Category Archives: Infrastructure

Security vital in event planning, Hawkins says

August 11, 2017

The National


Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Authority chief executive officer Chris Hawkins said one of the most important elements about planning any Apec meeting is ensuring that its security is right.
Hawkins told a press conference in Port Moresby yesterday that partnership was vital in delivering such important meetings.


“One thing is, of course, to have the venue set and the meeting rooms but if we don’t have the security safety plan in place then we can’t have a successful meeting,” he said.
“We are working with our partners from around the region and it’s very important that we do so because you never do Apec alone. You need to do that in partnership.


“We’ve had great support from our friends in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Indonesia and we really appreciate that.”


Hawkins said that the first of many Apec meetings is just over a month away and there would be up to 200 meetings between October this year and Nov next year.
Hawkins said the first was a transportation minister’s meeting in October.
“That meeting will take place in Port Moresby and in Alotau, so we will have delegates and ministers going around the country,” he said.


“We will have regional meeting components so we will take Apec delegates and ministers right around the country so they get to see so much of the country.”


In terms of preparations, Hawkins said in Port Moresby the ApecHouse was ahead of schedule.


“The Apec House is couple of weeks ahead of schedule and we are looking forward to the first meeting in October.”



Parkop Plans to Transform NCD into a ‘21st Century City’

August 11, 2017

The National

NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop plans to transform Port Moresby over the next five years into a “21st century city”.

“We cannot be complacent anymore. We cannot continue to give excuses or be mediocre about the quality of life and standard of living in our city, the status of infrastructure and so on.


“We’ve got to do a quantum leap – not just for the city but for the rest of the nation. The rest of the nation needs a major inspiration. They need to believe that a better future is possible. We’ve given them that possibility over the last nine to 10 years.


“We can absolutely do more and even better. That’s what I would like to see in the next five years. I want us to bring our city into the 21st Century. “We can do it. There’s no reason why we can’t do it. We have all the possibilities with us now. We have the experience.”
He was sworn as governor yesterday by Magistrate Tracy Ganaii.
The other NCD MPs are expected to be sworn in today.
Parkop said there were still some hurdles to overcome.
“There are some things that we must have zero-tolerance for,” he said.

Political Stability Needed for Continuation of Development

***PNC-Led Government to Bring New Era of Growth***


PM O’Neill was speaking with the people of Wiabo in the Obura Wanenara district of Goroka yesterday, where he committed to continue road construction in the province.

“In only five years, we have delivered on our promises in our simple policies, which you have seen all around you,” the Prime Minister said.

“Give us another five years, and you will see this country transform. Road infrastructure is the key to economic development and has been our government’s priority in ensuring the rural population have access to better services.

“Road infrastructure is essential for the delivery of healthcare and education so that services reach rural communities easily and on time.

“We will further continue funding for more classrooms and make sure educational materials reach the schools.”

The Prime Minister was campaigning with Obura Wanenara candidate John Boito, where he urged the people to vote for Mr Boito so that he can continue building the road from where it was left.

“There has been so much negativity during this campaign from the opposition, they have made wild accusations. But action speaks louder than words, and this has been demonstrated in the last five years.”

Village leaders in Wiabo applauded the commitments from the Prime Minister and Mr Boito after so many past decades of being neglected.

“In five years, we have delivered proper classrooms, and your children are going to school.

“Before we came to government, this was just a dream.

“Free education to continue under a PNC-led government, but it would be cancelled if the opposition had a chance to form government.

“The benefits of free education are clear for your children, particularly families in villages with parents who could not afford school fees.

“Our government will keep your kids in school so they can have better lives as they grow into adults.”

The Prime Minister was accompanied by PNC candidates including, Governor Julie Soso, Minister Nick Kuman and Minister Benny Allan.


Post-Courier June 7, 2017

Ela Beach Development: Reclaim the Glory of the Past

***K48mil for Ela Project***

The National Capital District Commission has invested K48 million to transform Ela Beach in Port Moresby into a beautiful city landmark.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop said the Bank of South Pacific provided a loan to develop the beach as part of the city’s development.

“It is part of the large transformation of the city to meet the increasing population’s social and economic demand,” he said.

The beach, after it is completed next year, will be in three stretches – one for family outings, one for sporting activities such as beach volleyball and one called the Lakatoi Beach for young people to hang out and have a bit of fun on.

The beach will have facilities such as parking spaces, restaurants and cafes. Parkop said Ela beach used to be the best in the city but was neglected.

“So we are now developing it to reclaim the glory of the past. The Ela Beach development is a massive investment,” the governor said.

“Port Moresby is expanding, physically and socially, economically and the population is almost a million.

“Every weekend, the beach is full and there is no parking space. So we are investing funds into the development to have a top class beach which it will benefit everyone.

“It is uplifting for our families, city residents and tourists too.

“Hiri Moale will have a good place where all the traditional activities will take place.

“It will be an amazing place for us to showcase our culture.”

