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PM announces reform of overspending dept

August 18, 2017
                         Main Stories

By Gynnie Kero

 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced a reform for the public service, saying the sector continues to overspend by more than K300 million a year.

 
Addressing the business community in Port Moresby yesterday, O’Neill said: “We are going to have a large reform in the public service structure. Public Service continues to overspend over K300 million a year on maintaining a public service structure in our country.

 
“This sort of expenditure is unsustainable for Papua New Guinea.
“That is why a large reform package will be set up where it will mean we will streamline some of the departments so that they can perform better with other departments that

 

 

are related and, we will want them to be bit more efficient, quality-driven. That would mean we may have to retrench some of our people into sectors where they are needed most.

 
“We are open to consultation during the reforms.
“Business and government need to work together for better outcomes.

 
“Our government is proud to have the mandate to continue driving positive change.
“We are grateful for the support given by our people to continue our core policy agenda.
“We are also grateful for the support of the business community for our government.
“We will again be a business-friendly government and consult with all stakeholders.”

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Mt. Hagen Show 2017

 

The 2017 Hagen Show is expected to take places in Mt. Hagen, August 19th-20th.

Tribes from all over the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and other neighboring provinces from the Highlands region will gather in the township of Mt. Hagen to put on exciting cultural performances involving traditional dances, singing and ritual – rivaling that of the Goroka Show.

The Hagen Show was first before PNG’s Independence as an event to unify tribes.

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The first Mount Hagen Cultural Show was staged in 1961, while PNG was still under the colonial rule of Australia. Many different tribes from the Highlands gathered together in an effort to share their cultural experiences with each other, bringing a calming effect to inter-tribal conflicts and animosities.

Since the first show, there have of course been technological advancements, political developments, and major paradigm shifts; namely, PNG’s independence from Australia in 1975. Mount Hagen has boomed in the past 40 years, and is now the third largest city in PNG. While the tribal focus of the show remains the same, the event has been made more tourist-friendly. A mix of tribal traditions and modern entertainment are designed to attract international and domestic travelers, and there is now a monetary prize for the winning cultural group. This ensures that the singsings are a colorful, competitive affair, with performers drumming, chanting and dancing at a pace that leaves even the audience breathless.

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Now local entertainers from the modern music scene also perform during the show.  Arts and crafts will also be on display apart from the cultural groups which will be preforming

Don’t miss out on this exciting cultural event in one of the Highlands regions biggest commercial township!

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Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority

http://www.papuanewguinea.travel/viewservices/News.aspx?Pop=1&rqEventID=249

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Court Reserves Ruling On Gumine Case

Sally Pokiton

 

The Waigani National Court has reserved its ruling on two applications that was moved this afternoon surrounding the legal declaration of the Gumine seat.

Presiding judge, Justice Collin Makail this afternoon heard the two applications that was moved by lawyers representing Dawa Lucas Dekena and Nick Kuman.

The case returned following the restraining orders that were issued on Aug 2, stopping Kuman from making the declaration of office taking part in the election of the Speaker and Prime Minister.

However, the restraining orders were not served in time to the Speaker and Clerk of Parliament, in order for it to take effect against Kuman.

The orders were issued at 11:50am, Kuman made declaration at 12:03pm

Dekena’s lawers submitted in court today that the original writ that was issued by the Electoral Commission on April 20, was signed by Max Yomba, the appointed Returning officer.

It was also put before the court that another writ, issued on April 26, was the one issued by Freddy Yuan.

Lawyer for the Electoral Commission told the court that the application by Dekena’s lawyers should be refused in order to maintain the status-quo, as Kuman has already made the declaration of office.

Kuman’s lawyer at the same time this afternoon, also asked the court to dismiss the case, sighting unreasonable cause of action by Dekena as his client has already been sworn in.

His lawyer said that the case is an abuse of process now that a member has been declared and the only way to challenge the result is by way of election petition.

But Greg Egan, who represented Dekena said it is important that the duly elected member for Gumine represent them on the floor of parliament.

He also asked for an expedited hearing of the case.

Counting for the seat ended on July 26, however the declaration was made two days later on “different results”.

