Category Archives: Port Moresby Developments

APEC Meet To Boost Local Businesses

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY MATTHEW VARI

The APEC summit this year is expected to boost the country’s economy through direct spending anticipated at K200 million by more than 15,000 international delegates.

 
This is according to APEC PNG 2018 Co-ordination Authority CEO, Christopher Hawkins on the gain for local businesses during the summit this year.

 
“There is a few different areas for business, one is throughout the year with more than fifteen to eighteen thousand delegates coming, and that is not just the people attending the meetings, but those who arrange for their delegations and ministers and leaders, we estimate there will be a cash injection of around K200 million straight through that,” Mr Hawkins said.

 
He said the estimate covers airfares, accommodation, setting-up temporary offices for delegates to support their ministers, presidents and prime ministers.

 
Mr Hawkins said the spending indicated in the 2018 Budget appropriation of K300 million will also be spent in the local economy, with a major portion also focused on security preparations for that budget.

 
“Then there is the direct spending. We break that into consumables for the meetings that includes booking venues for meetings, the papers used to the signage to bottle of water to the transportation around the city.

 
“That comes out of the APEC budget this year, but don’t forget the big part of the APEC budget is security. That is investing in capacity we should have been advancing many years ago and now our government is in preparation for APEC investing in that capacity.”

 
Mr Hawkins said progress into the year will see more and more tender opportunities posted on the APEC tenders website.

 
“Areas like production of shirts hospitality and catering. We engaged a lot last year that went up on the APEC tenders website.”

Project completion set for August

 
BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
 
The new-look K70 million Butuka Secondary School on the Sabama-Pari Road in Moresby South will be completed before August.
 
This was the assurance given by contractor China Construction Steel Structure Corporation Ltd to Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko who visited the school yesterday afternoon.
 
In 77 days, signs are emerging of all structural posts going up for the classrooms, multi-purpose hall and 12 new teachers’ apartments.
 
“They have done well and for it to be done in 77 days should be applauded, when we walked in for the first time, the school buildings were old and falling apart.
 
“Look at what the children of Moresby South will be getting this year?” Mr Tkatchenko said.
 
“A new state-of-the-art school which we will not have to pay for anything, and I want to make that clear that the school is a gift from the city of Shenzhen in China to NCD, I am lucky they selected my electorate for the school.”
 
The school will feature 10 elementary classrooms, a two-storey 26 classrooms for the primary school students and a two-storey 16 classrooms for the secondary
school students.
 
The project comes with a multipurpose 1000-seat hall which could be used as an auditorium, courts or for other
activities.
 
Also included are a standard rugby field, two basketball courts, and two volleyball courts.
Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/project-completion-set-august/

Central Command Launch Christmas And New Year Police Operations

 


BY LYNETTE KIL 

 

NCD – Central Command has launched its Christmas and New Year operation yesterday at the Jack Pidik Oval at five mile with the intention to ensure a safe and peaceful Christmas and new year celebration.

 

Assistant commissioner of police Chief Superintendent David Yamasombi remind the police officers to stand on the oath  they made in providing protection and safety for the public.

Source: Post-Courier

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

NCD police set out to regain public trust

12/16/2017

A number of changes have been made so far since the new National Capital District metropolitan superintendent had taken office.

The NCD police are looking and working to regain public confidence in policing services in Port Moresby.

 

Recent meets with the NCD senior police officers saw the NCD Police Boss, Perou N’Dranou, stress on the implementing strategies to win back the trust and confidence of the general public.

 

This includes activities that will help improve the work of police and involve local communities to help police fight and reduce the crime rate in the city.

 

Some of those changes include the disbanding of the NCD Beat and support units, the banning of field uniforms and the establishment of a taskforce unit as per the NCD structure.

 

“Currently, the candidates are undergoing a selection process,” says N’Dranou.

 

Other changes include the implementation of drunk patrol operations during the weekends, the deployment of units for foot patrols at high risk areas, weekly parades at police stations as well as unannounced police station inspections at irregular hours.

 

N’Dranou said this is just the start of what is to come for better policing services for the people of NCD.

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Annette Kora

 

Boroko Market Safer Than Gordon

Central Vendors At The New Boroko Market Only Have Words Of Praise For The Security Personnel Who Have Been Doing A Tremendous Job Keeping The Vendors Safe Inside And Outside The Vicinity Of The Market.

 

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BY YOMBI KEP 

 

Central vendors at the new Boroko market only have words of praise for the security personnel who have been doing a tremendous job keeping the vendors safe inside and outside the vicinity of the market.

 

“Boroko Market is the best, security wise,” said a spokesperson of the Central Market Vendors during a Wholesale Vendors in NCD and Central Province consultative meeting with NCDC to discuss relevant issues.

