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Statement in Response to Loop PNG’s Article calling Governor Sasindran Muthuvel’s Citizenship into Question

It was unfortunate to see Loop PNG attempt to tarnish my good name by publishing and heavily promoting a story designed to raise doubts about my citizenship. Such attempts to undermine the legitimacy of West New Britain’s election results do not serve the people of Papua New Guinea.

Rival candidates tried to make the same claim after the 2012 elections. The allegations were proven to be completely false. I am a naturalized citizenship of Papua New Guinea and have been since 2007. Upon taking up my new citizenship as a Papua New Guinean my former Indian citizenship was automatically revoked under Indian law.

To further cement my dedication to this country I also formally renounced my Indian citizenship via a letter to the then Indian High Commissioner of PNG, His Excellency S.P. Mann. This renunciation was confirmed by the Indian government in a return letter.

Along with my two children I obtained my first PNG passport in October of 2007 and have worked to be a humble servant of this great nation ever since. Taking on PNG citizenship was a great honour for me and I have worked ever since to live up to the responsibilities that accompany that honour. I sincerely hope my dedication to my West New Britain people has showed my gratitude to my adopted country.

I have every confidence the courts will once again uphold my good name, and once they have completed their due processes allow me to continue to serve the people of West New Britain for this parliamentary term.

Regards,

Sasi

Governor Sasindran Muthuvel October 11, 2017 at 3.35pm
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Negative Public Image Abroad A Big Concern

BY GORETHY KENNETH

A major challenge facing Papua New Guinea’s foreign missions is dealing with negative public image abroad, Foreign Affairs Secretary William Dihm told Members of Parliament at their induction last Friday.

Other challenges include awareness of roles and responsibilities of the Foreign Affairs Department which extends beyond the country’s national borders, funding for the department as well as overseas missions and posts.
This is in addition to increasing cost of consular support, assessed contributions to international and regional organisations and building institutional and human resource capacity.

Papua New Guinea currently has important relationships with 89 member states of the United Nations and just recently Cabinet approved to enter into relations with a further 25 countries. Resident foreign missions including Apostolic Nunciature (16), Consulates (3), Honorary Consuls (20), International Organisations (23) and Ambassadors and High Commissions accredited to PNG from other countries (30+). This includes APEC (21), ASEAN (10), PIF (18), ACP (79), UN (193).

“Dealing with negative public image of our nation abroad remains a major challenge,” Mr Dihm told MPs.
“PNG has a unique story to tell the world about its diversity, its democracy and development aspirations,” he said.

“Our work is an extension of our national policies to the international community, we therefore need a whole government approach in promoting and protecting PNG’s national interest. We need your support in fulfilling our mission, which is to serve as the focal point of contact and communications between the PNG government and other foreign governments and international organisations.

“Protect and promote the sovereignty and independence of our nation and develop policies relevant to advancing PNG core interests in aid, trade, and development cooperation and other international commitments, oversee PNG’s treaty commitments provide protocol services and manage 20 of PNG’s overseas diplomatic missions and posts and help coordinate representation in major international meetings,” he said.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/negative-public-image-abroad-big-concern/

Photo credit: Loop PNG

Congratulatory Messages to O’Neill

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has received overwhelming congratulatory messages from counterparts in the Pacific, Australia and APEC economies.

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Australia’s Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on different occasions sent their congratulatory messages to Mr O’Neill both pledging their support for PNG.

Small island nation leaders have also congratulated Mr O’Neill on his re-election, including several members of the Pacific Islands Forum who will accord PM O’Neill the respect when he attends the 48th PIF Meeting in Apia two weeks time.

Several APEC economy leaders have also sent their congratulatory messages personally to Mr O’Neill since his re-election.

O’Neill said he’s had many of his counterparts congratulate him personally from their countries but it was nothing to make a big issue about as these were relations both countries had maintained for years.

Late yesterday a statement from the Solomon Island Opposition Leader Jeremaiah Manele reached the paper. Manele like other leaders have congratulated the re-election of Peter O’Neill as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

In a letter to the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Manele extended his greetings on behalf of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group to Prime Minister O’Neill and the People’s National Congress party and its coalition partners.

