Category Archives: Governance

Special Committee Needed to Tackle Taxation Issue

By: Freddy Mou

Northern Governor Gary Juffa has called on the Government to set up a special parliamentary committee to address the taxation issue in the country.

 

He said the current tax regime is very hostile to Papua New Guineans and genuine investors with PNG’s tax rates currently the highest in the Pacific.

 

Juffa claimed that a significant portion of illegal and semi illegal businesses are earning profits, especially in the forestry and fisheries sectors as well as property and other poorly regulated businesses. 

 

He added that such illegal entities are avoiding taxes and getting away with it, leaving the shortfall to be met by genuine investors like PNG SMEs and PNG wage earners.

 

“These non-genuine transnational criminal type entities were engaged in elaborate tax avoidance schemes such as transfer pricing and undervaluation, avoiding taxes and getting away with serious tax crimes while those who fronted up to pay their taxes were being penalised and punished.”

 

Juffa further reiterated that the Government needed to take drastic measures, including setting up a special parliamentary committee comprising MPs from both sides of the House who have the experience and knowledge of such matters.

 

He added that this will effectively address the issue of declining State revenue mainly through leakage and ineffective taxation administration.

 

Meanwhile, Juffa said some mines were among those who barely paid their full portion of taxes and a few foreign wage earners were earning an income in PNG illegally while on business and tourist visas.

 

Source: Loop PNG, 17th August 2017.

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Abel Eyes New School At Alotau

The people of Alotau in Milne Bay will soon have a new school at Cape Vogel,

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury Charles Abel said there was so much to be done and so much had already been achieved including the opening of the James Charmers Memorial High School in Suau.

 

He added that they have secured the funding and have begun the process of building the school.

 

Abel said beside Cape Vogel High School, there were plans for another two- at Maramatana and Daga.

“The challenges are when we take on too many things we may not complete the project properly,” said Abel.

 

“There’s no doubt that the James Chalmers Memorial High School needs a science laboratory and a library.”

 

“We have built a road for Suau, a Digicel tower, an ambulance and we have funded the elementary and primary school there too.” he said.

 

The development now enables the people of Suau to drive to Faiv Bay for the first time, and also having access to communication and other transport services.

 

via : The National – 14th August 2017.

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY MEDIA RELEASE

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY
MEDIA RELEASE
Monday August 14th, 2017
My conscience is clear says Police Commissioner Baki
I am truly amazed by the comments coming from the public as well as from our elected leaders regarding the Prime Minister’s case and his warrant of arrest as well as calls for my resignation.
I have stated that I welcome the decision of the courts. However, as you would have gathered, the Court has issued a further stay on the warrant, thus preventing any police action.
I have stated that I will invite the Prime Minister to come in for an interview. The warrant of arrest is alive and will only end when the Prime Minister comes in for the interview.
That is my position and I will not change it. I want everyone to appreciate where I am coming from with regards to this particular issue.
Regardless of the allegations and the Warrant of Arrest Peter O’Neill is still an elected national leader and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Respect must be accorded to him regardless. Critics are calling on the police to arrest him on the streets like a common criminal. The presumption of innocence unless proven guilty in a court of law and his status as Prime Minister dictates that we treat him with a certain level of decency. Hence I will not arrest him in the streets but invite him to the police station where he will be interviewed.
Everyone seems to be passing judgement on the Prime Minister already. As a citizen he has exercised his right and taken the matter to the courts. That must be respected until the courts make a decision on his appeal.
As for the police, is it too much to ask that I, as the Commissioner of Police be fully briefed prior to the invitation of the Prime Minister, especially in light of the counter-allegations being levelled against my policemen. I want assurance that I have legs to stand on when we bring the Prime Minister in for the interview because at the end of the day I will be held responsible.
For some reason Director Fraud and Anti Corruption Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru and his team have stubbornly refused to cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office over the last three years and have done their best to keep the file a secret from me and my predecessor. I have been given an executive brief but that is not the same thing as having access to and appreciating the file itself.
I am confident that the case would not have dragged on for so long had Mr Damaru made available the file either to myself or to the former police commissioner.
My integrity and reputation is on the line. I have worked hard to build it up over the last 45 years. I will do my job. I urge all the critics to stop being judgmental and give me the benefit of doubt.
Thank you.
Gari L. Baki, CBE, CStJ, DPS, QPM
Commissioner of Police
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

