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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.”

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.

Water supply to get K4mil boost

CHIMBU Governor Michael Dua says the water supply services into Kundiawa will be upgraded at a cost of K4 million.

 
He told The National yesterday that the main upgrading work would be carried out by Water PNG.
But a team of engineers from Eda Ranu are already in Chimbu to carry out the scoping design for the work.

 
“The water supply in Kundiawa has become a chronic disease over the last 10 years,” Dua said.

 
“We have the township continuing to expand, public servants are living and working in the town as well as our people and the business community.

 
“So it’s important that we get our water supply system upgraded and fixed.”

 
Dua plans to improve basic services such as water supply, roads and bridges, electricity, school and health infrastructure.

 
“I want to get all the basic services functioning before moving onto big things.
“I am starting with Kundiawa and will move out to the districts.”

 
Dua commended the Simbaiku, Okendiye and Yongomugl tribes for allowing the water supply restoration project to take place.

 
“I am calling on the Government to make this a priority and release the second batch of K6 million that was already approved by the National Executive Council to pay the landowners who own the water that we are going to pipe to the town residents,” he said.

 
“The NEC has approved K12 million already to pay the landowners and K6 million was paid earlier but the remaining K6 million is yet to be paid.”

 

Source: The National.

GAME CHANGER

 

 

DEVELOPMENT in one of Port Moresby’s iconic area, Paga Hill, will be a “game changer” for the Capital city.

That’s from NCD Governor Powes Parkop when witnessing a historic agreement to begin stage one of the development on Paga Hill.

Governor Parkop, and Lands and APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, witnessed the signing by Paga Hill Development Company, and its Advisory Board, who will provide AU$20 million in offshore funding to commence construction of Stage one.

Paga Hill Development Company, led by its chief executive officer Gudmundur Fridriksson, signed the agreement before the two NCD MPs that will see the development of 1.7 hectares waterfront site, which will include restaurants, cafes, retail, commercial and residential apartments.

Advisory board director Peter Barge, the world renowned Australian property executive who was involved in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Macau, Dubai and other major developments as Jones Lang La Salle Asia Pacific chairman and CEO, flew into PNG from Sydney this week to complete the agreement.

Mr Barge, who was joined in Port Moresby by fellow board members David Galvin and Simon Dulhunty, said the vision for Paga Hill “will help transform a city and country into an emerging tourism destination, while creating many local jobs and boosting the national economy”.

Governor Parkop said his vision is for “Port Moresby to be a model city in the South Pacific, leading the way in tourism and business”, with Paga Hill a key part of this strategy.

He is impressed to see the project now moving from design to construction.

Minister Tkatchenko expressed his appreciation at the amount of open space and discussed the opportunity of establishing a joint working group to ensure the best possible outcome for city and residents, as well as the developers.

Civil works on stage one are well underway with actual construction to commence in March 2018, with Mr Fridriksson saying Stage one will set the scene for what’s to come at Paga Hill Estate, “with waterfront retail, dining and entertainment, it will be an ideal place to live, work and play.”

Source: Post-Courier

Cleaning, maintenance work begins at Jomba cells

Source: The National

By DOROTHY MARK 


Cleaning and maintenance work at the Jomba police cells began over the weekend following a National Court order for work to be done immediately.
Judge David Cannings issued an order for the provincial government to make available K50,000 of which K25,000 was to be paid to the contractor that built a new female and juvenile cell block as part payment.
Another K25,000 was to be paid to police for the clean-up and maintenance of the current cell block.
Madang acting police commander Senior Inspector Jacob Bando said the contractor had gave him keys to the new cells which were available for use.
Bando said Madang administrator Daniel Aloi had arranged a contractor for the clean-up and maintenance of the old cell block.
Cannings said the cell was unfit for human occupation.
The clean-up came after he ordered for 36 detainees to be released on human rights grounds.
Cannings’ orders followed the filing of a report by national court officials about the cell conditions and over crowdedness.

 

Ministry Pushes For E-Learning In Tertiary Institutions

Source: Post-Courier

 

As of next month, smaller higher education institutions in the country will be assisted by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology to create their own websites and internel protocol (IP) addresses. Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Pila Niningi, said this in Port Moresby last week.

“With the rapid progress in technology and the advancement in learning systems, we plan to establish e-learning in all higher education institutions in the country,” Mr Niningi said.

He said higher learning institutions in the world that use e-learning technologies are ahead of those that use the traditional approach towards learning. He said it was equally important to take forward the concept of non-electronic teaching with the help of books and teachers, but the importance and effectiveness of technology-based learning cannot be taken lightly or ignored altogether.

Mr Niningi added that some higher learning institutions in private and public sectors are adapting to the concept of e-learning, which help in nation progress.

“The ministry and the Department of Higher Education will begin to use a tool called cloud to protect, monitor and manage the performance and availability of data across all higher learning institutions in PNG.

Boroko Market Safer Than Gordon

Central Vendors At The New Boroko Market Only Have Words Of Praise For The Security Personnel Who Have Been Doing A Tremendous Job Keeping The Vendors Safe Inside And Outside The Vicinity Of The Market.

 

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BY YOMBI KEP 

 

Central vendors at the new Boroko market only have words of praise for the security personnel who have been doing a tremendous job keeping the vendors safe inside and outside the vicinity of the market.

 

“Boroko Market is the best, security wise,” said a spokesperson of the Central Market Vendors during a Wholesale Vendors in NCD and Central Province consultative meeting with NCDC to discuss relevant issues.

 

“We were victims at Gordon market, our female folks were the  main victims but here they can trade without fear.”

 

The infamous Gordon market which is known for the notorious activities from bag snatching to hold ups was closed for renovation forcing vendors, including the Central Vendors who bring bags of fresh food to sell to the retailers to be relocated with other vendors to the Boroko market.

 

Meanwhile, Fletcher Morobe has been engaged as the design and build contractor of the project which will see the construction of a two-storey structure to cater for more than 1500 registered vendors. The K30 million redevelopment will also include cafes and kiosks, spacious parking area, food court, play ground, a space for informal vendors, landscaping of and a one-way traffic system.

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