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Parkop: Resident Take Ownership Of City

 

Source: Post-Courier 


BY MIRRIAM ZARRIGA 

Residents of Port Moresby have been asked to take ownership of the city.

 

NCD Governor Powes Parkop in a fiery statement told residents of six mile not to be complacent and wait for hand outs but to take ownership of the many infrastructures given by their members and work towards sustaining their livelihood by making use of the services.

 

SME (Small Medium Enterprises) is a vision shared by all members including the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, we do not want people working towards earning money for a day but we want them to work towards long term goals Governor Parkop said.

Govt committed to paying Hides LOs

Source: Loop PNG

09/12/2017

The Government is committed to paying the K35 million it promised last year to Hides landowners in Hela Province.

 

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel however says various court cases have stopped the Government from doing so.

 

Abel said it’s a very complex issue and would like some of the court issues settled quickly so that the money is released.

 

He said numerous court issues have stalled clan vetting, which once completed, will finally see all landowners being paid their royalties.

 

“We’re committed to pay that money. We were ready to pay.  It’s the issues amongst the landowners,” he said.

 

“But hopefully we can get some clarity as soon as possible from our court system so we’re able to pay our Kikori landowners, progress the clan vetting up at Hides and even the pay out of the K35 million.”

 

Recently, Hides landowners shut access to the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant, calling on the Government to immediately settle the K35 million it committed in 2016.

 

The move forced ExxonMobil to withdraw non-essential staff from the Plant while maintaining key personnel at the site.

 

Author: Cedric Patjole

Basil planning big energy push

Communications, Information Technology, and Energy Minister Sam Basil plan to seek the National Executive Council’s approval to roll out Bulolo’s sustainable energy programmes throughout the country.
“I will also seek off-grid solutions that can be provided by investing in micro-hydro, solar, wind small-scale geothermal, biomass and smart technologies like in my electorate,” he said.
Basil was speaking during the opening the first Ramu grid round-table workshop for key stakeholders of the Ramu Power Grid on Friday.
Themed “Towards accessible, reliable and affordable electricity, as a key enabler for economic growth and prosperity”, the workshop was aimed at providing the participants the opportunity to describe their current consumption levels and future demand requirements and what they were willing to pay for electricity.
Basil said that the Government’s recent undertaking as outlined in the Alotau Accord 2 was to create an environment in Papua New Guinea where it would continue to develop and maintain key productivity infrastructure assets, including utilities such as electricity to create a public-private partnership in the energy sector to improve and upgrade provision of accessible, reliable and affordable electricity in PNG.
“The National Development Strategic Plan 2030 projects that by the year 2030, 70 percent of the population will have access to electricity in PNG,” he said.
“I consider this to be a major challenge, however, I believe that an initiative such as the National Electricity Roll Out Plan (NEROP) has the potential to contribute significantly to this projection if resourced and implemented.
“NEROP requires government funding, however, for this to happen, NEC must sanction this plan. I intend to take NEROP to Cabinet for consideration and approval.”
He said the Ramu grid was the largest of three systems in PNG covering seven provinces (Morobe, Madang, Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Western Highlands, Jiwaka and Enga) with 1.1 million households within 20km of the current grid and would drive the economic heartland of PNG.

PNG Logistics To Benefit From Transport Infrastructure Upgrades

4th December 2017
[This Papua new Guinea economic update was produced by Oxford Business Group.]
 
 
In June the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $866.5m in funding for the upgrade and maintenance of the Highlands Highway, one of PNG’s main logistical arteries.
 
The project will see the rehabilitation of large stretches of the 1200-km route, improving connectivity and road safety. As well as ADB financing, funding will come from other development partners and the PNG government, bringing the overall investment to just over $1bn for the 10-year project.
 
The upgrade has national importance, as the highway runs from the main port of Lae through mountainous regions and into the Enga Province, serving around 40% of the population.
 
In addition to roadworks, the investment programme will support the establishment of logistics platforms and services for agricultural production, as well as help modernise other forms of transport infrastructure.
 
 
# Highway work to support logistics and export growth#
 
Improved access to the Highlands region should support the growth and competitiveness of the logistics sector, and back up government plans to boost exports.
 
At present, the imbalance between inbound and outbound cargo has been cited as a key contributor to slow turnaround times and the high costs endured by freight carriers.
 
Many planes and ships bringing goods to the country often leave either empty or carrying exports at volumes lower than their capacity, which affects local logistics costs.
 
According to the World Bank, the average cost of exporting goods from PNG was $1335 in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, considerably higher than Singapore ($460), Indonesia ($572) and Australia ($1200).
 
To address this issue, it is hoped that improvements to national transport infrastructure outlined in the long-term development plan Vision 2050 will pave the way for the cheaper transport costs, which could unlock growth opportunities in targeted agri-processing and industrial sectors.
 
“The upgraded Highlands Highway will not only improve connectivity, but also help drive inclusive economic growth,” David Hill, country director of the ADB, told OBG.
 