 June 1, 2017

Borrowing for Progress

Highway redeveloped at K145m and renamed Sir Reuben Taureka


The Government will continue to borrow and invest in infrastructure despite “negative criticisms” on more international borrowings, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said yesterday.

Mr O’Neill said this during the opening of the redeveloped Six-Mile to Bautama section of the Magi Highway from Moresby South to Central Province which he renamed Sir Reuben Taureka Highway.

This 12km stretch cost more than K145 million to build.

Highway open1

“When you make such a negative criticism that is not constructive, then all you simply do is make me more stubborn. That means I’m on the right path, so I will build more roads, schools, hospitals, airports, and infrastructure for our people,” the prime minster said.

“We are borrowing more money because we are able to repay that money; we have never defaulted on all our loans all this time since independence in 1975. Our economy has almost doubled over the last five years, meaning that we have the capacity to repay those loans.”

Mr O’Neill said bankers would not lend PNG money if PNG did not have the ability to repay the loan – “that is common sense, not only for government but businesses as well as. That’s why Papua New Guineans must not be afraid of this issue about loans,” he added.

He said 99 percent of the countries in the world borrow money to build infrastructure to grow the economy and develop their country, and Papua New Guinea was no exception.

“They don’t do it any other way if there is any other solutions, believe me I would have already found out. I’m not blind, I am not stupid. I know exactly what I am doing, and that is why we are continuing to build infrastructure to serve you,” Mr O’Neill said.

“The construction industry employs thousands of Papua New Guineans, that is why we must put more money into construction, not only in Port Moresby but right throughout the country.

“We know that Highlands and some of our national highways are big problems. Two weeks ago our government gave a contract to Dekenai Constriction to maintain the road from Laloki Bridge to Kerema.

“Today you can ride from Port Moresby to Kerema on a sealed road, but potholes are still there.

“We want zero potholes on all these highways throughout the country. That’s the beginning that we have partnered with World Bank to do so,” he said.

Prime Minister O’Neill said his government had delivered a lot in terms of infrastructure and basic services in the past five years, compared to previous governments.

“In the last government between 1999 and 2011 when the country had so many trust accounts and so many billions of kina sitting in these accounts, what did they build?

“These same people want to lead your country; you ask them what they have built. They have built nothing, zero; not one road, bridge, school, hospital.”


During his speech at the National Research Institute, the PM touched on Public Housing. He added that the walkabout sawmill model was the best model to adopt in the districts and ward levels of the country to improve our people’s standard of living.

“I just visited a village called Pau village at the Morobe patrol post. Where the local leadership was able to use the forest, use the walkabout sawmill to build houses for the public service and houses for their communities”

“It can be done and it has been done throughout the country,” Mr O’Neil said.
He said K10,000 funding per ward would continue over the next budget cycle under the national budget.

Ward funding will go to;

  • Public Housing
  • maintaining elementary schools
  • maintaining local aid posts

Staff housing

“This is how we are funding our local and remote communities.”

“Public housing is something that is not only going to improve standard of living but also health of our people and education of our children.

It is going to ensure that we deliver the basic services that our people truly deserve”, The PM stated.

Police Commissioner Baki receives new police station in Wapenamanda


Monday 10 April 2017

Police Commissioner Gari Baki took delivery of a brand new police station and a new police vehicle in Wapenamanda District of the Enga Province last week.

The police station and vehicle was the support given by the local Member of Parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Rimbink Pato through his District Services Infrastructure Program (DSIP).

wapenamda police station

Commissioner Baki, Foreign Affairs Minister Pato, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Logistic Tony Duwang and the Provincial Police Commander George Kakas were in Wapenamanda to officially receive the new police infrastructure and vehicle.

Two new police stations are still under construction in the Lower Lai and Tsak valley. Both buildings are expected to be completed before the end of June.

The people in the Tsak valley were without a police station for the last 25 years after a tribal fight which saw the closure of the police station and withdrawal of police officers.

The Police Commissioner was pleased to see the local member and the people’s cooperation to bring police presences back into the Tsak valley.

He told the crowd that he was no stranger to Tsak valley because he spent his young days in the early 1970’s as the commanding officer of the Enga mobile squad. He was based in Konemanda to curve tribal fights in the valley.

During the visit the Tsak valley local councillor and landowner gave five hectares of land in the Tsak valley to the Police Department as an incentive to bring police services back into the valley.

Police Commissioner Baki instructed Assistant Commissioner Duwang to immediately send his officers to survey the land boundaries and prepare the land to construct police barracks and other police facilities in the valley.

At the Wapenamanda station Commissioner Baki told the crowd to cooperate with electoral officials and the security forces in the coming 2017 National General Election and make it their business to have a safe and free election.

Foreign Affairs Minister Pato has pledged his support behind the Law and Justice Sector to make Wapenamanda District a peaceful and safe place in the Enga Province.


Photo: Assistant Commissioner of Police for Logistic Tony Duwang, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, Police Commissioner Gari Baki and Enga Provincial Police Commander George Kakas in front of the new Wapenamanda police station (left to right).

Picture by Police Media Unit.

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