all NID papers and processes are free.

“If you witness, experience or know any such officer, do report because that officer is already committing an offence without proper dialogue, agreement and discussion with his/her superiors,” Mr. Kimbing concludes.

http://postcourier.com.pg/no-fees-nid-rollout-adviser/

MoU Signing Ceremony between Pacific Adventist University and Enga Provincial Government/Enga College of Nursing

Another milestone achieved for Enga’s human development under the leadership of Enga Governor GC Sir Peter Ipatas and fully backed by Wabag Open MP Dr. Lino Jeremaih Tom as Sir PI signed the MoU paving way for students at Enga College of Nursing and PAU.

Hon Dr Lino Moses in his speech thanked Sir Peter Ipatas for reviving the hospital and the school for the people. He also thanked Sir PI for placing him there to spearhead the project under the guidance of Enga Works/Engineering Unit before becoming MP. He also thanked PAU for the MoU.

Sir PI thanked Dr Lino Moses and all the people involved in this vital project. Together We Can Make a difference.

The biggest obstacle we have now is ‘looking after this vital project and many others in the province’. It is everyone’s duty to look after it so that our children’s children’s children can benefit in the long run so that in return those who graduate and work will look after us when the need arises in hospitals.

 

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