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MoU Signing Ceremony between Pacific Adventist University and Enga Provincial Government/Enga College of Nursing

Another milestone achieved for Enga’s human development under the leadership of Enga Governor GC Sir Peter Ipatas and fully backed by Wabag Open MP Dr. Lino Jeremaih Tom as Sir PI signed the MoU paving way for students at Enga College of Nursing and PAU.

Hon Dr Lino Moses in his speech thanked Sir Peter Ipatas for reviving the hospital and the school for the people. He also thanked Sir PI for placing him there to spearhead the project under the guidance of Enga Works/Engineering Unit before becoming MP. He also thanked PAU for the MoU.

Sir PI thanked Dr Lino Moses and all the people involved in this vital project. Together We Can Make a difference.

The biggest obstacle we have now is ‘looking after this vital project and many others in the province’. It is everyone’s duty to look after it so that our children’s children’s children can benefit in the long run so that in return those who graduate and work will look after us when the need arises in hospitals.



PM Applauds Abel For Handing Down First Money Plan


Source: Post-Courier


Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has commended his deputy and Treasurer Charles Abel for successfully handing down the 2017 Supplementary Budget in Parliament yesterday.

“I commend the Treasurer as this is his first budget/money plan. There are now some renewed sense of energy in Treasury and of course as a result of that you can see some real drive into outstanding issues like over expenditure by public servants. The Treasurer is definitely getting things back on track.”

Mr O’Neill said that development is taking place across the country in the areas of infrastructure, health and education. “This is only the beginning and we will make sure we deliver before this term expires,” he said.

“You see, when we came into office in 2012, we built major infrastructure that you see now,” he said.

“If we did not build these infrastructure, the recession will be far worse than today.”
Mr O’Neill said the National Alliance-led government was in control for 15 years and they handed out about seven supplementary budgets when they had surplus, but never built any infrastructure.

“To date, they still can’t name an infrastructure they built, and they left no money in the Trust Account,” he said. “Treasury is the engine room, the heart that controls the body, and you should be very careful.

“It is a fact, that we are all responsible to correct the position when they are course blow outs, to correct it so we set new targets and that is 2.5 per cent of GDP,” Mr O’Neill said.

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.”


Source: Post- Courier 


September 21, 2017 


There will be no cuts to province and district services (provincial services improvement program and district services improvement program) funds, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
He said in a statement yesterday that 2017 was almost over therefore Governors and Members of Parliament will receive only K2 million each, two months of their PSIP and DSIP funds this year.
Mr O’Neill, who is in New York for the United Nations’ General Assembly, expressed confidence that the Supplementary Budget will be tabled when Parliament meets, starting on Monday, September 26.
He said the supplementary budget was necessary to balance the budget due to the adjustments in revenue collection, and more importantly, to reprioritise expenditure to focus on the key development agenda.
“The 2017 Budget plan was based on commodity prices for our exports together with revenue generation,” the Prime Minister said.
“We are still in a challenging global economic environment with a slow rebound in commodity prices, and this places pressure on expenditure.
“We will continue to adjust and reprioritise expenditure to ensure that we protect and build on the gains we have achieved in the past five years in healthcare, education, infrastructure, law and order and empowerment of our people.
“The continued investments in these areas is vital to our long-term development and improving the lives of our people.”
The Prime Minister said the devolution of authority to provinces and districts continues to be a core priority for the National Government.
“Our DSIPs and PSIPs are vital to achieving our development objective right around the country,” he said.
“For the first time in history, our government has been getting funds directly to our districts and provinces where our people live.
“People forget that under past governments, no such funding was given to districts and provinces.
“Our DSIP and PSIP policy has seen restoration and development of our district and provinces, and our government is committed to these two programs.”
Mr O’Neill said that in the Supplementary Budget, the government was not cutting DSIP and PSIP funds; “That is certainly not the intention of the government.
“Because we have only two months left in the fiscal year 2017, the government is providing K2 million for each district and province.
“The balance will be paid to the districts and provinces over the term of this parliament.
“These two programs are an integral part of our development agenda, and we have seen these programs deliver real change,” he said.

