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4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

Chan reaffirms stance against Solwara 1 project

24/12/2017

The views of Governor Sir Julius Chan and the New Ireland Provincial Government have not changed, they have always been against the experimental seabed mining.

This was reaffirmed by NIPG after Loop PNG published an article questioning the governor’s stance.

 

In response, Loop PNG was told that the provincial government has been demanding that an independent environmental impact study be conducted and the findings be made known to NIPG.

 

“It will be worthwhile to note that the decision for Nautilus minerals to mine undersea had been made by the national government and as it is under the Mining Act, everything in the earth, in and above the sea belongs to the State,” clarified the government.

 

“Sir J recognises this and is working on amendments to the act, so mama and papa graun can be fully recognised as owners of these minerals.

 

“The amendments have gone before Parliament as a private member’s bill.”

 

NIPG further said as Nautilus is doing business in New Ireland waters using the road and land as access to its ships, etc, they have demanded that Nautilus give back to the community in projects, which it is doing on the west coast.

 

“Nautilus had so far shown good corporate responsibility but this is not enough to convince NIPG that seabed mining is safe.”

 

Meanwhile, non-governmental organisations have been advised to visit Sir Julius’ Kavieng office and dialogue with their government.

 

Author: Jemimah Sukbat

Source: Loop PNG

Picture Credit: Loop PNG File Pic.

Mori invites NZ to invest in agro sector

COMMERCE and Industry Minister Wera Mori has invited New Zealand to invest in Papua New Guinea’s agriculture sector.

 
Mori went to New Zealand to seek investments in the renewable sector, seek support and networking between co-operatives in PNG and New Zealand in agro industries.

 
He held talks with Cooperatives Business New Zealand, Fonterra Dairies and the New Zealand Business Council.

 
PNG provides the largest market for Fonterra’s dairy products.

 
Mori said Fonterra was looking at increasing its global market share, and was an opportunity for PNG to create the incentives which would attract such a large global player in agribusiness and co-operatives in PNG.

 
Fonterra produces dairy products in New Zealand with 10,500 co-operative farmers.
It is willing to extend its social responsibility to PNG through its one-milk one-child per day programme next year.

 
“Fonterra Dairy produces 22 billion litres of milk annually to supply two billion of its customers around the world,” Mori said.

 
“Such opportunities should be considered in the Sepik plain, Markham Valley, Central and parts of the Highlands.”

 
Co-operative Business New Zealand chief executive officer Craig Presland invited Mori and other government institutions to participate at the week-long summit on Feb 27 next year in Auckland.

Source: The National

Photo Credit: Loop PNG.

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

New LLG to be announced

20/12/2017

A new LLG will officially be announced today around 3pm at the Konebada resort in Boera, Central province.

 

This new LLG will ensure that the Hiri LLG is halved, that is Hiri LLG and the new Vanapa_Brown LLG.

 

This move is in support of leaders of Kairuku Hiri efforts to separate Kairuku and Hiri  with reasons including;

 

*Overly populated

*Geographical status of Hiri and Kairuku

*Funding lacking

*lack of development

 

The move to have a new LLG will ensure that the move to separate Kairuku and Hiri will be fast tracked.

 

This was also supported by Hiri LLG president, Haoda Rogea, who noted that to have a district, the concerned area must have at least more than three LLG’s.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Govt signs deal to grow cotton

THE Government’s fact-finding mission to India has resulted in an agreement on mutual agricultural investment prospects.

 
Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allen said a draft agreement was with the government of India and would be sent to Papua New Guinea for further input and signing.
Allen said a new agriculture prospect for PNG highlighted in the draft was the commercialised farming of cotton in Papua New Guinea.

 
He said apart from cotton, commodities such as wheat/grain, rice and livestock were prospect areas for PNG.

 
Allen said it would seek to capture two focus areas where the Indian government could assist agriculture development in PNG.

 
They include the development of a central seeds bank for PNG and research and technology assistance for the PNG National Agriculture Research Institute.

