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Pukpuks off to Sydney Sevens

By: Troy Taule

The PNG Pukpuks are off to Australia for the HSBC Sydney Sevens.

Speaking before their departure today, coach, Dougie Guise said the team has been in training over the last 18 months.

“Preparations have been really good especially in the last couple of weeks with the inclusion of the boys from the outside provinces.

“We’ve picked up a bit of momentum and all looking forward to the challenge over the next couple of weekends.

He said the team for the Sydney Sevens will be captained by Henry Kalua.

There are 16 countries that will taking part in the tournament. The Pukpuks are in Pool C with South Africa, England and Spain.

Guise ended by thanking sponsors including Air Niugini, Total Waste Management and Melanesian Trustee Services Limited.

The men’s tournament will run from January 26-28.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens will be played live on TVWAN.

 

Source: http://www.looppng.com/sport/pukpuks-sydney-sevens-72586

Boat operators warned

22/12/2017

Transport Secretary Roy Mumu is appealing to boat operators in maritime provinces to heed strong wind warnings that are being issued by the weather office during this festive period.

 

 

He said operators of banana boats should take precaution and refrain from traveling in the open seas during times of strong winds.

 

 

“My transport message is clear, let’s enjoy the festive season,” Mumu said.

 

 

Despite similar appeals being issued year in, year out, reports of missing boats continue in the maritime provinces.

 

The role of search and rescue under the transport sector falls under the National Maritime Safety Authority.

 

CEO of the National Maritime Safety Authority, Paul Unas, said one of its function is to coordinate maritime search and rescue.

 

“We are putting a lot of resources into improving that particular section.

 

“Recently the board has given its approval for NMSA to acquire and procure a search and rescue management capabilities for us to be able to improve our capabilities within that particular unit to respond to search and rescue coordination,” Unas said.

 

Transport Minister Wesley Nukundj said for the people living along the coast, going out to sea is an everyday event for them and the department needs to provide transport that is easily accessible to them.

 

“For me, banana boat is not the way to go. You have one skipper and you see 20 people on the boat and it’s not safe.

 

“Under my leadership, we want to try and phase that out, get a form of transport that is user-friendly.

 

“Banana boat is not safe,” the minister reiterated.

 

Author: Sally Pokiton

Source: Loop PNG.

All-female school team leaves for US

Source: Loop PNG

10/12/2017

An all-female soccer team from three secondary schools in NCD will be sent off on a Sports Visitor Program in the United States.

 

This Sports Visitor Program will be the first-ever for Papua New Guinea that follows the very successful Sports Envoy Program in Basketball, in 2015, and initiated by the US Embassy Port Moresby.

 

The program directly supports Embassy Port Moresby’s mission priorities of empowerment of women and girls, and the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).

 

“The program offers valuable opportunities to promote women’s empowerment and launches a high-level campaign against gender-based violence,” said public affairs officer, Beverly Thacker.

 

 Thacker said the program will also help to elevate women’s soccer through the participation of secondary school female students, and will further highlight the potential of sports to combat gender-based violence through the year-long Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) campaign and SportsUnited’s sports diplomacy programming in the United States.

This program is one part of the United States’ commitment to the trilateral partnership with the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments that began during the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

 

The all-female group comprises nine participants selected from Port Moresby National High, Marianville and Caritas secondary schools.

 

They are:Ginate Mahuru, Joni Babona, Stella Kaugam, Samantha Yuwom, Kuria Gibilen, Carolyn Ruddaka, Manuella Avel, Deborah Tambiol, and Fidelma Miki. They will be accompanied by chaperone Ms. Concepta Wut, a physical education teacher at Marianville Secondary School.

 

The team departs Port Moresby today (December 10) for the 10-day Sports Visitor Program in Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Florida, to participate in workshops on nutrition, gender equity in sport, sport and disability and team-building.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Government to leave for India

Source: Loop PNG

The Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, is set to lead an official PNG delegation fact finding mission to India from December 11-15, 2017.

 

The high profile Government delegation includes senior state ministers in the likes of the Minister for Education, Nick Kuman, Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, Minister for Information, Communication, Technology and Energy, Sam Basil, and Governor for West New Britain, Sasindran Muthuvel.

 

Other senior government officials traveling with the delegation include Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and acting registrar general of the Civil and Identity Registry, Michael Kumung.

 

Reiterating that a key focus of the O’Neill-Abel Government is to grow the economy, Minister Maru said the delegation is going to seek business opportunities and technical assistance from India to support PNG’s development agenda.

 

Minister Maru added that the Government is also working to ensure that support exists for sectors such as energy, information and communication technology (ICT), health, education, law and justice and capacity development.

