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PM highlights irony of Micah’s Apec snubbing

The National

IT is ironic that Kavieng will host an Apec tourism ministers’ conference next year, and yet Kavieng MP Ben Micah wants to cancel the Apec summit, the prime minister says.
Speaking to supporters at Ela Beach on Tuesday, Micah said he will  cancel the summit if his People’s Progress Party forms the next government after this month’s general election.
“The world is looking at us,” O’Neill told hundreds of people at Cartaret Oval in Kavieng during a campaign rally for People’s National Congress candidate Martin Aini yesterday.
“Your member was in Port Moresby and gathering all kinds of people together (at Ela Beach), and telling them that he will cancel Apec.
“You must know that in Apec 2018, tourism ministers with more than 200 delegates, will be here in Kavieng.
“We try to promote tourism, and here, we will have tourism ministers from 21 of the most-powerful countries in the world here in Kavieng.
“What a great opportunity for you to display the tourism potential of Kavieng and New Ireland.
“But here, we have someone who is painim toktok (looking for something to say).
“Em painim toktok (he is looking for something to say).
“We are talking about the good of the country, where education is going to go, where health is going to go, don’t talk about self-interest and ego.
“Ego never achieves anything, pride never achieves anything – it only causes problems.”
O’Neill said Aini, who was Kveing MP before losing to Micah in the 2012 general election, will be their next representative in Parliament.
“Martin Aini doesn’t have a house in Singapore, Martin Aini doesn’t have a house in Australia, Martin Aini lives in the village,” he said.
“This is the kind of leader that we want.”


Hosting an APEC Meeting is a very Effective way to Promote Tourism & Culture

*** Regional APEC Meetings to Deliver Real Benefits Around the Nation ***

Tourism will generate thousands of jobs in the coming years, and the hosting of APEC events in growing tourism hubs will make an important contribution to this growing sector.

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, was speaking with around two thousand PNC supporters in Kavieng when he assured them that their current local member’s threat to cancel the hosting of APEC next year is just hot air.

He said the election of Martin Aini as the PNC Candidate for Kavieng Open is the only way the district can advance with a dedicated elected leader who is committed to the interests of the district and the country.

“These claims by a single opposition member that he would cancel APEC cannot be taken seriously,” the Prime Minister said.

“I have already had to assure our APEC partner economies that he is just one opposition member from 111 in the Parliament, and has a record for making highly questionable statements just to get attention.

“If you ask almost any other member of the Parliament if they agree with Papua New Guinea hosting APEC in 2018, they would be supportive.

“The Kavieng Member’s threat to cancel APEC has also backfired because it would mean cancelling the APEC Tourism Minister’s meeting, part of which will take place in his district.

“The Member for Kavieng would take APEC away from his own electorate just political mischief.

“His four party members do not support him, and even the Opposition Leader is against such foolish tactics.

“Hosting an APEC meeting is a very effective way to promote tourism and culture in regional centres, as well as encourage skills transfer and local capacity development.”

The Prime Minister said people around the country are tired of candidates who are standing without any clear policies and who just want to run the country down.

“The only people who are knocking the economy are in the opposition.

“They have spent this whole campaign making false claims, talking the economy down, and never offering any real alternatives.

“The current Member for Kavieng has demonstrated that he is not in this election for his people, but for himself.

“That is another reason why the people of Kavieng need to elect an intelligent and balanced leader, and that is what you have in Martin Aini.

“Martin Aini is a leader who will work hard in his electorate and work in the interests of his people and the nation.”

The comments by the current Kavieng Member are at odds with his earlier statements where he embraced advancing national economic development through deepening engagements with APEC.

Prime Minister’s Office PNG June 1, 2017 at 5.41 pm

State Visit will Provide the Basis for Deepening Relations between Papua New Guinea and China

**** China’s President to be Invited for State Visit to Papua New Guinea ****

The President of China, H.E. Xi Jinping, will be invited to attend an Official State visit to Papua New Guinea when he attends the APEC Summit in November 2018.

The matter was raised during a meeting held by Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, with China’s new Ambassador, H.E. Xue Bing, in Port Moresby this week.

The Prime Minister said relations between Papua New Guinea and China are built on strong historical foundations and the State Visit will provide the basis for deepening this engagement.

“President Xi Jinping was one of the first Leaders to accept our invitation to attend the APEC Leaders’ Summit, and now we would like to extend our welcome through a State Visit at the same time.

“This will provide greater opportunity to advance direct bilateral engagement and investment, and for President Xi to see first-hand the development co-operation between our countries.

“China is a foundation customer for Papua New Guinea’s LNG exports, and the volume of trade and commercial relations in other areas continues to grow.