 
Allen said he proposed to the director of the Indian Agriculture Institute to have Papua New Guineans undergo training at the institute.

 
Also, an agriculture machinery manufacturer has shown interest in training mechanics in repairing equipment and also set up shop in Papua New Guinea for businesses to buy equipment.

 
Moreover, Allen said Papua New Guinea has much to learn from India as it has developed largely due to agriculture.

Source: The National

Remote Rigo Village Gets Water Project

For The First Time In 42 Years And 10 Successive Parliamentary Administrations, The People Of Konakou Village In The Rigo District Of Central Province Finally Have Improved Access To Fresh, Potable Water.

 

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

For the first time in 42 years and 10 successive parliamentary administrations, the people of Konakou village in the Rigo district of Central Province finally have improved access to fresh, potable water.

Unfortunately, the plight of Konakou villagers over the past decades is typical of many isolated rural villages in a majority of the 6, 000 wards throughout PNG.

With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.156, PNG currently ranks 154 out of a total of 188 countries on the global Human Development Indices.

PNG is one of only two countries in the South Pacific region who place among the 50 lowest HDI rankings in the world (including Solomon Islands, which ranks 156 with a HDI of 0.515).

Department of Provincial and Local Level Governments (DPLLG) secretary, Dickson Guina, during the launching of the Konakou village gravity feed water project, urged for a more dynamic and collaborative drive towards improving PNGs human development indicators.

“I want to encourage our national departments, especially national planning, that this is the program where we can make a change, because it is touching the lives of the people. We have 324 LLGs in this country and more than 6, 000 wards. We also have 89 districts and 22 provinces, but if we can change these 6, 000 wards, we can change this country,” said Mr Guina.

“Unless we change our villages in Papua New Guinea, we can never change this country. All the indicators of the government, the World Bank and the United Nations are measured according to how our people live in their communities. If we don’t have better water, health and education systems, our indicators will be low.”

The HDI is a summary measure for assessing progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) human development report 2016, PNGs HDI value saw a 43.4 per cent increase between 1990 and 2015 from 0.360 to 0.516.

During this period PNGs life expectancy at birth increased by 7.2 years to 62.8, mean years of schooling increased by 2.0 years to 4.3 and expected years of schooling increased by 5.2 years to 9.9.

PNG’s Gross National Income per capita also increased by about 76.3 per cent to US$2.712 billion between 1990 and 2015.

Yet despite the successes of the past 25 years, a majority of the 85 percent of PNGs total population who live in rural areas, still do not have access to adequate government services.

Power Project Welcomes LO Participation

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Landowners can be given the first right of refusal as equity shareholders in the proposed US$120 million (K375 million) Port Moresby power project.
This is according to Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) managing director Wapu Sonk, who says participation by resource landowners in the project was welcome.
He says this can be achieved through equity participation by the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) in NiuPower Limited.
NiuPower is the entity created by KPHL and Oil Search Limited to underwrite the US$120 million gas fired power station.
LNG project landowners were angered at not being part of the project and threatened to disrupt the US$19 billion investment demanding they own the power station.
Hela landowners said that they had been denied the opportunity to participate in the new project, which will use gas from the PNG LNG liquefaction plant near Port Moresby.
“NiuPower has always been keen to bring in additional equity partners.
“Of course any equity participation must be on commercial terms consistent with the terms agreed between NiuPower and PPL.
“Otherwise there will be substantial increases in the cost of power to PPL and its customers,” Mr Sonk said.
He said Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search had previously invited the State owned MRDC to take equity in NiuPower’s investments to ensure landowner participation in the development of the Port Moresby power station.
“This offer remains open and NiuPower is awaiting engagement from MRDC to discuss the commercial terms for equity participation.
“We, therefore, urge landowners to work constructively with MRDC to achieve their participation in this milestone power project,” he said. Mr Sonk added that following the establishment of the power station, generation requirements for the National Capital District will be covered for a number of years.
“With the creation of NiuPower and the development of the gas fired Port Moresby power station, Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search directly contribute to the government’s energy objectives of electrifying 70 per cent of PNG by 2030, today estimated at around 10 per cent.
“We recognise that electrifying PNG is a development game changer that will improve the lives of our people in line with Vision 2050,” Mr Sonk said.

