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

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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.”


Traditional Carvings Removed from Parliament to be Returned

The traditional carvings removed from the Parliament House in 2013, will be restored, and returned.

Speaker of Parliament and Manus MP, Job Pomat, said the Court has ruled for the return of the totems and masks.

Currently the carvings are being kept at the National Museum and Art Gallery. Mr. Pomat told EMTV News that the Court decision must be followed, despite much criticism and discussion surrounding the issue.

The totem and carvings were removed by former Speaker, Theo Zurenuoc in 2013.

However, former East Sepik Governor, Sir Michael Somare, challenged the matter in Court. In May 2016, the matter was pushed to the Supreme Court, but was dismissed.

The Speaker said the House will liaise with the National Museum and Art Gallery, to have the carvings returned. The Speaker is also concerned with the amount of money used in the exercise between 2013 and 2016.

He said an inquiry will be established before a report is tabled.

And, with the totems issue being close to settlement, there is still the question about the Unity Pillar.

Speaker Pomat said the structure’s status in the house will also need to be discussed.

Source:  Jack Lapauve Jnr – EMTV Online

Bilum Industry Weaves Own Market


The Papua New Guinea bilum industry wants the government to set up proper markets for the majority of female vendors to sell their products.

Florence Jaukae Kamel, managing director and principal artist of the Jaukae Bilum Products and founder of Goroka Bilum Weavers Co-operative and Goroka Bilum Festival, said this.

When speaking at the recent Bilum Fashion Show, Ms Jaukae said the Jaukae Bilum Products and Cooperative have been supporting the 80 per cent of rural mothers in the Highlands region and country for the past 15 years to help generate income to sustain their families.

“This will be my ninth year in the bilum fashion show business apart from taking part in overseas festivals and shows, which have been very life-changing experiences for me and other PNG mothers,” Ms Jaukae said.

She said bilums have been transformed from traditional baby carriers to a modern concept of weaving and designing to suit the international standards and markets.

She said the bilum has featured in poems, legends, and history; it has been displayed as traditional twines and as dyed bilum wear in clothing contests and as carrier bags competitions. The latest appearance was at the “Lord of the Ring Dress” fashion show.

“This dress featured on the runway in New York and in Sydney,” Ms Jaukae said, adding that the show captured the global attention of fashion designers that gave them an opportunity to see and experience the hidden talents of bilum makers and different patterns found in PNG; but uniquely, the Jaukae bilum dresses were on display.

She said the fashion show and the festival are expected to attract more people and tourists, who are flocking into Goroka for the annual Goroka Show. There was now a demand for a proper market avenue.

“I am calling on the government to see what I am doing and establish a PNG bilum industry and create a central market venue for PNG women to showcase, display and sell their products.

“We are also looking forward to the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby next November – there is an opportunity for the growth of the PNG bilum industry,” Ms Jaukae said.

This year’s Bilum Fashion Show was sponsored by the Pacific Trade Invest Australia.

APEC To Open Doors For PNG Bilum Industry

September 26, 2017.

BY JERRY SEFE of Post – Courier 

Photo Courtesy of Alamy Stock Photo



Since Papua New Guinea’s APEC 2018 Coordination is on track to deliver its target outline, businesses are also preparing to gain direct benefits and long term business opportunities from the event.



Unlike other business organizations in the country the PNG Jaukae Bilum Products and Goroka Bilum Cooperative are calling on the national government to make the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)  leaders summit an avenue to recognize and establish a Bilum Industry in the country.



The call was made by Florence Jaukae Kamel, Managing Director and Principal Artist of the Jaukae Bilum Products and Founder of Goroka Bilum Weavers Cooperative and Goroka Bilum Festival.



Kamel said Papua New Guinea Bilum Industry is one of the least growing industries that require government attention to establish proper market venues for the 80 percent of PNG women who sell their products.



“I believe the APEC will open doors for us and the government to recognize what we are doing as a way forward in creating more employment opportunities, improve living standards and ultimately alleviate poverty in PNG communities” Kamel said.



She said APEC will highlight a variety of opportunities that the business sector can adapt to capitalize on and Bilum which is one of the country’s very own pride and product must be given an opportunity.



Kamel said she was also advised that the direct benefits for businesses in PNG will go to the private sector according to the APEC committees and either way a Bilum Industry must be established.



“We have done our best by showcasing PNG bilums in a variety of products that have captured global attention while traveling the world and it is time our government make a stand with us” she said.