Czech Republic Assists With Aid Post



BY RENAT MURUKET via Post-Courier

Czech Republic Ambassador to PNG, His Excellency Rudolf Hykl officially opened a community aid post in Ohu village, a few kilometers south of Madang town over the weekend.

The Ohu community aid post project was jointly funded by the PNG Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Czech Development Corporation through the Czech Republic embassy.

This new aid post is a great bonus for the people of Ohu and the neighboring villages who travel long distances to access health care at Madang’s Modilon General Hospital and other health centres.

Ambassador Hykl was in the village in person and was happy to open the development project.

“Medical services are one of the basic services that people depended mostly on.”

The ambassador said he anticipates that the aid post will help improve the quality of life for the Ohu community.

He said the main purpose for Czech Republic international mission was to help communities in the rural areas with development services.

He said the primary purpose for funding is to let communities know the existence of support and commitment of the people of Czech Republic in the country.

Ambassador Hykl said small projects like aid posts is one of the development activities his Embassy has been involved in.

“Czech Republic is an active member of the European Union where the bulk of the interaction takes place. Therefore, funding such services will help Czech’s research students who are studying in the province to interact well with the communities,” Mr Hykl said.

The project manager Kenneth Molem appealed to the Ohu community to take responsibility and look after the aid post.

Mr Hykl also thanked the Binatang Research Centre for guiding and organising research projects by involving community participation to complete the aid post. The embassy is one of the many European Union development partners in PNG.

Oil Search’s Efforts Recognised Internationally

Post Courier Author

Oil Search’s efforts to contribute to sustainable development in Papua New Guinea has gained international recognition and endorsement by the United Nations Development Program(UNDP).
A case study on how the company is supporting female-led entrepreneurship in PNG is featured in a joint publication by the UNDP, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (IPIECA), focused on mapping the oil and gas industry to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Launched in New York recently, the report recognises the importance of the oil and gas industry to the global economy and the significant impact the industry can have on many national economies, including in developing and emerging countries.
It also acknowledges that the industry can be central to sustainable development, as oil and gas are key pillars in the local and global energy system and, as such, are drivers of economic and social development.
Oil Search was recognised as one company delivering on Goal Five of the SDGs, which focuses on gender equality and the end of all forms of discrimination and violence against women.
“Local communities, particularly women in local communities, near Oil Search’s project in Papua New Guinea needed additional sustainable livelihoods and means of financial freedom. “The company partnered with women in communities around its facilities to support them.

Skills Training And Development Needed For PLWD


The fraternity of people living with disabilites in Lae is calling for continued and meaningful skills training development.

Benedict Hipom, President of the Morobe Disable Agency, a registered entity within the Morobe province told the post courier that it was sad to see the government support towards the people with special needs is slowly coming to a stop.

“We want to be partners in the development of this country,” Mr Hipom said.

He said government support was still lacking even though the agency and its members were an established group of people.

“We are grateful for the charity that we have received but this has to stop because we as individuals need to be empowered,” an agency member said.

Mr Hipom said the agency has been receiving mindset training from the Lae based Fijianabure consultancy and training but said there are still more people in Lae city and the Morobe province as a whole who would be in dire need of skills training and development.

“We want to be trained people so that we are able to sustain ourselves because we do not want to be a burden to society,” Mr Hipom said.

President Hipom challenged the Lae community to work the people with special needs to help them achieve more for themselves in life.

A representative from the Women of Desitiny, a new and small all-women community based organization Shirley Napolioni told the post courier that it was important to give skills training to the people with special needs.

“We as members of a community should be able to help them (PLWDs) bridge the gap on immediate needs that can impart positive change in their lives so that,” Mrs Napolioni said.

She added that there was also a widening gap between the government, business houses, the community and most importantly, the people.

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