 

The training of Papua New Guinea’s human resources and development of research capabilities are also critical in this endeavour.

“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and one that has demonstrated success. The PNG delegation mission will look at how best we can replicate and harness some of the positive pathways that India has taken and can offer to PNG,” Minister Maru said.

Author: Press release

Maru Confident Budget Will Sustain Economic Growth

Source: Post – Courier

 

BY GORETHY KENNETH

National Planning Minister Richard Maru is more than convinced that the 2018 Budget will enhance the preconditions for sustainable economic growth in the short to medium term.

Mr Maru said that for the first time in many years, the Government has increased the economic sector funding from 6 percent in 2017 to 15 percent in the 2018.

He said this confirmed to the Alotau Accord 2 to make economic growth the number one priority.

He said the aggregate 2018 Capital Investment Budget is K4,643.92 million. This shows an increase of 15.7 percent compared to the 2017 original budget appropriation. He said the Budget was strategically focused to invest in enhancing the preconditions for economic growth and prosperity, which will build on the remaining few years of O’Neill Government.

“This Government will mobilise necessary resources within the tight fiscal envelope to provide growth conditions to set the pace for future growth and development. The 2018 Capital investment Budget consolidate key interventions that will encourage business activities, generate employment, increase both export and tax revenues, replace import, and broaden and diversify our economic base strengthening renewable sectors and manufacturing.

“The commodity price fluctuations in the global market have had an adverse effect in our economy in the last three years and in my view we as Government have done very little in addressing the declining trend. If the global commodity price remains suppressed over the medium term with no new projects in the mining and petroleum sectors coming on stream over the same period, our country will continue to face fiscal constraints, prolonged current foreign exchange problems, which will affect the Government’s ability to effectively deliver public goods and services to our people.

“The 2018 National Budget provides the appropriate response of this Government to the current domestic and global economic challenges, focusing on the new measures to stimulate the broad-based economic growth while maintaining fiscal and macroeconomic stability.

“To arrest the declining trend in economic growth, some deliberate attempts were made by this Government particularly to ease the current cash-flow problem with the 100 Day Plan and also the proposed Bill on the Public Money Management arrangement. While these revenue raising measures are important, this Government is looking at sustainable growth measures.”

 

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New Infrastructure Projects with China will Change Lives – Direct Investment by China Railway Group in PNG Economy

 

Media Statement via Prime Minister’s Office PNG

Monday, November 20, November 2017

The Government of Papua New Guinea has signed a serious of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of China and the China Railway company that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Highlands.

 

Witnessing the signing of the MOU today in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said the new projects will have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Western Highlands provinces.

 

“These projects will enhance agriculture, roads and water supply in parts of the Highlands will improve lives and help people to be more active in the economy.

 

“China is one of our strongest development partners, and this direct investment is an example of the huge confidence that China and Chinese companies have in Papua New Guinea.

 

“Despite the challenges in the global economy in recent years, the outlook for the Papua New Guinea economy is very positive and we thank our partners for their commitment to our country.

 

“The projects that we initiated today will be delivered in some of the most remote parts of our country where there is a need to improve connectivity and services.

 

“These projects are taking place as part of the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia.

 

“As this initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries.

 

“At the eastern end of the initiative, Papua New Guinea is deriving benefits that will strengthen capacity to trade across borders.”

 

The Prime Minister thanked the President of the China Railway International Group, Mr. Zhang Zongyan, for visiting Papua New Guinea to see for himself where support can be allocated.

 

“I thank the Government of China and the China Railway Company for their ongoing commitment to Papua New Guinea.

 

“The projects we have agreed on today will deliver positive change for people in many towns and villages.

 

“Your support for Papua New Guinea will be remembered long into the future.

 

“I look forward to further discussing these and other initiatives with President Xi Jinping when he arrives in Papua New Guinea for APEC next year.”

 

The three MOU’s signed today are:
– China-PNG Integrated Agriculture Industrial Park;
– The High Priority Economic Roads Project;
– Goroka Town Water Supply Upgrade Project.

 

The signing of MOU’s was witnessed by Prime Minister O’Neill, Works Minister, Michael Nali, and Lands minister, Benny Allen.

 

Photos:PM O’Neill meets with officials from China Railroad Group and Chinese Government before the signing the MOUs.

Qatar’s Broadening Economic Base Offers Opportunities for PNG

 

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has concluded a series of high level meetings with Government Officials in the State of Qatar, from which he anticipates will come greater technical co-operation and investment from a country that has transitioned into the LNG market as is the current experience of Papua New Guinea.