“Although more infrastructure investment is needed to improve transport links across the country, the recently approved 10-year Sustainable Highlands Highway Investment Programme will connect PNG’s Highlands – a region with a lot of mining activity and vast opportunities for agri-businesses – with the country’s most important port, Lae, which was recently upgraded by ADB financing.”
 
 
# Extraction industries continue to provide short-term logistics opportunities#
 
While government plans to improve infrastructure and diversify the economy are not expected to translate into benefits for the logistics sector immediately, in the near term operators stand to receive a boost from proposed projects in the extraction industries.
 
Such projects are major drivers of logistics sector growth, according to Mark Schell, country manager of international carrier DHL Express, who noted that logistics services experienced high levels of growth during the development stage of recent large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) undertakings, only to fall back to pre-construction levels once work was completed.
 
“When these large projects are under development you can expect growth of 10-40%; but once completed, the following year can see a reduction of 10% year-on-year,” he told OBG.
 
In terms of potential developments, French energy giant Total is reportedly looking to further develop reserves in the Elk-Antelope gas field, while ExxonMobil is assessing the feasibility of a proposed third LNG train at the PNG LNG project.
 
In the mining industry, the planned $2.3bn Wafi-Golpu copper and gold mine is expected to come on-line in 2020, and production at the Chinese-backed Frieda River copper-gold project in the Western Province is slated to start in 2024. 
Via: Loop PNG
 
 

STEVEN KILAGE’S ONE FAMILY ONE HOME POLICY APPLAUD – O’NEILL

SOURCE: NBC RADIO
During Q & A (Question and Answers) time on NBC radio, the Prime Minister supported the ‘one house one family’ policy by intending candidate for NCD Regional Mr Steven Kilage and described the concept as a very good initiative.
“Let me say that when the PNC –led government has the opportunity to lead our government in 2017 onwards, after the elections, I can assure you that we are quite prepared to sit down with him, get his thoughts on what he’s planning and how he’s going to roll out that policy,” O’Neill said.


Mr O’Neill said one of the things that interested him personally was about public housing issues.


He said we couldn’t afford to allow our citizens to continue to live in squatters all around the nation and assured the national that between 2017 and 2018 his government would enter into a resettlement program for all settlers through a public housing program.


“That means government must get into building low-cost housing, affordable housing to Papua New Guineans so they can be able to live in urban areas in public housing programs,” he said.


PM O’Neill said such models were similar to what countries like Australia rolled out in the 1960s and 70s and even UK and many other countries.

PM challenges implementation of GBV laws

 
11/30/2017
 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has challenged members of parliament to use the existing law and order structures to deal with law and order issues.
 
The PM was speaking in reference to a question raised by the East Sepik Governor Allan Bird highlighting the need for parliament to be more proactive on the agenda of gender-based violence and abuse in the country.
 
The Prime Minister made reference to laws and acts already in place that are designed to give protection to women, children and the most vulnerable in our society.
 
The PM, however, noted that it is the implementation of these laws which is a concern.
 
He agreed with the governor that the law enforcement agencies such as police, judiciary, and other village level leaders must work together to make sure that this type of behaviour is not tolerated in the communities.
 
“We have never seen such a gross abuse of the most vulnerable in our communities,” said the PM.
 
“Police must act on this.
 
“I will ensure that the Police Minister goes to the police commissioner to put together a special task force to address this immediately.
 
“If the local police are not taking charge of the issues on ground, the headquarters must take charge of it.”
 
(Parliament sitting last week)
 
 
Author: Julianna Waeda

PNC LED PNG COALITION GOVERNMENT PUTS THE MONEY WHERE IT MATTERS

 

Comunity Development gets K68m

 

November 29, 2017

 

Community Development Secretary Anna Solomon is a very happy departmental head as her department received K68 million in 2018 under the 2018 National Budget.

 

For the first time, sorcery awareness has been allocated K10 million, gender-based violence K10 million, Lukautim Pikinini Act K3 million, and disability another K2 million, among others.

 

Ms Solomon said yesterday the government was definitely prioritizing its funding and recognizing the importance of social issues in Papua New Guinea – hence the huge increase and first of its kind starting next year.

 

“I am a very proud Secretary because not only has the O’Neill Government seen the importance of the programs that we have been carrying out, they have allocated funding to that effect,” Ms Solomon said.

 

“I thank Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, also National Planning Minister Richard Maru and the government, who have seen the struggle of this department in addressing the issues that are now being heavily funded here in next year’s budget.”

 

“We will have a massive awareness on sorcery, gender-based violence and, since the launch of the Lukautim Pikinini Act, this was the first time we have been allocated funding.

 

The 2018 Budget talks about the community and culture sector, which comprises five agencies with the Department for Community Development and Religion as the lead agency.

 

The focus of the sector is to empower, promote and support youth, gender equality, and persons with disabilities (PWD), the elderly and women. The sector also supports national and international sporting and cultural events.

 

Over the past five years, the government, with support from development partners, has produced a number of policies, strategies and legislation that drives this sector. These include the national strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based Violence, Family Protection Act 2014, Lukautim Pikinini (Child Protection) Act 2015, child protection policy, national disability policy, youth policy and informal economic policy.

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