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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.

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Basil Thanks Prime Minister O’Neill for his Appointed Ministry

 

Approved for Release

October 18, 2017

Member for Bulolo Hon. Sam Basil today thanked Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill for appointing him as Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy.

“I look forward to serving the people of Papua New Guinea with the government of the day in line with the Alotau Accord II as well as existing PNG Vision 2050, PNG Sustainable Development Plan 2030 and the Medium Term Development Plan,” said Basil.

“I will issue official statements on the way forward in the ministry of communications, information technology and energy after being briefed by relevant government departments and agencies,” he said.

But as an overview, Mr Basil will be looking at responsible, affordable and accessible communications in radio, television and internet including concerted effort to address cyber crime. He also wants to see a sustainable energy policy and regulatory framework to power up industries, urban areas and more importantly rural Papua New Guinea.

“Energy is often the first utility requirement before water and telecommunications so we must get our Energy Policy right,” said Mr Basil.

Mr Basil wants accelerated thinking on energy policy and regulations with a view of establishing an energy policy and regulation authority focusing on energy generation, transmission and distribution making use of our natural resources and spreading the benefits of energy beyond urban areas and industries to all districts.

In Communications, the Minister intends to review the National Broadcasting Commission and provincial radio stations with a view to re-introduce shortwave and medium wave frequencies to improve radio access in remote rural areas as in the early 1980s.

Minister Basil also wants a review of NBC funding, revenue generation and financial management to see that cash flow and its implications on wages is addressed urgently.

The ministry is the first Cabinet portfolio allocated to Pangu Pati since the cross-over of 15 MPs to Government ranks. The package so far includes two vice ministries (education and fisheries); and a number of parliamentary committee chairs including chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Minister Basil Appointed to Drive Technological Advancement in Communications, Information Technology and Energy

Approved for Release: 18 October 2017
Office of the Prime Minister,Papua New Guinea
 
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced a realignment in ministerial portfolio allocations with the appointment of Hon. Sam Basil MP as Minister Responsible for Communications, Information Technology and Energy.
 
The changes in portfolios will strengthen the National Government’s focus on key growth sectors that will have a direct impact on business development and community advancement.
 
“Minister Basil will be responsible for the energy and communications sectors that are crucial for growing a modern economy,” the Prime Minister said.
 
“I have great confidence in the minister’s capacity to meet both the challenges and opportunities that our country faces in these areas.
 
“There are clear synergies between the energy and communications sectors brought about by technological advances that are enabling Papua New Guinea to deliver positive change not only in urban areas, but also in rural and remote areas.
 
“The global energy sector is continually evolving with access to more cost-effective power generation and Papua New Guinea must be at the forefront of harnessing new technologies.
 
“Modern sources of energy production are more efficient and environmentally friendly, reducing the impact on local ecologies and reducing the causes of climate change.
 
“Through embracing renewable technologies, more energy can be harvested locally and does not require the same infrastructure that was needed with traditional energy delivery.
 
“We will continue to advance a balanced approach to energy production and supply, using existing technologies where appropriate and deploying new technology across the country.
 
“Strengthening our energy security and ensuring access to power for our people enables business to expand and helps our communities develop.”
 
PM O’Neill said similar to the energy sector, information technology has seen generational change in the way people communicate.
 
“As a developing country we must step deeper into the digital world and deliver access to better communications for our people.
 
“The Internet, smart phones and more secure platforms for communication are all part of the communications revolution that has been taking place in recent years.
 
“Papua New Guinea has already seen one of the most rapid up-takes of new digital communications in the world and we must increase penetration into remote areas.
 
“Through better communications, people around the country have access to information that changes lives.
 
“Doctors can access the latest techniques to better treat illnesses and injuries, teachers can deliver improved education for their students, and families can stay in touch regardless of distance.
 
“Several years ago APEC committed to achieve village access to the Internet as a baseline and we are working to achieve this goal.
 
“As Minister, Sam Basil will make sure there is increased consultation with our partners and global experts, and work through APEC to improve access to improved technologies that can be implemented at the local level.”
 
The Prime Minister thanked outgoing Communications Minister, Hon. Francis Maneke MP, for his service as Minister and expressed his appreciation to embrace the Cabinet reshuffle.
 
“Ours is a Coalition Government in which we must have representation in the Cabinet for all partners in the Government.
 
“There is a set number of Cabinet positions available, and I thank the Honourable Member, Francis Maneke, for placing the interests of the Government and the Nation above all else.
 
“He is a very capable Member and Minister and has a strong ministerial future in the years ahead.
 
“In our system of Government it is essential that we continue to evolve Cabinet and Ministerial allocations in the interest of ensuring consultation and diversity of representation.
 
“Together, in our Government, across districts and provinces, and agencies and departments, we will work together to deliver positive change for the people of Papua New Guinea.”
 

PNG To Look At Digital

 

BY YOMBI KEP via Post- Courier

 

Papua New Guinea has been urged to look toward a digital money economy where the infrastructure is not expensive.

 

This was revealed by ‘Futurist’ Mark Pesce, the keynote speaker at the 2017 PNG Investment Conference which started yesterday in Sydney.