 

“We were victims at Gordon market, our female folks were the  main victims but here they can trade without fear.”

 

The infamous Gordon market which is known for the notorious activities from bag snatching to hold ups was closed for renovation forcing vendors, including the Central Vendors who bring bags of fresh food to sell to the retailers to be relocated with other vendors to the Boroko market.

 

Meanwhile, Fletcher Morobe has been engaged as the design and build contractor of the project which will see the construction of a two-storey structure to cater for more than 1500 registered vendors. The K30 million redevelopment will also include cafes and kiosks, spacious parking area, food court, play ground, a space for informal vendors, landscaping of and a one-way traffic system.

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New TB facility to offer same day treatment

 

 

Port Moresby General Hospital has opened new standalone tuberculosis (TB) clinic and pathology laboratory.

TB patients could now get treatment after laboratory test and X-ray results are done on the same day at the new facilities at Port Moresby General Hospital.

Hospital chief executive officer Dr Umesh Gupta officially named the clinic after Dr Joseph Bana-Koiri yesterday, saying the new TB clinic would be able to conduct X-rays and sputum examinations of adult and child TB patients daily.

“Our aim is to be able to start treatment of TB patients within four hours of presentation to the TB clinic, certainly before he or she leaves the premises,” Dr Gupta said.

He said the relocation of the facility was urgently required because the present clinic posed risk of spreading TB to other patients and staff in the present clinic, X-rays were done twice a week and that again posed risks to staff and other patients, he added.

“The new facility would encourage more adult and children if they have experience common symptoms like coughing for two weeks, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight loss can visit the clinic and be treated on the spot,” Dr Gupta said.

He said the new facility will support programs such as the introduction of the new child-friendly TB medication and will also support the concept of screening and treating of the family as a whole on the country.

Source: Post-Courier

Pom Gen to receive K100 million

THE Port Moresby General Hospital will receive K100 million of the K1.5 billion health sector allocation in the 2018 national budget, Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu says.
Sir Puka said they had been allocated 100 per cent funding but the challenge was how to implement the budget.
“I’ve been in this hospital most of my life and I’ve seen transformation under the new board. The highest institution in healthcare is the hospital,” he said.
“This is to bring the private sector skill, experience and acumen into the public sector. The things they lack are because of the Budget issues.
“I was health secretary before and I would beg the government to fund our health plan below 60 per cent. It’s now 100 per cent funding.”
Sir Puka said the key word was partnership and he urged the communities to help the management of the hospitals by doing their part.
“Don’t throw rubbish everywhere. Listen to security guards,” he said.
“Visit patients on time with one guardian. Doctor-patient relationship must be improved. Prescription practices must be good and patients must complete their doses to avoid drug resistance.”

Source: The National

Fire Service thanks Government for K18mil allocation

THE PNG Fire Service has thanked the Government for the K18 million allocated in the 2018 Budget.
PNG Fire Service chief Bill Roo said the fire authority was happy, and would upgrade its existing fire stations and build new ones.
Roo said over the years, the fire service managed to use whatever funding it was allocated and continued to provide its services.
“Even if we get a cut or an increase, we use whatever is given,” Roo said.
“This year, we have received an increase and we thank the Government for the support.”
Roo said they were willing to work with provincial governments to establish fire services in the provinces.
“We are also looking at building our capacity, get new fire trucks and fix the old ones,” Roo said.
He said the fire service had 14 stations – four in the National Capital District and 10 in other provinces.
“We are looking at upgrading these existing ones and also build fire stations for the other 12 provinces,” Roo said.
“Fire service is essential and we are looking at improving our service delivery.”
Roo said they were also up-skilling officers and upgrading fire service equipment in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year.
The fire service will be celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow at the Port Moresby Fire Station – the first fire station in the country.

Agriculture helping grow PNG relations with Israel

December 6, 2017

Source: The NationalNational

PAPUA New Guinea recognises Israel’s assistance and support, notably in agriculture, Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae says.
He said that came through the Innovative Agro Industry Ltd (IAI), an affiliate of the Israeli LR Group of Companies, a leading project development company.
Sir Bob spoke as he welcomed Israeli Ambassador to PNG Tibor Shalve Schlosser.
“We are indeed very grateful to receive you and look forward to enhancing and furthering the already good bilateral and friendly relations that exist between Papua New Guinea and Israel for so many years,” he said.
“Let’s assure you that the Government of Papua New Guinea stands ready to accord you the necessary support and assistance you may require during your tour of duty in promoting and advancing the PNG-Israel relations for the mutual benefit of our two countries and people.
“I hope that you will find your tour of duty to Papua New Guinea personally rewarding and fulfilling.”

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