New Ministers and Ministerial Responsibilities 2017

The O’Neill-Abel Government Ministers and their responsible departments:

  1. Peter O’Neill – PM, NEC, Sports and APEC
  2. Charles Abel – DPM & Treasury
  3. Kevin Isifu – Inter-Government Relations
  4. James Marape – Finance & Rural Development
  5. Richard Maru – National Planning and Monitoring
  6. Elias Kapavore – Public Service
  7. Fabian Pok – Petroleum & Energy
  8. Wera Mori – Commerce & Industry
  9. John Pundari – Environment, Conservation & Climate Change
  10. Benny Allen – Agriculture & Livestock
  11. Wesley Nukundj – Transport
  12. Merrah Kipefa – Labour & Industrial Relations
  13.  Francis Maneke – Communication & Information Technology
  14. Soroi Eoe – Religion, Youth & Community Development
  15. Justin Tkatchenko – Lands & Physical Planing
  16. Sir Puka Temu – Health & HIV/AIDS
  17. Rimbink Pato – Foreign Affairs & Trade
  18. Nick Kuman – Education
  19. Pila Niningi – Higher Education, Science, Research & Technology
  20. Patrick Basa – Fisheries
  21. Jelta Wong – Police
  22. Roy Biyama – Correctional Services
  23. John Kaupa – Housing & Urbanization
  24. Emil Tammur – Culture & Tourism
  25. Fr. Simon Dumarinu – Bougainville Affairs
  26. Alfred Manase – Civil Aviation
  27. Johnson Tuke – Mining
  28. Davis Steven – Justice & Attorney General
  29. William Duma – Public Enterprise and State Investments
  30. Solan Mirisim – Defence
  31. Douglas Tumuriesa – Forestry
  32. Michael Nali – Works & Implementation
  33. Petrus Thomas – Immigration & Border Security 

Congratulatory Messages to O’Neill

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has received overwhelming congratulatory messages from counterparts in the Pacific, Australia and APEC economies.

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Australia’s Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on different occasions sent their congratulatory messages to Mr O’Neill both pledging their support for PNG.

Small island nation leaders have also congratulated Mr O’Neill on his re-election, including several members of the Pacific Islands Forum who will accord PM O’Neill the respect when he attends the 48th PIF Meeting in Apia two weeks time.

Several APEC economy leaders have also sent their congratulatory messages personally to Mr O’Neill since his re-election.

O’Neill said he’s had many of his counterparts congratulate him personally from their countries but it was nothing to make a big issue about as these were relations both countries had maintained for years.

Late yesterday a statement from the Solomon Island Opposition Leader Jeremaiah Manele reached the paper. Manele like other leaders have congratulated the re-election of Peter O’Neill as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

In a letter to the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Manele extended his greetings on behalf of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group to Prime Minister O’Neill and the People’s National Congress party and its coalition partners.

“Your re-election victory is a true indication of the confidence and trust that the people of PNG have in your Party and its coalition partners. Mr Prime Minister, your victory also indicates PNG’s vibrant democratic process which demonstrates that PNG has become a mature democracy,” Mr Manele stated in his letter.

The Opposition Leader said he hopes Prime Minister O’Neill will continue to uphold the strong Melanesian ties with Solomon Islands and PNG share, which is not only embedded on bilateral cooperation but also on people to people relations and on our common traditions and culture as Melanesian societies.

“As you assume office, I wish to assure you of my personal commitment as well as that of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group, to continue to work closely without you and your administration to further strengthen the strong bilateral relations between our two countries in future,” Manele said in his letter.

via Post-Courier | August 7, 2017 at 10.00 am

Sir Peter Ipatas: I am supporting O’Neill because he is a good Prime Minister

 
Governor-elect for Enga Sir Peter Ipatas has defended Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and appealed to all the leaders who say he is corrupt to provide evidence and look at themselves.
 
Sir Peter said that Mr O’Neill was a people’s leader and a good leader, and he put up his hand to make sure he returns as the Prime Minister because of the attention Enga has received in the last five years compared to the last 15 years.
 
“You see, I want to stress that no leader is perfect. When leaders make statements criticising another leader, you must also know that you are a leader, you must assess yourself first, you are a human being, along the line you can make mistake. So when you look at a leader, when you want to elect them, especially the office of the Prime Minister, which is a very powerful position, you have to look at the big picture and look at the pros and cons of the person, and then make a judgement on whether he will continue to serve the office of the Prime Minister,” he said.
 
