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NZ boosts PNG’s APEC Prep with K35m

Picture: New Zealand High Commissioner Sue Mackwell officially signed the documents with APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko in Port Moresby.

Source: Loop PNG.

The New Zealand Government yesterday signed several official documents with the Government of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. The documents signed were related to a total of NZ$ 15 million (K35 million) NZ’s support towards PNG as the hosts for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November of this year (2018).

 

The document was signed by the NZ High Commissioner Sue Mackwell and with Papua New Guinea’s APEC Minister Justine Tkachenko.

 

New Zealand was one of the first economies to support PNG’s bid for APEC 2018.

 

In 2017, the New Zealand government established a NZ$ 8 million APEC’s Fund to support PNG.

 

“We are pleased to be able to support eight proposals which will see funding directed to water policing, cyber security, activities to support the PNGDF which includes support for incident response group preparations, defence intelligence training and the contribution of New Zealand Defence assets and staff for Leaders’ week.”

 

The Fund is available to PNG, New Zealand and international partner agencies to submit proposals for funding towards initiatives to support the planning and delivery of APEC 2018 across security, logistics and policy areas.

 

Meantime, APEC Minister Tkatchenko thanks New Zealand for their continuous support and friendship with PNG.

 

The funding includes support to PNG’s APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), protocol and liaison training, the contribution of a senior New Zealand Police contingent of 11 officers working under PNG-Australia Policing Partnership in support of the Royal PNG Constabulary’s training and preparations.

 

PM O’Neill Calls on Disruptive Elements to be Responsible – Accommodation with Services and Utilities Ready for Use

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has cautioned the ringleaders of a demonstration at the former Manus Regional Processing Centre and said it is time to move to new accommodation.

“The Manus Centre was established for the sole reason of processing asylum claims, now all claims have been processed and the centre has closed,” PM O’Neill said.

“The centre will not be reopened and it will be returned to its former function as a Defence Force facility.

“Given the Supreme Court’s decision, the Government has no choice but to intervene for the wellbeing of both the refugees and non-refugees.

“Those involved in disruption have been identified and appropriate means will be used to apprehend individuals who are causing unnecessary anxiety and violence.

“Their actions are now heading towards a law and order situation, as well as a hygiene and sanitation problem, and it will be dealt with as such, whether they are genuine refugees or not.

“There are 610 men on Manus who have been found to be refugees and arrangements are being made to settle them in third countries.

“There are also 210 men who have been found to not be legitimate refugees.

“Now that the processing of asylum claims has been completed, the relocation exercise is taking place where there is a separation of genuine and non-genuine refugees.

“The locations to where they are being moved have much better facilities than the closed centre, with services and utilities provided for much more comfort and healthier living.

“Our Government and the people of Manus are asking all refugees and non-refugees to behave in a peaceful and orderly manner.”

‘Exercise Pukpuk’ a step towards 2018 APEC

The recently-completed Exercise Pukpuk is just one piece of the whole preparation of the 1RPIR to support the PNGDF and the Government deliver security to APEC 2018.

 

 

This was highlighted by the Commanding Officer for the 1RPIR, Lt. Colonel Boniface Aruma, who told media that the battalion will be the main joint task force group that will provide security for APEC.

 

 

Aruma says his troops have already embarked on conventional operations training, which commenced last month and will finish on the 15th of December.

 

 

“The personnel are out on field going through conventional operations which is the basic fundamental of war fighting.

 

 

“It’s living in the jungle, operating in the jungle and fighting the war in the jungle,” he says.

 

 

“If they know the basic fundamentals and are very competent in their profession on how to live and fight the war in the jungle then that sets the conditions for them and makes it easy for our soldiers to transition into conducting security operations inside towns and cities.”

 

 

Aruma says for the troops to be effective and efficient in their tasks, they need to go through the fundamentals first.

 

 

“Each infantry soldier in the battalion is required to complete a combat fitness which is a 25km march that you need to complete in 6 hours with a minimum of 30 to 40kg pack.

 

 

“Those are steps that we have taken as a unit to really solidify the conventional skills of fighting the war in the jungle.”

 

 

The troops have been out on training for the past two weeks with initial foundations training in Taurama then onto Goldie then finishing off with the 25km pack march.

 

 

Meanwhile, following the wrap up of the conventional operations training yesterday, Aruma says the troops will go for a brief break then onto urban operations training, which will start in January 2018.

Author:

Julianna Waeda

List of 26 Transfers of Senior Police Officers

Police Commissioner Gari Baki yesterday has announced a transfer directive for senior police officers in the country.

Commissioner Baki in a statement said he had issued the transfer directives for operational expediency in light of current internal command and control issues and issues arising from the 2017 National General Elections.

Commissioner Baki said his transfer directives are final and he will not accept any refusal from any of the senior officers affected.

“They will take their posts as directed and with immediate effect,” Commissioner Baki said, adding that all movements are supposed to be completed by 31st October this year.

