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Deal made for fishing businesses to recieve loans

By MARK HAIHUIE 


THE National Fisheries Authority has paid K1 million to the Peoples Microbank Limited as part of an arrangement to provide a loan facility to fishing businesses.

 
Bank’s head of credit Danny Koka said it was an installment of the K5 million agreed to in 2014.

 
Koka said the agreement with NFA since 2014 was the commitment of K5 million which would be used as a revolving fund for fisheries business loans.

 
“So far they have given usK3 million and from that we have already lent out K4.2 million to customers,” he said.

 
“The maximum we disperse is K25,000 for fisheries-based business such as to those who want to buy dinghies for their businesses or equipment for fishing and across a range of needs.

 
“This next installment will go a long way in supporting the success we have had with the loans from this arrangement.”

 
NFA provincial support and industry development executive manager Welete Wararu said similar arrangements were in place with other organisations.

 
She said it was important to have timely reporting on funds used to enable funding from NFA.

 
“We are not in the banking business but rather come in with funding to create an enabling environment for fisheries businesses to get funding with ease,” she said.

 
“It is important for us at NFA to have reports on the funds so that funds committed through our agreements either for PML or others to be given early so that we can maintain the support for those in the fisheries sector by getting the funding.”

Water project to benefit villagers

The Papa Lealea village situated a few kilometers from the PNG LNG site after two decades will finally receive a long awaited basic service of water supply.

 

The water supply, an Initiative of the provincial government will be implemented later today.

 

This follows the ground breaking ceremony in March this year.

 

Present at the launching ceremony will be dignitaries, including Member for Kairuku Hiri, Peter Iso Aimo, and representatives from the Governor’s office and Water PNG, including CEO and Managing Director, Raka Taviri.

 

Taviri said water supply is a most important basic need.

 

He also highlighted some of statistics including the effect of climate change and its impact.

 

For the launch, initially the water supply will be free for 17 days after which charges will apply.

 

An agreement is also anticipated to be signed between the government and Water PNG.

 

Council members from both Papa and Lelea acknowledged the initiative and said it was a burden loosened up for the villagers.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Source: Loop PNG.

K1m boat for B’ville islanders

22/12/ 2017
 Source: Loop PNG

Christmas has come early for the coastal people of Torokina and South Bougainville as they received a boat worth K1 million.

 

 

The boat will make access easier for transporting goods and produce like cocoa and copra between Torokina, South Bougainville and Buka town.

 

The people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), even after 20 years after one of the bloodiest civil wars known in the history of Papua New Guinea, are still picking up rather slowly on the normalcy known throughout the country – like the tradition of celebrating Christmas.

 

Around 20,000 lives were lost, millions of kina worth of properties destroyed and hundreds of millions of kina in revenue lost as a result of the forced closure of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine.

 

The presentation of the boat is worth celebrating as this is a major burden lifted off for these people who use the Buka passage on a daily basis.

 

 

The other side of the Island, where the main local industry and business operations are often carried out, is only accessible by boat or ferry. This often requires at least a 10-minute cross over from Mainland Buka, from Kokapau.

 

In attendance for the presentation was AROB president John Momis, including other members of the Bougainville Provincial Government.

 

 

During a short speech, president Momis described Bougainvilleans as “proud people who can make a contribution to liberate them from any form of bondage”.

 

The vessel was purchased by South Bougainville Member Timothy Masiu using his electorate’s district services improvement program (DSIP) funds.

 

The boat was bought from businessman Sam Tasion and christened MV Sandyrose Toroka.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Governor General Thanks Media

 

04:00 PM


BY ROBINSON LEKA

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae recently delivered his seasonal greetings to members of the media, the government and the people of Papua New Guinea.

 

Sir Bob who will be celebrating his first Christmas as the Vice-Regal thanked the media for playing their part in covering important issues in the country throughout this year.

 

Sir Bob acknowledged the partnership between the media and the Government House this year and was hopeful that this partnership would flourish next year.

 

“You have delivered to the nation, through what happens here at the Government House throughout the year.

 

“I want to thank all of you, the role you have and the work that you play,” said Sir Bob.

 

O’Neill positive for this season

Source: Loop PNG

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, wishes all Papua New Guineans a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

 

“And hopefully everyone has a very safe new year and I want to stress do it in a very orderly manner.

 

“We want to see you next year; we hear a lot of accidents happen during Christmas and New Year.

 

He gave an overview of the country thus far stating some of the challenges his government has faced against these backdrops.

 

“ In 2014, 15 we had a long eight months of drought, we’ve created a lot of stress in our business community and of course our own people.

 

“ In 2015 and 2016 we had a collapse in the commodity prices, things like the oil prices collapse from 110 dollars per barrel again causing a lot of stress and challenges.

 

“ This year we also had prolonged elections which again caused a lot of challenges.

 

“ I know we are coming off these challenges and I am looking forward to 2018 because I think we have turned the corner.

 

“And I have a strong feeling that when global economic prices are improving PNG will do better.

 

“That is why I’m hoping families can truly celebrate Christmas in the spirit of hope and prosperity.

 

Author: Meredith Kuusa

New LLG to be announced

20/12/2017

A new LLG will officially be announced today around 3pm at the Konebada resort in Boera, Central province.

 

This new LLG will ensure that the Hiri LLG is halved, that is Hiri LLG and the new Vanapa_Brown LLG.

