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Govt Invites Middle East Investments

The Government has welcomed the United Arab Emirates to be active participants in projects in PNG.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato extended the invitation when arriving in Dubai on Tuesday.

Pato said he would be discussing with UAE what they would like to do in PNG, with particular interest in technology and renewable energy.

“The International Renewable Energy Agency is based in UAE and we are keen for it to assist with a review of our renewable energy options.

“We want to find what would best suit PNG, whether it is one or more of the options such as hydro, solar, biomass, windmills, thermal and waves.

“The expertise that UAE has in desalination and sewage management is also of great interest to PNG.”

 

http://www.looppng.com/business/govt-invites-middle-east-investments-68146

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Justin Tkatchenko Appointed Minister Responsible for APEC as 2018 Host Year Approaches

Approved for Release

19 October 2017

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced that Hon. Justin Tkatchenko BEM OL MP, has been appointed as Minister Responsible for APEC.

PM O’Neill said with less than two months remaining before the start of APEC 2018, it is timely for the Minister to resume the portfolio he held before the National Elections.

Responsibility for APEC will be added to the Minister’s current portfolio of Lands and Physical Planning.

“Minister Tkatchenko has substantial experience in the co-ordination of major events at the ministerial level,” the Prime Minister said.

“As minister he oversaw the successful delivery of the Pacific Games and the Pacific Islands Forum.

“Hosting APEC is of much greater magnitude, and Minister Tkatchenko is well placed to ensure the successful delivery of all of the components that must be delivered for APEC in the coming year.

“Over the past three years Minister Tkatchenko has had a core role in planning for APEC 2018 in Papua New Guinea, and particularly as APEC Minister prior to elections.”

The Prime Minister said the start of Papua New Guinea’s APEC year is only months away and Government preparations continue to increase.

“Beginning with the Informal Senior Officials Meeting in December, the focus of APEC Member Economies, and the regional business community, will be on Papua New Guinea.

“Through the year we will hold a range of technical and Ministerial meetings concluding with the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November 2018.

“In this time there will be substantial attention on the delivery of major projects including the construction of APEC Haus, the Hilton Hotel and the renovation and upgrade of Morauta House and the National Convention Centre.

“In the delivery phase of APEC we will see the ongoing increase in personnel and the training regime for staff who are delivering APEC logistics, security and the policy agenda.

“Papua New Guinea will experience significant gains from hosting APEC that will not only include the promotion of trade, investment and tourism, but in capacity strengthening in economic sectors.

“The APEC policy agenda and technical support covers a wide range of areas critical for development and the creation of more jobs.

“This includes agriculture, forestry, transportation, tourism and resources, that are all essential for future economic growth in the country.”

Basil Thanks Prime Minister O’Neill for his Appointed Ministry

 

Approved for Release

October 18, 2017

Member for Bulolo Hon. Sam Basil today thanked Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill for appointing him as Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy.

“I look forward to serving the people of Papua New Guinea with the government of the day in line with the Alotau Accord II as well as existing PNG Vision 2050, PNG Sustainable Development Plan 2030 and the Medium Term Development Plan,” said Basil.

“I will issue official statements on the way forward in the ministry of communications, information technology and energy after being briefed by relevant government departments and agencies,” he said.

But as an overview, Mr Basil will be looking at responsible, affordable and accessible communications in radio, television and internet including concerted effort to address cyber crime. He also wants to see a sustainable energy policy and regulatory framework to power up industries, urban areas and more importantly rural Papua New Guinea.

“Energy is often the first utility requirement before water and telecommunications so we must get our Energy Policy right,” said Mr Basil.

Mr Basil wants accelerated thinking on energy policy and regulations with a view of establishing an energy policy and regulation authority focusing on energy generation, transmission and distribution making use of our natural resources and spreading the benefits of energy beyond urban areas and industries to all districts.

In Communications, the Minister intends to review the National Broadcasting Commission and provincial radio stations with a view to re-introduce shortwave and medium wave frequencies to improve radio access in remote rural areas as in the early 1980s.

Minister Basil also wants a review of NBC funding, revenue generation and financial management to see that cash flow and its implications on wages is addressed urgently.

The ministry is the first Cabinet portfolio allocated to Pangu Pati since the cross-over of 15 MPs to Government ranks. The package so far includes two vice ministries (education and fisheries); and a number of parliamentary committee chairs including chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Minister Basil Appointed to Drive Technological Advancement in Communications, Information Technology and Energy

Approved for Release: 18 October 2017
Office of the Prime Minister,Papua New Guinea
 
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced a realignment in ministerial portfolio allocations with the appointment of Hon. Sam Basil MP as Minister Responsible for Communications, Information Technology and Energy.
 
The changes in portfolios will strengthen the National Government’s focus on key growth sectors that will have a direct impact on business development and community advancement.
 