 

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/court-reserves-ruling-gumine-case-64878

Envoy: Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry Has Export Potential

National Author 

 

HEAD of delegation and EU ambassador to PNG Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyroplous says agriculture, fisheries and forestry can offer the country more export potential.
He said many countries were now using trade to develop and PNG could do so too.
“These are three key renewable sectors that can offer PNG more. Perhaps not through the form of special agriculture and business leases but with the landowners fully involved as co-beneficiaries,” Argyroplous said.
“There is no doubt that there is a global demand for sustainable green products from forestry, fisheries and agriculture – which is set to steeply increase.”
He said global growth was expected to be generated by emerging economies particularly in Asia.
Argyroplous was speaking during the launching of the national trade policy (2017-2032) last week.
“The European Union acknowledges the efforts and advancements for PNG promoting the whole government approach to address the issue,” he said.
“Based on these experiences, the European Union encourages PNG to play a more prominent role and support other countries to fight against illegal fishing in the Pacific.”
He said the EU was assisting and strengthening the capacity of the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry “through inclusive progress where we involve all stakeholders, private sector and civil society who are beneficiaries of the policies”.

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/envoy-agriculture-fisheries-forestry-export-potential/

Justice Lenalia passes on

Sally Pokiton

​The Judiciary has yet again lost another significant member of the National and Supreme Court bench.

Justice Salatiel Lenalia passed on during the early hours of this morning in Port Moresby.

He passed away at the Pacific International Hospital at 1:30am.

The late Justice Lenalia was one of the three resident judges at Kokopo.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia is expected to release an official statement today.

The Judiciary is now organising for his body to taken to the funeral home.

More updates on this today.

 

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/justice-lenalia-passes-64849

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY MEDIA RELEASE

ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY
MEDIA RELEASE
Monday August 14th, 2017
My conscience is clear says Police Commissioner Baki
I am truly amazed by the comments coming from the public as well as from our elected leaders regarding the Prime Minister’s case and his warrant of arrest as well as calls for my resignation.
I have stated that I welcome the decision of the courts. However, as you would have gathered, the Court has issued a further stay on the warrant, thus preventing any police action.
I have stated that I will invite the Prime Minister to come in for an interview. The warrant of arrest is alive and will only end when the Prime Minister comes in for the interview.
That is my position and I will not change it. I want everyone to appreciate where I am coming from with regards to this particular issue.
Regardless of the allegations and the Warrant of Arrest Peter O’Neill is still an elected national leader and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Respect must be accorded to him regardless. Critics are calling on the police to arrest him on the streets like a common criminal. The presumption of innocence unless proven guilty in a court of law and his status as Prime Minister dictates that we treat him with a certain level of decency. Hence I will not arrest him in the streets but invite him to the police station where he will be interviewed.
Everyone seems to be passing judgement on the Prime Minister already. As a citizen he has exercised his right and taken the matter to the courts. That must be respected until the courts make a decision on his appeal.
As for the police, is it too much to ask that I, as the Commissioner of Police be fully briefed prior to the invitation of the Prime Minister, especially in light of the counter-allegations being levelled against my policemen. I want assurance that I have legs to stand on when we bring the Prime Minister in for the interview because at the end of the day I will be held responsible.
For some reason Director Fraud and Anti Corruption Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru and his team have stubbornly refused to cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office over the last three years and have done their best to keep the file a secret from me and my predecessor. I have been given an executive brief but that is not the same thing as having access to and appreciating the file itself.
I am confident that the case would not have dragged on for so long had Mr Damaru made available the file either to myself or to the former police commissioner.
My integrity and reputation is on the line. I have worked hard to build it up over the last 45 years. I will do my job. I urge all the critics to stop being judgmental and give me the benefit of doubt.
Thank you.
Gari L. Baki, CBE, CStJ, DPS, QPM
Commissioner of Police
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

Minister Called On To Confirm SABL Cancellation

“We congratulate the new ministers on their appointments, but we are urging them to immediately address the SABL issue which has been plaguing our country for far too long”, says Eddie Tanago, campaign co-ordinator for the community advocacy group ACT NOW!

“In March, the Prime Minister publicly declared all SABL are unlawful and their cancellation was publicly confirmed by the Minister for Lands in April. Both men said any leaseholders remaining on SABL land were there illegally.

“However, we are receiving reports from around the country that foreign companies are still occupying SABL land, that logging and oil palm operations are still ongoing and police are intimidating and harassing the lawful landowners.

“We are calling on the new Ministers to confirm all the SABL have been cancelled, all SABL logging operations stopped and all police personnel withdrawn from the SABL areas,” he said.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/ministers-called-confirm-sabl-cancellation/

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