“Your re-election victory is a true indication of the confidence and trust that the people of PNG have in your Party and its coalition partners. Mr Prime Minister, your victory also indicates PNG’s vibrant democratic process which demonstrates that PNG has become a mature democracy,” Mr Manele stated in his letter.

The Opposition Leader said he hopes Prime Minister O’Neill will continue to uphold the strong Melanesian ties with Solomon Islands and PNG share, which is not only embedded on bilateral cooperation but also on people to people relations and on our common traditions and culture as Melanesian societies.

“As you assume office, I wish to assure you of my personal commitment as well as that of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group, to continue to work closely without you and your administration to further strengthen the strong bilateral relations between our two countries in future,” Manele said in his letter.

via Post-Courier | August 7, 2017 at 10.00 am

Joint Statement on the Formation of Government

Approved for Release on Wednesday, 26th July 2017, by the Leaders of:

  • The People’s National Congress Party (PNC)
  • The Peoples Progress Party (PPP)
  • The United Resources Party (URP)
  • The Social Democratic Party (SDP)

 

Our coalition of Parties and Independent Members of Parliament have agreed to support a PNC-led Government form the Tenth Parliament of Papua New Guinea.

Following the 2017 National General Election, PNC has recorded the highest number of Members-elect, and is on-track to have the highest number of Members in this Parliament.

In accordance with National Electoral Laws, PNC is now anticipated to be called upon by His Excellency, the Governor-General, to form Government.

A PNC-led Government has had the opportunity to manage the affairs of the Nation for the past five years.

Through a most challenging time in the global economy, and through one of the worst droughts in history, the PNC-led Government has insulated our economy and our communities from these shocks.

During the past five years, the Government has delivered unprecedented growth through the delivery of clear and targeted policies.

There have been programs and policies that could have been run with greater efficiency, and lessons have been learnt.  The new Government will increase its capability to meet the expectations of our people.

These policies have enabled an additional one million children to obtain an education, and have expanded access to healthcare for those who previously could not afford to see a doctor.

The infrastructure of our nation has expanded dramatically in all regions of the country.

Over the past five years the Government has also empowered provinces and districts to have their say and to guide resource allocation for local service delivery and infrastructure development.

Through more autonomous arrangements, we will continue to facilitate this devolution of authority and decision-making to enable people in our regions to have much greater say in the governance of their communities.

The reforms of the past five years have laid the foundations for a strong Government with a powerful policy agenda to lead the Nation in the next five years.

In the past five years, this Government has delivered significant national events, and now as we prepare to host world leaders at the APEC Summit, we must have a capable and experienced Government leading this process.

Drawing on the experience of the past five years, our Government in the next Parliament, will work as a group to manage all challenges that we face.

We will further work together to expand the delivery of services and infrastructure development to our remote and rural areas in all regions of Papua New Guinea.

Our Government will work with industry to increase investment and to diversify our economic base to strengthen the sectors that are at the heart of our economic future, including tourism, fisheries and agriculture, and the downstream processing of our minerals.

We will continue to empower our people through strong and dedicated Christian and State partnerships, and programs in education and healthcare.

Working as a cohesive team, we the Government Coalition, will take our great Nation to the next level of economic and community development by delivering stable policy that is relevant to the people of our nation.

 

…………………………..                                                      …………………………………..

Hon. Peter O’Neill, MP                                                       Rt. Hon. Sir Julius Chan, MP

Leader, People’s National Congress Party                     Leader, Peoples Progress Party

 

 

 

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Hon. William Duma, MP                                                    Hon. Powes Parkop, MP

Leader, United Resources Party                                       Leader, Social Democratic Party

 

 

 

 

Elected Leaders still have designated authority to carry out their mandated function and this should not be interrupted

*** The National Newspaper Should Not Politicize Public Servants ***

The Chief Secretary to Government, Amb. Isaac Lupari CBE, has cautioned editors to not politicise public servants in coverage of the upcoming elections, and to check their facts before going to print.

“Today, the National newspaper has published an inaccurate and very misleading story under the headline: Civil servants’ ‘role is to back PM,’” the Chief Secretary said.