“Minister Basil will be responsible for the energy and communications sectors that are crucial for growing a modern economy,” the Prime Minister said.
 
“I have great confidence in the minister’s capacity to meet both the challenges and opportunities that our country faces in these areas.
 
“There are clear synergies between the energy and communications sectors brought about by technological advances that are enabling Papua New Guinea to deliver positive change not only in urban areas, but also in rural and remote areas.
 
“The global energy sector is continually evolving with access to more cost-effective power generation and Papua New Guinea must be at the forefront of harnessing new technologies.
 
“Modern sources of energy production are more efficient and environmentally friendly, reducing the impact on local ecologies and reducing the causes of climate change.
 
“Through embracing renewable technologies, more energy can be harvested locally and does not require the same infrastructure that was needed with traditional energy delivery.
 
“We will continue to advance a balanced approach to energy production and supply, using existing technologies where appropriate and deploying new technology across the country.
 
“Strengthening our energy security and ensuring access to power for our people enables business to expand and helps our communities develop.”
 
PM O’Neill said similar to the energy sector, information technology has seen generational change in the way people communicate.
 
“As a developing country we must step deeper into the digital world and deliver access to better communications for our people.
 
“The Internet, smart phones and more secure platforms for communication are all part of the communications revolution that has been taking place in recent years.
 
“Papua New Guinea has already seen one of the most rapid up-takes of new digital communications in the world and we must increase penetration into remote areas.
 
“Through better communications, people around the country have access to information that changes lives.
 
“Doctors can access the latest techniques to better treat illnesses and injuries, teachers can deliver improved education for their students, and families can stay in touch regardless of distance.
 
“Several years ago APEC committed to achieve village access to the Internet as a baseline and we are working to achieve this goal.
 
“As Minister, Sam Basil will make sure there is increased consultation with our partners and global experts, and work through APEC to improve access to improved technologies that can be implemented at the local level.”
 
The Prime Minister thanked outgoing Communications Minister, Hon. Francis Maneke MP, for his service as Minister and expressed his appreciation to embrace the Cabinet reshuffle.
 
“Ours is a Coalition Government in which we must have representation in the Cabinet for all partners in the Government.
 
“There is a set number of Cabinet positions available, and I thank the Honourable Member, Francis Maneke, for placing the interests of the Government and the Nation above all else.
 
“He is a very capable Member and Minister and has a strong ministerial future in the years ahead.
 
“In our system of Government it is essential that we continue to evolve Cabinet and Ministerial allocations in the interest of ensuring consultation and diversity of representation.
 
“Together, in our Government, across districts and provinces, and agencies and departments, we will work together to deliver positive change for the people of Papua New Guinea.”
 

Petition Filed against Sir Mekere Morauta

Runner-up in the Moresby North-West seat, Lohia Boe Samuel, has filed a petition in the court of Disputed Returns, challenging the win of Sir Mekere Morauta.

The allegations contained in the petition relates to errors and omissions on the part of the PNG Electoral Commission.

The petition went for direction hearing yesterday to assist parties prepare themselves for trial.

Sir Mekere told supporters outside court that the election petitions are processes losing candidates pursue to seek relief and he had nothing to hide.

“It is a process we have to go through to determine if we are properly elected or not,” Sir Mekere said.

He said there is no claim of illegal acts, such as bribery, undue influence, vote rigging and electoral fraud levelled against him in this petition.

 

Roger McKenzie Withdraws his Petition against Governor Robert Agarobe

A petition filed against Central Governor Robert Agarobe has been withdrawn after the petitioner realized his error.

Roger McKenzie, a top ten candidate for Central Regional seat during the recent National Election said, “I have withdrawn the case seeing that the central people would be affected greatly in terms of services delivery.”

Mr McKenzie said after realising the negative outcome of the battle, he did not want to waste more time and resource.

“I apologize to the people of Central Province for causing tension and differences due to the petition,” he said.

Source: P-C Online, October 12, 2017 at 11.00am

Wep Kanawi’s Petition Dismissed

Petition challenging Pomat’s win has been dismissed.

“Work must go ahead in the province regardless of a petition being in court”, says Manus MP and Speaker of Parliament, Job Pomat.

Pomat made these comments on Wednesday after the election petition that was filed against him by Wep Kanawi was withdrawn in the Court of Disputed Returns.

He filed the petition based on the grounds of errors and omissions made during the counting period by the Electoral Commission.

The matter went to court on Wednesday for pre-trial conference, to check compliance to directions that were issued on September 20.

However lawyer for the petitioner, Kanawi, asked the court to withdraw the proceeding.

Leave was granted by Justice Collin Makail and orders were issued for the K5,000 security bond fee to be paid as legal cost in the proceeding for Pomat and the Electoral Commission.

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