The 26 transfers are as follows:

 

  1. Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Sylvester Kalaut – Divisional Commander NCD to ACP Human Resources;
  2. ACP Donald Yamasombi – Divisional Commander Border to Divisional Commander NCD/Central;
  3. ACP Kaiglo Ambane – Divisional Commander Highlands Western End to Divisional Commander Border;
  4. Chief Superintendent (CSP) Samson Kua – Director Special Services Division (SSD) to Acting Divisional Commander Highlands Western End;
  5. CSP Perou N’dranou – Commandant Bomana Training College to Metropolitan Superintendent NCD;
  6. CSP Jimmy Onopia – Deputy Commander Highlands Eastern End to Director Prosecutions;
  7. CSP Sibron Papoto – Unattached. Posted to Police Headquarters;
  8. CSP Johannes Yapi – Director HR to Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Enga Province; 
  9. CSP Rigga Neggi – A/ACP Human Resource to Director Corporate Planning;
  10. CSP Ben Turi – Metropolitan Superintendent NCD to Deputy Commander Highlands Eastern End;
  11. CSP Joseph Tondop – Provincial Police Commander Jiwaka to PPC Southern Highlands;
  12. Superintendent (SP) Peter Philip – Provincial Police Commander East Sepik to Commandant Bomana Training College;
  13. Superintendent. Michael Corren – National Election 2017 Coordinator to Director Reserve; 
  14. Superintendent. Mark Yangen – Deputy Commander Highlands Western End to Director CID; 
  15. Superintendent. Robert Gesa – Provincial Police Commander West Sepik to PPC East Sepik;
  16. Superintendent. Jim Namora – Provincial Police Commander West New Britain to Director Special Services Division;
  17. Chief Inspector (CIP) Julius Tasion – Group Commander Southern to Deputy Director Special Services Division;
  18. ClP John Midi – Provincial Police Commander New Ireland to PPC West New Britain;
  19. ClP George Kakas – Provincial Police Commander Enga to PPC Jiwaka;
  20. CIP Moses Ibsagi – Director Crimes to Provincial Police Commander West Sepik;
  21. ClP Gideon Kauke – Gordon Barracks to Commander Mendi Police Station;
  22.  CIP Mas Tuman – Police Station Commander (PSC) Mendi to PSC Madang;
  23. CIP Gideon Ikumu – APEC to Provincial Police Commander New Ireland Province;
  24. ClP Michael Tilae – Deputy Director SSD to Superintendent Operations NCD;
  25. CIP Bob Kerry – HRM Pensions to Acting Director HRM; and
  26. Inspector Daniel Yangen – PSC Tari to PSC Kimbe.

 

Source: PNG TV & Loop PNG October 10, 2017

Ban On Issuing Firearm Licenses

 

 

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD via Post-Courier

In light of an unprecedented increase in gun- related violence and killings reported in recent months, Police Minister Jelta Wong has declared a ban on the issuance of new firearm licences.

Mr Wong made this declaration yesterday by virtue of the powers conferred under Section 5A (1) of the Firearms Act Chapter 310, and all other enabling powers bestowed on him under the Constitution.

In compliance with this government directive, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, who is also the registrar of firearms, will not entertain new applications for the purchase and issuance of new gun licences.

Mr Wong said the ban, which was instituted yesterday, October 4, will remain in effect for an indefinite period. He said the government is taking this measure because of the increasing number of gun-related violence and killings reported in certain parts of the country in recent times.

The death toll now includes the two police officers killed in Wabag, Enga Province, at the height of the recently concluded 2017 National Election in July, and two in Southern Highlands Province last weekend.

However, according to Mr Wong, the PNG’s disciplinary forces, which include the PNG Defence Force, Police and Correctional Services, are exempted from this ban. A similar moratorium on firearms was issued by the Government in 2000.

PNG, Aust sign deal for technical cooperation

Source: The National

THE Prime Minister’s Department and National Executive Council have signed an agreement with their Australian counterparts for technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

 
Chief Secretary  Isaac Lupari said the agreement would pave the way for better relationships between the two countries.

 
“The agreement will provide capacity-building for both countries’ administrative personnel and enhance existing relationships,” he said.

 
“It should also pave the way for strengthening our public service reforms in collaboration with our Australian counterparts and provide coordinated monitoring of government policies and decision-making processes.

 
“An integral part of this understanding will involve officers from the prime minister’s department and cabinets of both countries undergoing joint training and capacity-building exchanges.”

 
Lupari said the agreement recognised the importance that both governments placed on maintaining strong institutional links between the two countries.

 
He said this extended beyond the existing development links that they have.

 
“It recognises the shared role of both departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies,” Lupari said.

 
He said the cooperation between the two governments would be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability.

 
Lupari said taking into consideration each government’s capacity and resources, improved development outcomes for both parties would be mutual in the long run.
“It also enables cooperation between other government agencies such as health and defence.”

Police launch first water fleet for Apec

TU

August 24, 2017

THE Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary yesterday launched its water police fleet in preparation for next year’s Apec meeting in Port Moresby.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki in an interview with The National said the inclusion of vessels for use by his water policemen was a huge step forward and he looked forward to improving in the remaining months leading up to the country’s biggest meeting.
Baki said the launching was the first for water police, which would be complemented with a workshop soon to enable police to carry out effective operations in open seas.
“It is a very big step forward and what we need to do now is to get our police identified properly to undergo training so they can operate in the open seas effectively.
“It is a challenge for us now to look and address security in and on the open seas before the start of the Apec meeting,” Baki said.
“For now we are happy with the progress so far and looking to do better each day in preparation for the country’s very important meeting next year.”
Baki said the assistance to make Apec operations effective would increase to improve on areas that needed improvement.
He said the vessels launched yesterday were the first lot and
if needed they would bring in a second set.

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/police-launch-first-water-fleet-apec/

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