Photo Courtesy: Loop PNG

Landowners eyeing development ties with Northern govt

Source: The National

 

Binandere landowners in Northern are working on partnering the provincial government to develop resource projects while protecting their land.
With assistance from the government, the chiefs’ council established a forum for increased participation in the development of the resources.
Governor Gary Juffa yesterday presented the first part of the K70,000 funding assistance which would be used to develop the plan.
“I’m very proud of how they have come together as a community, and their dreams and aspirations are to participate in the development of their own resources in determining their own future and they want to partner with the provincial government,” Juffa said.
“If there is going to be any sort of development, the chiefs’ council must have a say.”
Juffa said the government in 2012 embarked on a policy to ensure inclusiveness to ensure that resource owners were not marginalised.
“We took this proposal to (the late) Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc (former chief secretary),” Juffa said.
“He supported it and we trialed a pilot project and established the first chief’s council at Nindewari.
“The provincial government made a commitment to fund this council and will continue to fund it
“It becomes part of the recurrent budget of K200,000 every year.
“The chiefs’ council will be located in stations and districts headed by a permanent chairman, with representations from ward councillors, women, youth and the church.
“In that way, all stakeholders are consulted in any major developments such as forestry, fisheries, and mining or gas projects.
“This entity will carry out social mapping, ensure no conflicts and will recommend to PEC (provincial executive council, ) and provincial government whether the project is in the people’s best interest.
“It is my ambition that in the next five years that this pilot project progresses well.”
Chief Peter Waide said the Binanderes had decided to take on the challenge to see changes in their community.
“We haven’t seen government services going down to the our people. People have suffered for more than 40 years,” he said.

Officers take lead to change agriculture practice

Source: Loop PNG
9/12/2017

Officers working for Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) are in the forefront of a shift in agriculture practice in the country, says project manager Potaisa Hombunaka.

 

“It was clear at the just concluded first national inaugural agriculture summit in Port Moresby that the PPAP modality is strong in governance, transparency and accountability, hence delivery of project to the farmers is feasible,” he said.

 

“Be happy because you’re in the forefront of a move in the country.”

 

Hombunaka was talking to 45 extension officers attending a weeklong training at Aiyura coffee research and growers services station in Eastern Highlands on Friday, 23 November, 2017.

 

The officers work for 35 productive partners for Coffee Industry Corporation’s industry rehabilitation program under PPAP coffee component. They were trained on how best to train farmers outside of the conventional extension service practice.

 

“Our current conventional extension service is just about training farmers on technical applications on production aspect of agriculture and we leave the farmers high and dry after the training,” said Hombunaka.

 

“The extension service we were using was relevant at that time, but there was really nothing between connecting us and growers.

 

“It’s time to phase out the conventional extension service system. Production has not gone up.”

 

Quoting Albert Einstein, Hombunaka said “We cannot continue to do the same old things and expect different results”.

 

He said the PPAP modality with a strong emphasis on ‘productive partnership’ has been tried elsewhere in the world and is the way forward for agriculture development in the country.

 

The engagement of close to 400 extension officers and field assistants is building back the extension service program. These officers are working in 10 provinces namely Eastern Highlands, Simbu, Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Enga, Southern Highlands, Morobe, Madang (Simbai and Kovon LLG), East New Britain and East Sepik.

 

The number of coffee extension officers has reduced significantly over the years and CIC, through the PPAP intervention, is working towards returning extension officers to re-connect farmers or producers who are important stakeholders in the coffee value chain.

 

One difference is the extension officers are from the project area hence after the project ends, all the knowledge and experiences are left in the area as opposed to recruiting extension officers from outside.

 

The coffee rehabilitation is a CIC project through Department of Agriculture & Livestock. It is financed by a loan facility from World Bank, IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with support funding from PNG Government.

 

(Extension officers with CIC and PPAP coffee training facilitators)

Author: Press release

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