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Applications open for Australia Awards Scholarship

Applications are now open for Papua New Guinea citizens to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship.

Australia Awards Papua New Guinea is receiving applications for scholarships to commence study in Australia in 2019. Development priorities are aligned with the Government of Papua New Guinea, and the program is seeking candidates who can demonstrate an effective contribution upon their return.

This intake is targeting experienced professionals with a vision to drive change in the health, education, governance, law and justice, transport and infrastructure, agriculture or social support sectors.

Information sessions will be held in Port Moresby and throughout provincial locations in October, November and December 2017.

Previous awardees have made invaluable contributions to the advancement of Papua New Guinea and Ms Suzanne Edgecombe, Counsellor (Education) at the Australian High Commission, is confident that successful applicants for the 2019 intake will return from their experience with the tools to become equally great leaders in their fields.

“The Australian Government is working in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea to help build development capacity within the country’s working professionals,” she said.

“Australian Awards alumni are active agents of change and contribute wonderfully to the development of Papua New Guinea.”

The prestigious scholarships have been offered for over 50 years as a key part of the Australian Government’s commitment to partnering with the Government of Papua New Guinea to drive positive outcomes for the country.

Women, people living with a disability and residents of regional provinces are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications will close on 28 February 2018.

Picture:(Graduate Certificate in International Trade and Graduate Certificate in International Relations course participants during a visit to the Australian Parliament House in July. L-R: Frederick Tamarua, International Trade, Jena Kuliniasi, International Relations, Nerida Kwarara, International Trade, and Londe Kalit, International Relations)

Source:

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/applications-open-australia-awards-scholarship-67646

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Loans Software Boost SMEs

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

K79 million in loans has been approved and given to small to medium enterprises in the country through Bank South Pacific’s Lendfast software to date.

 
Trade Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori said the project has created a platform to enhance the loan underwriting standards to achieve positive results.

 
Mr Mori said under this platform, the bank has so far approved 254 SME loans worth K16 million for the Highlands region, 413 for Momase (K21m) , 299 for New Guinea Islands (K17m) , 77 for Southern (K5m) and 351 for NCD(K20m).

 
He said the K79 million in loans being lent have resulted in SMEs creating new jobs and income opportunities for Papua New Guineans, which is in line with the government’s overall policy direction under the SME policy and the master plan to create 300,000 new SMEs with 2-million new jobs.

 
“The Medium Term Development Plan also identifies poverty alleviation through SME employment and income generation.

 
“Therefore, we will continue to support this policy objective by working along with our key development partners and stakeholders,” he said.

 
Mr Mori said the PNG SME access to finance project under the department has partnered with the World Bank and its stakeholders and provides capacity building to provincial commerce divisions throughout the country, trained-36 business development officers in 22 provinces and trained 774 SMEs over the last five years.

 
“Today we acknowledge and witness another milestone achieved by Bank South Pacific in the successful rollout of the loan originating platform to enhance loan underwriting standards.

 
“I thank Mr Fleming and his senior management team for successfully rolling out the loan originating system, the Lendfast software throughout BSP network of branches.
It gives me great confidence to work with your team of staff from the SME Smart Business Unit for working tirelessly to ensure the loan originating system is fully rolled out,” he said.

 
Other partners who supported in the roll out include World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Department of Treasury and National Planning.

Kuman: Audit Of Teachers Vital

 

BY LYNETE KIL of Post-Courier

 

Minister for Education Nick Kuman has confirmed that all public servants in all sectors in the government, including all teachers will undergo an audit.

 

Kuman made this remarks during the launching of the Tuition free fee learning and teaching materials components recently at the Port Moresby National High school.

 

He said the aim of the audit is to ensure that ghost names of teachers are removed from the pay roll system.

 

“Public servants are highly paid in this country yet schools still face teaching problems. The Department of Education employs 58,000 teachers across the country making it one of the largest employer in the education sector.

 

“The government in terms of policy will not only look at accessibility but also at ensuring that the practical issues are addressed,” Kuman said.

 

“We want to ensure that teacher assigned to Gumini are not found elsewhere.

 

“Those are management issues that need to be sorted out. We are concerned and as part of the governments aim to clamp down on part of the salaries wages of public servants in this country we will all make sure that our teachers are in the classrooms, be the principle, headmasters or head teachers and at the management level,” Mr Kuman said.

Panguna work to cost K18.8 billion

Source: The National

CONSTRUCTION of the Panguna mine is estimated to cost US$4-6 billion (K12.5- K18.8 billion).