“There has been a slogan for PNC, Peter O’Neill being corrupt, to this date, even my students at the University of Papua New Guinea, my Engan students who went out in full force to say that this government is corrupt, PNC is corrupt, have never come with evidence.
 
“I will give you an example. Sir Mekere is in, and some people in the country say he is the one who can save the country. But I tell you, why they dethroned him in 2002. I was part of his team, I was a member of PDM and then a member of the PNGP. There we had a good Prime Minister, but the University of Papua New Guinea students started a propaganda that Mekere’s Government was going to sell land to the World Bank. Obviously we know that in Papua New Guinea our land is our land. But this was a propaganda at election time in 2001. And there and then in 2002, we lost that government.
 
“I want to appeal to all young MPs who have just won, you have to know the man to make a judgment. I made the sacrifice and I have an impeccable track record serving my people. I will not throw this away, clearly for somebody just for Peter O’Neill being the Prime Minister. He has delivered to Enga, he has delivered to the rest of Papua New Guinea, he has delivered to the national capital. What else do you want? When you got the right government things are happening.
 
“He may have some issues, but that’s when we need to work with the Prime Minister to solve these issues. The issue of trying to make him and to suggest that he is corrupt, you got to back it up with evidence. I want to remind Sir Mekere that he has to remember how he was removed as Prime Minister. I am still there. I am one of his loyal MPs, I supported him because he was the Prime Minister. Today I am supporting O’Neill because he is a good Prime Minister. ”

Joint Statement on the Formation of Government

Approved for Release on Wednesday, 26th July 2017, by the Leaders of:

  • The People’s National Congress Party (PNC)
  • The Peoples Progress Party (PPP)
  • The United Resources Party (URP)
  • The Social Democratic Party (SDP)

 

Our coalition of Parties and Independent Members of Parliament have agreed to support a PNC-led Government form the Tenth Parliament of Papua New Guinea.

Following the 2017 National General Election, PNC has recorded the highest number of Members-elect, and is on-track to have the highest number of Members in this Parliament.

In accordance with National Electoral Laws, PNC is now anticipated to be called upon by His Excellency, the Governor-General, to form Government.

A PNC-led Government has had the opportunity to manage the affairs of the Nation for the past five years.

Through a most challenging time in the global economy, and through one of the worst droughts in history, the PNC-led Government has insulated our economy and our communities from these shocks.

During the past five years, the Government has delivered unprecedented growth through the delivery of clear and targeted policies.

There have been programs and policies that could have been run with greater efficiency, and lessons have been learnt.  The new Government will increase its capability to meet the expectations of our people.

These policies have enabled an additional one million children to obtain an education, and have expanded access to healthcare for those who previously could not afford to see a doctor.

The infrastructure of our nation has expanded dramatically in all regions of the country.

Over the past five years the Government has also empowered provinces and districts to have their say and to guide resource allocation for local service delivery and infrastructure development.

Through more autonomous arrangements, we will continue to facilitate this devolution of authority and decision-making to enable people in our regions to have much greater say in the governance of their communities.

The reforms of the past five years have laid the foundations for a strong Government with a powerful policy agenda to lead the Nation in the next five years.

In the past five years, this Government has delivered significant national events, and now as we prepare to host world leaders at the APEC Summit, we must have a capable and experienced Government leading this process.

Drawing on the experience of the past five years, our Government in the next Parliament, will work as a group to manage all challenges that we face.

We will further work together to expand the delivery of services and infrastructure development to our remote and rural areas in all regions of Papua New Guinea.

Our Government will work with industry to increase investment and to diversify our economic base to strengthen the sectors that are at the heart of our economic future, including tourism, fisheries and agriculture, and the downstream processing of our minerals.

We will continue to empower our people through strong and dedicated Christian and State partnerships, and programs in education and healthcare.

Working as a cohesive team, we the Government Coalition, will take our great Nation to the next level of economic and community development by delivering stable policy that is relevant to the people of our nation.

 

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Hon. Peter O’Neill, MP                                                       Rt. Hon. Sir Julius Chan, MP

Leader, People’s National Congress Party                     Leader, Peoples Progress Party

 

 

 

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Hon. William Duma, MP                                                    Hon. Powes Parkop, MP

Leader, United Resources Party                                       Leader, Social Democratic Party

 

 

 

 

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