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Hand over management to Water PNG: Maru

The Eastern Highlands Governor has been asked to talk to the Goroka Town Council to relinquish the management of water supply to Water PNG.

 

Planning Minister Richard Maru gave the task to Peter Numu after responding to his questions in Parliament yesterday.

 

Maru pointed out that the current concern of the government in regards to the issue with the Goroka water system is in light of APEC meets earmarked for the Eastern Highlands provincial town.

 

He said Goroka is the only town in the country that has its water supply controlled by the town council.

 

“I have written to the Governor to convince the town council and hand over the management of the water supply to Water PNG,” stated Maru.

 

He said the Government wanted the town’s safety and hygiene to be of World Health Organization standard.

 

“Safety and hygiene are very vital as we are preparing to host an APEC meeting in Goroka.”

Author: Freddy Mou via Loop PNG

‘Port Moresby To Be Transformed’

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY GORETHY KENNETH

Port Moresby will be transformed to world standard as months draw near for Papua New Guinea to host one of the biggest meeting ever – the 2018 APEC Summit next November.

APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and APEC PNG director general Sir Charles Lepani said in a conference yesterday that compared to Vietnam and other economies that hosted APEC already, PNG, which is APEC-ready, has very unique infrastructure specifically the APEC House that stands out, with all preparation now two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

Mr Tkatchenko and Sir Charles said yesterday that everything is now falling in line and have assured that the Government is ready to host this meeting come November next year.

They spoke about visa arrangements, airport arrangements, security arrangements, accommodation and every other operation that are vital for the summit.

“Logistic, protocol, security and every other preparation is now under control,” Mr Tkatchenko said.

“I can give confidence to the people of Papua New Guinea that your government through our Prime Minister will be prepared APEC ready in 2018 and with all the lead-up meetings to host the very successful APEC CEO and Leaders Summit and sideline meetings throughout the country.”

 

 

‘Exercise Pukpuk’ a step towards 2018 APEC

The recently-completed Exercise Pukpuk is just one piece of the whole preparation of the 1RPIR to support the PNGDF and the Government deliver security to APEC 2018.

 

 

This was highlighted by the Commanding Officer for the 1RPIR, Lt. Colonel Boniface Aruma, who told media that the battalion will be the main joint task force group that will provide security for APEC.

 

 

Aruma says his troops have already embarked on conventional operations training, which commenced last month and will finish on the 15th of December.

 

 

“The personnel are out on field going through conventional operations which is the basic fundamental of war fighting.

 

 

“It’s living in the jungle, operating in the jungle and fighting the war in the jungle,” he says.

 

 

“If they know the basic fundamentals and are very competent in their profession on how to live and fight the war in the jungle then that sets the conditions for them and makes it easy for our soldiers to transition into conducting security operations inside towns and cities.”

 

 

Aruma says for the troops to be effective and efficient in their tasks, they need to go through the fundamentals first.

 

 

“Each infantry soldier in the battalion is required to complete a combat fitness which is a 25km march that you need to complete in 6 hours with a minimum of 30 to 40kg pack.

 

 

“Those are steps that we have taken as a unit to really solidify the conventional skills of fighting the war in the jungle.”

 

 

The troops have been out on training for the past two weeks with initial foundations training in Taurama then onto Goldie then finishing off with the 25km pack march.

 

 

Meanwhile, following the wrap up of the conventional operations training yesterday, Aruma says the troops will go for a brief break then onto urban operations training, which will start in January 2018.

Author:

Julianna Waeda

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.”

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”.