 
Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) secretary Mark Hitchcock said significant tax revenue would be generated in the estimated 25-plus years’ mine life, with operations starting around 2025-26.

 
Hitchcock spoke during the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s (ABG) three-day tax and revenue summit in Buka last week aimed at finding ways to improve the financial outlook for the region and the government’s ability to fund services for its people.

 
Hitchcock was invited to present development of a new Panguna mining project, including its potential revenue and broader economic benefits.

 
Once developed, the mine would generate significant tax revenue over the 25-plus years operational life of the project.

 
The presentation was drawn from an order of magnitude study which was updated late last year.

 
A realistic timeline for the Panguna project will see the mine operational around 2025-26, Hitchcock said, and the potential tax revenue gains had to be viewed as a longer term prospect with no short-term, direct tax generation, although the project’s development and construction period would present income generation opportunities.

 
Hitchcock highlighted the need for certainty in relation to the tax regime that would apply to the project and warned that excessive tax imposts would undermine its viability. “One potential pathway is for the ABG and PNG national government to work towards a joint agreement to provide assurances regarding applicable taxes that would apply over the longterm,” Hitchcock said.

 
In addition to tax revenue, he said the Panguna project would have a wider multiplier effect in terms of economic benefit.

 
“A project of this scale will help stimulate the economy in a multitude of ways in areas such as training and employment, new business opportunities in the supply of goods and services and the provision of new infrastructure to name a few,” he said.

 
Hitchcock congratulated the ABG for holding the tax and revenue summit and said BCL welcomed opportunities to contribute to important policy discussions in Bougainville.

TVET Education Boosted In Bougainville

 

Source: Post-Courier


 

 

Fifty teachers have upgraded their teaching qualifications by participating in an Australian and internationally recognised course at the Bougainville Technical College.

 

 

Speaking at the graduation, Nicola Simpson, Second Secretary (Education) from the Australian High Commission commended the graduates for their commitment to improving vocational and further education in Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

 

“This graduation is special because it marks an important step forward in strengthening the capacity of the country’s technical schools, business colleges and polytechnics,” Ms Simpson said.

 

The fifty participants include eighteen women, almost one-third of the cohort.

 

 

The Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership strongly endorses gender equity in Papua New Guinea’s education sector because it has proven benefits for individuals, communities and the nation.

Govt To Continue Focus On Education

Teach Your Child Positively At Home Before Sending Them To School, For First Learning Takes Place At Home. 

 

 

BY LYNETTE KIL of Post-Courier

As long as there is a government under the leadership of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill it will continue to give priority to education. 

 
Education Minister Nick Kuman made this remark during the launching of the tuition fee free policy component of teaching and learning materials at the Port Moresby National High school on Friday.

 
“A lot of critics have negative thoughts on free education most considered as a “political gimmick” but the government has proved them wrong.

 
“Government policy as far as health and education is concerned, will continue to see an investment every year, and that education will feature prominently in the budget,” Mr Kuman said.

 
He urged parents and stakeholders to participate in sharing the government responsibility in enhancing the education of young people.

 
“I call upon the parents, you must not take a step backward and expect government to shoulder all the responsibility, there are a lot more things that you as a parent can do to enhance the education of our children.

 
“In terms of content teacher training, I have been challenging the teachers trainer providers, both Teachers colleges and University of Goroka to ensure that the teachers trained in the institutions must be content oriented,” Mr Kuman said.

 
He acknowledgded the government’s commitment for the last five years, this saw a growth in the number of students and also increased number in female enrollment, which is the government’s achievement in seeing girls getting educated.

 
Mr Kuman warned schools and the teachers that the materials are not for sale and must be given to all children. He said 300 containers containing teaching and learning materials, component of the TFF for the 22 provinces is at the Port Moresby wharf.

Government Cuts Rice Imports

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BY GORETHY KENNETH of Post-Courier

Annually the government is spending K600million to import rice.

 

The government plans to cut the import of rice despite an increase of 5 percent annually in consumption.

 

IT will take at least five years for Papua New Guinea to start producing and exporting its own rice and for the eight million people to consume.

 

Agriculture Minister Benny Allen in his response to Menyamya MP Thomas Pelika said there are at least five companies that are in the process of producing rice locally – one of which is Naime Rice.

 

Minister Allen was taken to task by Mr Pelika during Question Time in Parliament about the Government’s plans to have rice grown locally and help with job creation for provinces like Menyamya.

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