Papua New Guinea also appreciates China’s support in advancing education in our country.

“Our country is committed to a One China Policy, and this provides a basis for the strengthening of engagement and co-operation.”

PM O’Neill said China and Papua New Guinea will further continue working together in other global forums.

“Our countries have shared interests in many of the major challenges facing the world today.

“On climate change, we have a common desire to deal with this problem and co-operate in international forums to bring about global action.

“Papua New Guinea also shares similar views to China in relation to United Nations reform, in that the current UN model must evolve with the needs of the global community.

“The UN must be relevant to all members.”

PM O’Neill said the strengthening of people-to-people engagement is vital to growing the relationship.

“While Papua New Guinea and China formalised bilateral relations in 1976, our two Nations have long historical links through trade.

“For more than 200 years, Chinese people have come to our country and been involved in business.

“In the coming years we will continue to deepen this interaction between our countries with the establishment of direct flights between Port Moresby and Shanghai.

“This increased ease of travel will provide a further gateway to expand business and tourism, and also to establish more student exchanges.”

H.E. Xue Bing, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, has previously served in diplomatic postings in Canada, Australia, Kenya, United States, New Zealand and Fiji.

Queensland Rangers to help Kokoda Track Rangers

BY: Loop Author

Over recent weeks, Kokoda Track Authority (KTA) rangers have hosted rangers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to conduct regeneration and conservation activities at Efogi on the Kokoda Track.

This is the first of a series of projects where Queensland rangers will join with KTA rangers and local communities in a capacity-building arrangement.

Rangers and communities will share and apply knowledge and skills to protect the fabric of this historic place and make the Kokoda Track safer for trekkers and local people who use it every day.

The partnership, which also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the WWII Kokoda Campaign, was signed on March 2, 2017 in Brisbane by Environment Minister John Pundari, Tourism Minister Tobias Kulang and Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles.


At the signing ceremony, Minister Kulang said that Kokoda was a special place to Australia and Papua New Guinea. Minister Pundari said the work would not be easy but would be very rewarding. It has proved to be very rewarding indeed.

QPWS Ranger Dave Fuller said it was an honour to learn local land management techniques from KTA rangers and members of the community directly.

While acknowledging the many challenges, Fuller said it was encouraging to see just how good the track condition was around Efogi.

“It is amazing just how good the track condition is considering the track is greater than 75 years old and hosts thousands of trekkers and porters along it during the wetter part of the year. The erosion levels are similar to what I have experienced in Australia but without the intense use for that time of year.”

QPWS Ranger Carol Kinnaird, who works with Indigenous land managers and rangers in Queensland, said there were many similarities between the way PNG landowners and Indigenous Australians looked after their land sustainably.

“Apart from the very high mountains, the conditions on the Kokoda Track are very similar to the rainforest conditions in North Queensland, and the local traditional landowners in both places have very similar approaches when it comes to looking after their country,” she said.

At a reception to honour the new partnership, Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis said the program represented another brick in the wall of the comprehensive and dynamic relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Kokoda Track Authority CEO James Enage echoed the sentiment, reflecting on the value of the ongoing partnership between Australia and the KTA to work to ensure the Kokoda Track is well managed and safe for trekkers and local communities.

The ranger partnership is part of the Kokoda Initiative, a PNG-led arrangement between both countries to protect the unique natural, cultural and historic values of the Kokoda Track region.


Picture: KTA ranger Donald and QPWS ranger Alex repairing rock steps. Picture by Australian High Commission Public Affairs.

PNG can be a tourism hub

PAPUA New Guinea can be one of the best tourism hubs for the Southwest Pacific region if more emphasis is placed on air and sea routes.

And PNG could earn an estimated K20 billion each year if its travel and tourism industry was given priority.

Philippines under secretary for Transportation Artemio U. Tuazon, Jr and Indonesian officials presenting their country’s reports said they stand ready to assist PNG as one of the members of the Southwest Pacific region.


Mr Tuazon said that travel and tourism industry in his country contributed a total of P1.43 trillion or 10.6 per cent to the Philippines GDP in 2015 (World Travel and Tourism Council).

He said there was an immediate attention to improve market access, connectivity and destination infrastructure improvement and rehabilitation of existing airports, improvement of passenger terminal buildings, expansion of apron and landside areas, construction of new runways, asphalt overlay of runways, improvement of other domestic airports to have night-rated facilities, conversion of domestic airports to international airports, tourism destination areas and provision of new air traffic control equipment to integrate with communication navigation surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system to name a few.