 

“PNG should move toward a digital money economy, the infrastructure is not expensive,” Mr Pesce said.

 

“Digital money is coming, it’s already in Singapore.”

 

Mr Pesce who is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years suggested there should be a marriage between banking and telecommunications.

 

“Let telecommunications get into banking, let banks get into telecommunications,” he said.

 

Mr Pesce said that all goods will be traded on digitally distributed ledgers in the future and in less than 20 years, autonomous drones could be flying across PNG.

 

“PNG needs to foster an app development sector,” stressed Mr Pesce.

 

He gives organisations from virtual reality to education, finance, manufacturing, transportation and communication, the tools they need to think effectively about the future, its opportunities, and its disruptions.

 

He is the co-inventor of VRML, a 3D interface to the world wide web. He is the author of six books and, for seven years, was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s hit series The New Inventors, celebrating the newest inventions and inventors.

 

Other speakers at this two days event include The Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Loi Bakani and the founder of Kumul Gamechangers, Anthony Smare.

Connectivity To Be Priority

Source: Post-Courier

 

Completion of the National Broadband Network and Terrestrial Network upgrade (submarine cable band-with) are among government’s priorities for the next five years.

 
These commitments are specific to the information, communication, and technology (ICT) industry contained in the Alotau Accord II.

 
This was highlighted by Minister for Information, Communication, and Technology Francis Manake last week, in a meeting he held with the agencies concerned.

 
He challenged these priorities to be crafted into their respective work plans.

 
In laying down his expectations Mr Manake noted the onset of the digital age and the potential impact it already had in going forward, however, he was concerned that the masses particularly those in the rural areas “are still out of touch.”

 
“Many don’t have access to a phone, mobile communication and internet services. Some are not reached by radio and many cannot view television something we can change,” the managers were told.

 
Other commitments which the minister said were industry specific which the government was keen on achieving over the next five years was to encourage e-commerce, e-health, e-education, e-agriculture with a view to embracing the smart government concept.

 
He challenged that they strive in the next five years to make a difference for the better.
“Having access is one thing but if we can make it cheaper and affordable it would be even better and I am committed to seeing that this happens,” he said.
During the meeting, Mr. Manake also highlighted his priorities for the coming month.
Top of the list were a stock take on all assets, APEC 2018 preparations, appointments including Secretary for the Department of Communication and Information, the National Information, Communication, Technology Authority (NICTA) board, 2018 budget submission for the sector.

Elected Leaders still have designated authority to carry out their mandated function and this should not be interrupted

*** The National Newspaper Should Not Politicize Public Servants ***

The Chief Secretary to Government, Amb. Isaac Lupari CBE, has cautioned editors to not politicise public servants in coverage of the upcoming elections, and to check their facts before going to print.

“Today, the National newspaper has published an inaccurate and very misleading story under the headline: Civil servants’ ‘role is to back PM,’” the Chief Secretary said.

“This headline is misleading with a fake quote that was never made.

“The Prime Minister, Ministers and the Opposition Leader remain in their positions until the next Parliament convenes, and still maintain support from administrative staff and police.

“Elected Leaders still have designated authority to carry out their mandated function and this should not be interrupted.

“Is the National suggesting that the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader should not have security during the election period? That is absurd.

“This is the established procedure for all elections past, and is in line with Commonwealth standards in the conduct of elections.

“The National further stated that it is ‘understood,’ as in a rumour, that the Prime Minister travels with 10 protocol officers and uses the official Falcon jet to travel election functions.

“This is absolute rubbish and if the National had cared to check facts this would have been clear.

“Public Servants carry out their official duties for the Prime Minister, Ministers and the Opposition Leader, and do not have any involvement with politics.

“In a world where social media rumour is in abundance, the people look to established media to set high standards, to report fact and to cross-check those facts before going to print.

“The National must retract this story and apologise to their readers.”

 

PNC Ialibu-Pangia Peter O’Neill June 6, 2017 at 3.49 pm

Campaign by Stating your Policies; Not on Emotions

***‘Policies key, not personal agendas’***

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says his People’s National Congress party is campaigning on its policies while other parties are using personal attacks.

He said this when commenting on the bitter attacks on the PNC by Opposition parties and candidates during campaigning, as well as on social media.
“Our biggest disappointment is that none of the parties are stating their policies in the detail,” O’Neill told The National.
“Many of them have got no policies, no vision, so they are campaigning on emotion and resorting to a dirty style of campaigning that has never been seen before in the country.
“We have people going about trying to incite trouble and saying things that are not in the best interests of the unity of the country.
“That’s the style of politics that we must avoid.
“Our message is that people must be given the choice to elect leaders who have the vision and the desire to work for our country.” O’Neill said PNC’s campaign was “very good” so far with two weeks to go before polling starts on June 24.
“We are campaigning using a different approach than that being used by other parties,” he said.
“Our approach is based on our policies in education, health, infrastructure and explaining the workings of the economy to our people.
“We have a record of delivering our commitments over the last five years.
“What we’ve committed in 2012, we’ve delivered over the last five years, and what we commit now we will deliver over the next five years.
“The response from the people is overwhelming. They identify with our policies. They want strong leaders with policies that are going to make a difference in their lives.”

 

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