“Businesses throughout the country can expect to find a wide range of opportunities in the lead-up to APE leaders’ summit over the years and it is a must that the country has its very own bilum industry by then”.



“The Industry once established will be generating revenue for the country while changing the phase of local bilum and fashion designers to join the industry and help grow with the outside business-world”.

​World Class Standard For National Institution

​Carolyn Ure

Plans to refurbish the National Museum and Art Gallery to world class standard in preparation for APEC 2018 are now underway.

The Museum has been working closely with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the PNG Governance Facility to activate part of the Museum’s master plan to cater for APEC.

The National Museum and Art Gallery is one of the few precincts in Port Moresby identified by the APEC Secretariat in 2015 to host the spouses of APEC Leaders.

Newly appointed Minster for Culture & Tourism, Emil Tammur, during his visit to the Museum yesterday morning guaranteed the Ministry’s support towards the plans and programs to improve and enhance the physical environment, accessibility, wider public engagement and profile of the cultural institution.

“The opportunity now is for NMAG to rise to the challenge, and being the premier cultural institution in the country, partner with the government to present to our international friends and visitors alike the rich diversity of our cultural and historical heritage of which memories of these are captured by the material culture repertoire represented by our National Collections here at the NMAG,” said Minister Tammur.

The refurbishment will see the interior and exterior revamped, beautification and landscaping of the surrounding and car park area.

Scoping of the project has already been completed with work expected to commence soon.

Once completed, the Museum will host a bilum exhibition for APEC.

The refurbishment has been made possible by the Australian government through the $25 million grant extended to NMAG for the implementation of its master plan.

DWU cultural day, extravaganza for Madang

BY ELLIOT DAWEA (DWU journalism Student)

The Divine Word University (DWU) annual Cultural Day at the Madang campus once again attracted a large crowd last Saturday at the DWU Madang campus.

Students from 22 provinces in Papua New Guinea performed on the day. Many students had their parents, guardians and extended relatives on campus to assist them with the preparations and performances as well.

The cultural day performance was preceded by a parade of costumes and dances by representatives of each group at the SVD Memorial Auditorium on Friday.

The neighbouring Solomon Islands also perform in this year’s cultural show. The audience dancing to the tune of international flavour, traditional attire, singing and dancing coming

Living up to the university’s slogan “Valuing our Culture and Heritage through Collaboration”, students from various provinces in PNG put on a lively display of their cultural heritage through their bilas (traditional regalia), dancing and singing at the Madang campus.

Many visitors, both local and international, were present for taking photographs or filming the dances and body decorations while some posed with the participants for that memorable photo opportunity.

The Cultural Day is a calendar event of DWU where the university encourages its students to value their indigenous cultural heritage. The event provides an avenue for students to come together to share the different cultures through songs, dances and enacted ceremonies.

The cultural celebration took place a day after DWU marks its 19th Foundation Day which commemorates the Papua New Guinea government’s declaration of the former Divine Word Institute (DWI) as a University on 21st August, 1996.

The 2017 event was organised and run by students with the support of the university administration.

Member of Parliament for Madang Open Bryan Krema was present at the show.

Photo credit: KEVIN PAMBA –

Tammur To Introduce New Culture

Cedric Patjole

Minister for Tourism, Emil Tammur, says he will be bringing a ‘result oriented’ culture to the three agencies under his portfolio.

With years of experience in the private sector, Tammur said he will instill timeliness and constant reporting to ensure government priorities are implemented.

Tammur said this when speaking during a hand-over, take-over ceremony hosted on Wednesday by the Tourism Authority Promotion (TPA) to welcome Tammur and farewell former Minister, Tobias Kulang.

He said a briefing will be held immediately where a review of policy and operational manuals will be done.

The three agencies under the Ministry include TPA, the National Cultural Commission (NCC) and the National Museum and Art Gallery.

Tammur also commended Kulang on a brief yet effectible stint.

Meanwhile, Kulang told Tammur that tourism had long been forgotten but now, with the downturn in commodity prices, the government is shifting its focus to broaden its revenue base by investing in tourism.

He said tourism had the potential to generate between 10 and 20 percent of total revenue for the country.

Currently, he says it sits at just above 1 percent.

Kulang urged Tammur to also pay special attention to the NCC and the National Museum and Art Gallery, which for years had been overlooked.

Photo credit : Loop PNG

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