“PNG needs to expand capacity and improve levels of service to international standards, upgrade its cruise tourism ports, construct additional roll-on roll-off ramps, wharf expansion, upgrading of bollards to accommodate big cruise ships,” he said.

“But all these cannot be achieved in a year, you need political leadership, the finance and many negotiations including the effort from responsible stakeholders. But PNG is rich and just needs to prioritise.

“We can help by sharing ideas and of course we can help in other sectors with counterparts,” he said.

Virtual Reality Technology Used to Provide a Look Inside APEC Haus – Legacy of APEC Haus will be a Social Hub for Locals and Tourists

The Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has used the latest in virtual reality computer technology to make a personal inspection of APEC Haus even before construction has began.

Visiting the Conrad Gargett architect’s office in Brisbane today, PM O’Neill used a VR headset that creates a computer-generated building around the user, so that it feels like they are inside the actual building.

The Prime Minister said the use of virtual reality technology provides an opportunity for not only the designers, but also the end-users, to go inside the building to get an accurate perspective on any changes that are required to the construction.

“Using the virtuality reality headset you are able to walk into a computer-generated version of the building that is all around you,” the Prime Minister said

“It is quite life-like and you can see exactly how the rooms and halls will be established, and how much space there is in the building.

“Through this VR equipment, you can tell straight away if changes need to be made.

“This will deliver cost savings because we can make the required changes today, not later when construction is already underway.

“Security officials can also use the VR equipment to plan high-level protection measures that will ensure the safety of Leaders and delegates.

“We would like to see more top-level information technology equipment used in Papua New Guinea as we plan future infrastructure developments around our country.”

Having attended six APEC Leaders’ Meetings, PM O’Neill is in a unique position to understand what is required to ensure the success of the Summit.

“We have to establish meeting spaces so that Leaders can advance the APEC policy agenda at Summit meetings, as well as have bilateral meetings between Leaders.

“The APEC agenda covers major sectors in our economy such as transportation, agriculture and mining, and will deliver real benefits for our people.”

The Prime Minister said construction cost estimates for APEC Haus are being finalised, which is being undertaken through a tax credit program with Oil Search Limited.

“We are building a very functional but unique conference centre, that will be cost-effective to build and will generate revenue after APEC.

“Current expectations are that after APEC, the building will host a museum, some retail space and cafes in addition to an upstairs function and conference space.

“We are already seeing families and joggers use the area around Ela Beach and Paga Hill for recreation.

“When these new developments are complete, we will see this area around APEC Haus becoming a major social hub for local residents and also for the increasing number of tourists who are coming to Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister’s Office PNG March 13, 2017 9.09 am

Papua New Guinea is Honored to Participate in the Promotion of Sustainable Tourism Development

The year 2017 is the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  As a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Papua New Guinea is honored to participate in the promotion of sustainable tourism development through the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority.

Sustainable tourism development lies at the core of PNGTPA’s organizational vision and goals and has formed the basis of its National Tourism Master Plan (2010-2017).

PNGTPA chief executive officer Mr. Jerry Agus said: “PNG is gradually gaining recognition for its unique range of tourism opportunities like cruising, trekking, surfing, bird watching, culture and much more.

As a result, PNGTPA is aware of the harmful impact tourism can have on local communities, especially culture and the environment and is working closely with stakeholders to create processes for sustainable tourism practices and policies.”

The two major sustainable tourism projects that PNGTPA has provided considerable support for are the Surf Management Plan (SMP) and the Integrated Management Product Plans (IMPP).


The Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) initiated the SMP – a unique program that uses a levy system where fees are paid to the community and only a certain number of surfers are allowed to experience the surf site.

In this way, the traditional land and sea custodians, tour operators both gain economically from surf tourism, while the limit on surfer numbers ensure there is minimum impact on the environment.  For the past few years PNGTPA has supported the SAPNG with many of its SMP, surfing and community development projects.

The SMP has proven to be so successful that the idea was adopted by the PNGTPA to create the IMPP –a similar three-fold benefit levy system focusing on other tourism products in the country.  The IMPP project began in Milne Bay combining the PNG adventure tourism products of trekking, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.   In-land, river and coastal communities near and along the Dawadawa River benefit from the tourism activities brought in by tour operators.

PNGTPA will be promoting its sustainable tourism development programs and projects this year drawing inspiration from the UNWTO global campaign of ‘Travel. Enjoy. Respect’ launched in January to usher in 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism Development.

This year in March, the UNWTO secretary general Dr. Taleb Rifai will make his first visit to Papua New Guinea for the annual 11th UNWTO Asia-Pacific Exerutive Training Program on Tourism Policy and Strategy.


SKERAH PNG February 27, 2017

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