 

This move is in support of leaders of Kairuku Hiri efforts to separate Kairuku and Hiri  with reasons including;

 

*Overly populated

*Geographical status of Hiri and Kairuku

*Funding lacking

*lack of development

 

The move to have a new LLG will ensure that the move to separate Kairuku and Hiri will be fast tracked.

 

This was also supported by Hiri LLG president, Haoda Rogea, who noted that to have a district, the concerned area must have at least more than three LLG’s.

Author: Imelda Wavik

Each of 6000 wards to get K10,000

THE Government has allocated K60 million in the 2018 national Budget for developments in wards.

 
Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs Secretary Dickson Guina said K10,000 was allocated to each of the 6000 wards for development projects.

 
“The only way for the country to be developed is for development to take place at the village level,” he said.

 
Guina said during the launching of the department’s 2018-2022 corporate plan in Port Moresby that the government had made the right decision to allocate the funding.

 
“Unless we change our villages, we will never change this country. This is what this department is doing,” he said.

 
Guina said the government policies had changed to focus on the districts.

 
Meanwhile, Inter-Governmental Relations Minister Kevin Isifu has thanked the Australian government for supporting the preparation of the plan.

 
“I expect the other government agencies to implement this plan. Let us now change to frontline services delivery. We must see development in our villages,” he said.

Source: The National

Team to be set up for NHC asset recovery

A NATIONAL Housing Corporation (NHC) asset recovery team will be set up next year to restore integrity in the corporation, says Minister for Housing and Urbanisation John Kaupa, pictured.

 
The team will comprise officers from police, the auditor-general, attorney-general, state solicitor, Lands and Physical Planning Department, Office of Urbanisation, Finance Department and other private professionals to identity assets that belong to the corporation.

 
“The Housing Corporation has been run as privately owned by some group of people,” Kaupa said.

 
He said the NHC had been facing issues of restrictive policy framework, political interference and poor management.

 
Its survival is not dependent on revenue generation and rentals or creation of new properties.

 
“It was largely depended on the exciting property sales, without the expansion of the asset profile,” Kaupa said.

 
He said currently the NHC was not in a position to account for all its assets.

 
“There is a need to change the structure and we must also take stock of all the titles and all the properties owned by Housing Corporation and incorporate them so that we must have a register to maintain and see what properties we own.”

 
Kaupa said over the years, the drive to account for all assets had been attended but was incomplete.

 
“At this stage, the properties are everywhere with 4000 titles. Are these 4000 titles still there or moved to other titles? We do not know,” he said.

Source: The National

Remote Rigo Village Gets Water Project

For The First Time In 42 Years And 10 Successive Parliamentary Administrations, The People Of Konakou Village In The Rigo District Of Central Province Finally Have Improved Access To Fresh, Potable Water.

 

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

For the first time in 42 years and 10 successive parliamentary administrations, the people of Konakou village in the Rigo district of Central Province finally have improved access to fresh, potable water.

Unfortunately, the plight of Konakou villagers over the past decades is typical of many isolated rural villages in a majority of the 6, 000 wards throughout PNG.

With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.156, PNG currently ranks 154 out of a total of 188 countries on the global Human Development Indices.

PNG is one of only two countries in the South Pacific region who place among the 50 lowest HDI rankings in the world (including Solomon Islands, which ranks 156 with a HDI of 0.515).

Department of Provincial and Local Level Governments (DPLLG) secretary, Dickson Guina, during the launching of the Konakou village gravity feed water project, urged for a more dynamic and collaborative drive towards improving PNGs human development indicators.

“I want to encourage our national departments, especially national planning, that this is the program where we can make a change, because it is touching the lives of the people. We have 324 LLGs in this country and more than 6, 000 wards. We also have 89 districts and 22 provinces, but if we can change these 6, 000 wards, we can change this country,” said Mr Guina.

“Unless we change our villages in Papua New Guinea, we can never change this country. All the indicators of the government, the World Bank and the United Nations are measured according to how our people live in their communities. If we don’t have better water, health and education systems, our indicators will be low.”

The HDI is a summary measure for assessing progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) human development report 2016, PNGs HDI value saw a 43.4 per cent increase between 1990 and 2015 from 0.360 to 0.516.

During this period PNGs life expectancy at birth increased by 7.2 years to 62.8, mean years of schooling increased by 2.0 years to 4.3 and expected years of schooling increased by 5.2 years to 9.9.

PNG’s Gross National Income per capita also increased by about 76.3 per cent to US$2.712 billion between 1990 and 2015.

Yet despite the successes of the past 25 years, a majority of the 85 percent of PNGs total population who live in rural areas, still do not have access to adequate government services.

Cleaning, maintenance work begins at Jomba cells

Source: The National

By DOROTHY MARK 


Cleaning and maintenance work at the Jomba police cells began over the weekend following a National Court order for work to be done immediately.
Judge David Cannings issued an order for the provincial government to make available K50,000 of which K25,000 was to be paid to the contractor that built a new female and juvenile cell block as part payment.
Another K25,000 was to be paid to police for the clean-up and maintenance of the current cell block.
Madang acting police commander Senior Inspector Jacob Bando said the contractor had gave him keys to the new cells which were available for use.
Bando said Madang administrator Daniel Aloi had arranged a contractor for the clean-up and maintenance of the old cell block.
Cannings said the cell was unfit for human occupation.
The clean-up came after he ordered for 36 detainees to be released on human rights grounds.
Cannings’ orders followed the filing of a report by national court officials about the cell conditions and over crowdedness.

 

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