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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.

 

APEC Meet To Boost Local Businesses

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY MATTHEW VARI

The APEC summit this year is expected to boost the country’s economy through direct spending anticipated at K200 million by more than 15,000 international delegates.

 
This is according to APEC PNG 2018 Co-ordination Authority CEO, Christopher Hawkins on the gain for local businesses during the summit this year.

 
“There is a few different areas for business, one is throughout the year with more than fifteen to eighteen thousand delegates coming, and that is not just the people attending the meetings, but those who arrange for their delegations and ministers and leaders, we estimate there will be a cash injection of around K200 million straight through that,” Mr Hawkins said.

 
He said the estimate covers airfares, accommodation, setting-up temporary offices for delegates to support their ministers, presidents and prime ministers.

 
Mr Hawkins said the spending indicated in the 2018 Budget appropriation of K300 million will also be spent in the local economy, with a major portion also focused on security preparations for that budget.

 
“Then there is the direct spending. We break that into consumables for the meetings that includes booking venues for meetings, the papers used to the signage to bottle of water to the transportation around the city.

 
“That comes out of the APEC budget this year, but don’t forget the big part of the APEC budget is security. That is investing in capacity we should have been advancing many years ago and now our government is in preparation for APEC investing in that capacity.”

 
Mr Hawkins said progress into the year will see more and more tender opportunities posted on the APEC tenders website.

 
“Areas like production of shirts hospitality and catering. We engaged a lot last year that went up on the APEC tenders website.”

Project completion set for August

 
BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
 
The new-look K70 million Butuka Secondary School on the Sabama-Pari Road in Moresby South will be completed before August.
 
This was the assurance given by contractor China Construction Steel Structure Corporation Ltd to Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko who visited the school yesterday afternoon.
 
In 77 days, signs are emerging of all structural posts going up for the classrooms, multi-purpose hall and 12 new teachers’ apartments.
 
“They have done well and for it to be done in 77 days should be applauded, when we walked in for the first time, the school buildings were old and falling apart.
 
“Look at what the children of Moresby South will be getting this year?” Mr Tkatchenko said.
 
“A new state-of-the-art school which we will not have to pay for anything, and I want to make that clear that the school is a gift from the city of Shenzhen in China to NCD, I am lucky they selected my electorate for the school.”
 
The school will feature 10 elementary classrooms, a two-storey 26 classrooms for the primary school students and a two-storey 16 classrooms for the secondary
school students.
 
The project comes with a multipurpose 1000-seat hall which could be used as an auditorium, courts or for other
activities.
 
Also included are a standard rugby field, two basketball courts, and two volleyball courts.
Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/project-completion-set-august/

PM visits Goroka before flying to Lae

BY PEARSON KOLO


The  in the Eastern Highlands Province will soon manage its own funding directly from the national government to address the drug shortages and other medical issues.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced this today in Goroka while visiting the near complete new wing of Goroka Hospital, being built at a cost of more than K88 million from the O’Neill government.

Prime Minister O’Neill said Goroka General Hospital will soon become a self-accounting Hospital together with Port Moresby General Hospital.

“The National Government will directly fund them to cater for their medical needs to provide consistent quality medical care to the people of the highlands,” Mr O’Goroka Hospital VisitNeill said.

The Prime Minister said he will be present during the official opening of the new women’s and children’s wing the hospital later this year and stressed that it is his government’s aim to provide good quality health care to the people of this country.

Mr O’Neill said Goroka Hospital is in a strategic location and serves the entire Highlands region and the state-of-the-art development was important.

Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu who accompanied the Prime Minister during his visit acknowledged Mr O’Neill and his government for funding the Goroka Hospital development and many other projects like the Goroka Airport terminal building and the Goroka Market project.

Governor Numu assured the PM that his government will make sure that every project and the respective funds provided by the national government will benefit the people of EHP, without a single toea wasted.

Mr O’Neill was welcomed by the chairman of the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority chairman Malcolm Smith and staff at the Goroka General Hospital.

The Prime Minister presented K73, 000, money raised from a fundraising event, to the children’s ward.

Mr O’Neill and his delegates visited the new Goroka Airport terminal before retiring to the Pacific Gardens Hotel.

Straight after arriving in Goroka around 10am, he went to the West Goroka Lutheran Church and paid his tribute to late Terry Shelley, a citizen and long time resident and businessman in Goroka, before visiting the Hospital.

The Prime Minister also mention during his visit that he is looking at funding the construction of a national stadium in the EHP.

The Prime Minister and his team flew to Lae from Goroka moments ago.

 

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/pm-visits-goroka-flying-lae/

Photo credit: Brian Wali

Deal made for fishing businesses to recieve loans

By MARK HAIHUIE 


THE National Fisheries Authority has paid K1 million to the Peoples Microbank Limited as part of an arrangement to provide a loan facility to fishing businesses.

 
Bank’s head of credit Danny Koka said it was an installment of the K5 million agreed to in 2014.

 
Koka said the agreement with NFA since 2014 was the commitment of K5 million which would be used as a revolving fund for fisheries business loans.

 
“So far they have given usK3 million and from that we have already lent out K4.2 million to customers,” he said.

 
“The maximum we disperse is K25,000 for fisheries-based business such as to those who want to buy dinghies for their businesses or equipment for fishing and across a range of needs.

 
“This next installment will go a long way in supporting the success we have had with the loans from this arrangement.”

 
NFA provincial support and industry development executive manager Welete Wararu said similar arrangements were in place with other organisations.

 
She said it was important to have timely reporting on funds used to enable funding from NFA.

 
“We are not in the banking business but rather come in with funding to create an enabling environment for fisheries businesses to get funding with ease,” she said.

 
“It is important for us at NFA to have reports on the funds so that funds committed through our agreements either for PML or others to be given early so that we can maintain the support for those in the fisheries sector by getting the funding.”

4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

Water project to benefit villagers

The Papa Lealea village situated a few kilometers from the PNG LNG site after two decades will finally receive a long awaited basic service of water supply.

 

The water supply, an Initiative of the provincial government will be implemented later today.

 

This follows the ground breaking ceremony in March this year.

 

Present at the launching ceremony will be dignitaries, including Member for Kairuku Hiri, Peter Iso Aimo, and representatives from the Governor’s office and Water PNG, including CEO and Managing Director, Raka Taviri.

 

Taviri said water supply is a most important basic need.

 

He also highlighted some of statistics including the effect of climate change and its impact.

 

For the launch, initially the water supply will be free for 17 days after which charges will apply.

 

An agreement is also anticipated to be signed between the government and Water PNG.

 

Council members from both Papa and Lelea acknowledged the initiative and said it was a burden loosened up for the villagers.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Source: Loop PNG.

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