“This headline is misleading with a fake quote that was never made.

“The Prime Minister, Ministers and the Opposition Leader remain in their positions until the next Parliament convenes, and still maintain support from administrative staff and police.

“Elected Leaders still have designated authority to carry out their mandated function and this should not be interrupted.

“Is the National suggesting that the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader should not have security during the election period? That is absurd.

“This is the established procedure for all elections past, and is in line with Commonwealth standards in the conduct of elections.

“The National further stated that it is ‘understood,’ as in a rumour, that the Prime Minister travels with 10 protocol officers and uses the official Falcon jet to travel election functions.

“This is absolute rubbish and if the National had cared to check facts this would have been clear.

“Public Servants carry out their official duties for the Prime Minister, Ministers and the Opposition Leader, and do not have any involvement with politics.

“In a world where social media rumour is in abundance, the people look to established media to set high standards, to report fact and to cross-check those facts before going to print.

“The National must retract this story and apologise to their readers.”

 

PNC Ialibu-Pangia Peter O’Neill June 6, 2017 at 3.49 pm

Buai Ban only Partially Lifted

***Official Statement Regarding Status of Buai Ban***

Ever since the Koki betel nut market was opened last year we have only partially lifted the betel nut ban. This was announced last year. It’s not a decision made now as reported in the national. The news in the national is incorrect.

We also have not allowed betel nut to be sold everywhere in the city as reported by the national. The revised strategy is to only allow regulated sale on a wholesale and retail basis that is to be sold at approved locations in the city. There has been some locations identified already and has been officially designated as vending sites. Our management is also in the process of identifying new locations. Announcement has been made in the past and others will be announced later when locations are identified and confirmed.

Please note that there will be no sale either in wholesale or retail at major shopping malls and public places.

The revised strategy will also include spraying and cleaning the roads and surrounding walls of betel nut spittle. This will be rolled out soon when the cleaning products are in country. It’s a shame for us to have to do this clean-up of our own filth but some of our people are still letting us down. I wish people learn to chew responsibly.

Despite what critics say the city is much better now due to the ban. We never promise an overnight success but we promised a journey. And we are getting there. Behaviour and habits takes time to change but we will surely get there. Change is inevitable.

This new strategy is an opportunity for all of us to show that we care for our city, our health, our image and our city as a national capital and as the face of PNG. Let us take ownership and responsibility for its well-being so it can give us a foundation for a better future

Thank you

Hon. Powes Parkop LLB LLM MP

Statement Release: Be Very Mindful of your Actions During these Last 3 Weeks of Campaigning

*** Statement from the People’s National Congress, General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Kup. ***

“The 2017 National Elections are a time for the people of Papua New Guinea to decide who is the best equipped and most capable leader for their province or district.

“The people of Papua New Guinea deserve correct and factual information to make informed decisions before going to vote on the 24th of June.

“It is not fair or right that during this election campaign, our people have been bombarded with numerous lies, false stories, and claims of pending court cases.

“During these past five weeks of campaigning, I have seen the increasing number of personal attacks and the increased number of fake stories appearing on social media.

“In some cases, this has been the lowest forms of gutter politics used to try and discredit contesting candidates and sitting members.

“This simply disgusts me, and it is not becoming of potential candidates or sitting MP’s to behave in this fashion.”

“I am placing a call out to all party Presidents, General Secretaries, party executives, sitting members, and candidates, to be very mindful of your actions during these last three weeks of campaigning.

“I have extended the same sentiment to all PNC sitting members and candidates.

“Our Party Leader, Hon. Peter O’Neill and I will not tolerate any low-level gutter politics within the PNC. We will win on our delivery and merit.

“I ask that all candidates focus on your policies, what you have achieved, what you want to deliver, and the strategies you will employ for the people within your province or district.”

“The people and supporters of PNG are bright and intelligent, and they know when they are being deceived. I ask you to trust in your campaigning abilities, and continue to deliver your message.”

“You will not see the PNC behave in any other manner than professional and providing quality leadership credentials. We look forward to a fair and challenging last three weeks of campaigning with the respect that all parties deserve.”

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