 

Following meetings with Qatar’s Prime Minister, Finance Minister and other senior Government Officials, while on his return from the APEC Summit in Viet Nam, Prime Minister O’Neill said the key outcome of the visit is a further demonstration of the urgent need for Papua New Guinea to properly diversify the Nation’s economic base.

 

“We have been talking about diversifying our economy to maximise gains for some time, and now is the time to act so we can build our key sectors into the future,” the Prime Minister said at the meetings in Doha.

 

“There is great potential for creating thousands of new jobs, establishing new skills and stimulating small business.

 

“From humble beginnings, Qatar has diversified its economic base better than most resource-focused economies around the world.

 

“While oil and gas remain the cornerstone of its economy, Qatar has made inroads into downstream processing and other energy related fields.

 

“Qatar has also leveraged its resources boom to expand the tourism sector, and made substantial investment in agriculture around the world.

 

“The perspective from our engagement in Qatar is clear, that we have to not only get the most from expanding our LNG production, but we have to utilise these gains to diversify production and jobs in our economy.”

 

The Prime Minister said following the visit this week, a delegation from Kumul Consolidated Holdings, as well as other Government agencies and private sector representatives, will meet with officials in Qatar.

 

“The Qatar Prime Minister and I have agreed that we will bring together a joint forum to look at capacity building and investment opportunities between Papua New Guinea and Qatar.

 

“As an emerging economy, Papua New Guinea must take advantage of new opportunities to expand the economy. Importantly we must move beyond the boom-and-bust cycles that comes with dependency on global energy prices.

 

“In doing so we will draw on the experience and capacity building opportunities from countries like Qatar, and our other partners around the world.

 

“I look forward to tangible outcomes from the discussions that have taken place over the past two days, and delivering additional policy initiatives to work with the private sector.

 

“I thank the Prime Minister of Qatar, Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, for his invitation for Papua New Guinea to undertake an Official Visit to his country.”

 

Photo: Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, meeting with Qatar Prime Minister, Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, meeting in Doha on Tuesday.

-Press-

MP subsidises airfares for locals

Source: Loop PNG
 
By: Julianna Waeda
 
 
The Mission Aviation Fellowship was recently boosted with K250,000.
 
Jimi MP, Wake Goi, presented a cheque to MAF during the weekend in Mt Hagen.
 
It was the part payment of a K2 million commitment to subsidise airfares for the people of Jimi within a four-year period.
 
The implementation of the scheme commences on the first week of November and a review would take place after three months’ time.
 
Goi, when presenting the cheque, said the scheme is not restricted to Jimi people. Others who travel to Jimi by MAF crafts can also access it. It is only for those who are travelling to Kol, Ambuluwa, Koninambe and Sendiap airstrips within Jimi only.
 
Furthermore, medical emergency cases would be fully covered by the scheme while other special arrangement travels would only go through him.
 
The part payment of the scheme is from the K2 million DSIP funds from the National Government, revealed Goi.
 
The cheque was given to the company’s administration manager, Eric Eribieng, at the MAF’s Kagamuga hangar on Sunday.
 
Meantime, on behalf of the MAF PNG, Eribieng and Godfrey Sim, the church, community and government partnership manager, thanked the MP for his initiative.
 
They described it as a first-of-its-kind after 65 years of service in PNG.
 
The MAF website states: “In 66 years of operation in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has served hundreds of communities which are isolated by mountains, jungle, rivers and swamps.
 
“Strategically located bases in Rumginae, Wewak, Goroka, Madang and Telefomin are connected by a network of flying routes to MAF’s headquarters in Mt Hagen.”
 
(Famine relief flights reach remote villages in Papua New Guinea – Picture: MAF UK)
 

Works Minister: Opening of Missing Road Links, Government’s Priority

Source: EmTV Online

Tucked under rugged ranges between Gulf and Eastern Highlands is Menyamya, one of the least developed districts in the country.

 

 

However, this under developed district is rich with fertile soil renowned for producing one of the country’s best organic coffee.

 

 

“We produce some the best organic coffee in the country, but we don’t have roads to transport them to nearest markets in Lae or Goroka,” a local said.

 

 

Like many isolated rural communities, road access remains a barrier to development and for Menyamya, it has been a barrier for their economic progress and access to basic services.

 

 

In the last 5 years the O’Neill-led Government has prioritised the opening of missing road links.

 

 

On Tuesday, Works Minister, Michael Nali, told the people of Menyamya that the Government will allocate funding from a K3 billion Asian Development Bank loan in order to open missing links in the district.

 

 

“There are many road links in the district, once we open the trans-highway between Gulf and Morobe, Menyamya will be open to the rest of the country as well,” Minister Nali said.

 

 

The K3 billion funding from ADB will be put to reconstruct the entire Highlands Highway, Nadzab to Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen.

 

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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