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Media Release: October 28, 2017

Office of the Prime Minister Papua New Guinea

The Government is creating a more business-friendly environment for foreign investment, and public sector reform is essential for increasing efficiencies.

This was the assurance provided by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, when addressing the Australia – Papua New Guinea Business Council in Sydney today.

“Australia is our largest investment partner, and we want to increase business opportunities,” the Prime Minister said to the packed forum.

“We want Australian business to expand investment into Papua New Guinea, particularly into non-traditional areas that are outside the resources sector.

“There are great opportunities in tourism, agriculture and the small to medium manufacturing sector.

Australian companies have technical capacity that will build our key sectors, and from their investment will have a sound return on investment.”

The Prime Minister said the 2018 Budget will soon be presented to Parliament, and it will again be a budget that encourages business and creates jobs.

“In a few weeks time we will present the 2018 budget and there will be no big surprises.

“Our aim is to maintain stability.

“We have a long-term plan to reduce our deficit levels while maintaining health growth in the economy, and maintain stability around inflation and interest rates.

“These priorities are the determinants in framing the 2018 budget.”

PM O’Neill said one of the most important reforms underway in Papua New Guinea is the creating of a more efficient and business-friendly public service.

“An important priority for our Government is addressing the size of the public sector and to make it more efficient and business-friendly.

“We are going to streamline agencies that are not functioning efficiently, and introduce reforms that will raise their service delivery to the expectations of our people and business community.

“We will reform the entire system, and enabling the private sector to be more engaged in non-core functions.

“The country is changing, with more graduates entering the employment market and there is more competition for jobs, particularly in the public sector.

“We cannot be complacent when it comes to the demands of a growing population and expanding business sector.

“Over the coming year and beyond that you will see a huge reduction in the cost of running the cost of the public service.

“This will be accompanied by a more responsive approach in the public service for our people and business community.

“We are making it much easier to do business in Papua New Guinea.”

The Paris Agreement is Stronger than Donald Trump

​***PNG Stands Firm on Paris Agreement***

Papua New Guinea, along with all other countries that signed the Paris Agreement, will stand firm despite the United States’ announcement of withdrawal.

Climate Change & Development Authority (CCDA) managing director, Ruel Yamuna, said this in response to U.S President Donald Trump’s recent announcement.

Yamuna said PNG will continue to negotiate for the strongest possible outcome to ensure climate action is implemented.

He said PNG, through CCDA in partnership with key government departments, state agencies and other development partners, will continue to work with all stakeholders to implement PNG’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

“Climate change is real and already affecting the livelihoods of communities in PNG,” he stated.

“The Paris Agreement is stronger than Donald Trump.”

Yamuna revealed that the current ambition to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions remains insufficient.

“We are still heading for global warming of 3 – 4 Degrees Celsius with disastrous consequences to communities living on the frontlines of climate change as droughts, storms and floods threaten their homes, harvests and livelihoods.”

Yamuna highlighted that all other countries in the world have begun negotiating the rulebook for the implementation of the landmark climate deal.

This follows the recent SB 46 Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany, last month.

They will continue to do so under the leadership of the Kingdom of Morocco as the present Conference of the Parties (COP) President and Fiji as the incoming COP President.

Last Thursday, President Trump proclaimed that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, which he claimed placed “draconian” financial burdens on the American people.

According to CNN, Trump said: “We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

The Paris Agreement unites nations into a common cause; to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.

Loop PNG Quintina Naime June 7, 2017 at 9.23 am

Parents and Guardians to Pay Extra Attention to their Children and Support them in their Studies because of the Election-Related Activities


Sixty nine thousand Grade 10 students will be expected to sit the Grade 10 Written Expression Examination in 301 Provincial High Schools and Secondary Schools nationwide on Thursday, 8 June, 2017.

The Secretary for Education, Dr Uke Kombra made this announcement today (31 May).

“All the Provincial Education Advisers, Provincial Examination Supervisors, Senior Secondary Schools’ Standards Officers, Guidance Officers, Principals, Head Teachers of all Provincial High Schools and Secondary Schools must be vigilant and security conscious of the confidentiality of the examination paper to avoid any form of malpractice that may compromise the examination results”, urged the Secretary for Education.

The Secretary appealed to the parents and guardians to pay extra attention to their children and support them in their studies because of the election related activities going on and is already affecting the attendance of many students and teachers.

Meanwhile, Dr Kombra wished the Grade 10 students in the country all the very best in their examination.

Post-Courier Newspaper May 31, 2017

Health Grants Program by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)to Fund Projects to Combat Stigma and Discrimination

The US Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity under the Health Grants Program.

This funding opportunity is made possible by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and is seeking to fund projects to combat stigma and discrimination (including violence), particularly associated with the key populations (KP) of female sex workers and men who have sex with men in Papua New Guinea.

Applicants may request a maximum of US $15,000 (K49,000).

A total of US $127,000 (K417, 000) is available for this program.

Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration before the closing date of this announcement on June 30, 2017.

The Health Grants Program encourages projects that promote partnerships among two or more local organisations for a common goal; include KPs as project implementers and/or target beneficiaries; incorporate the use of social media; and identify barriers that hinder KPs from accessing health services and develop innovative solutions to address these barriers.

Applications can be found on the US Embassy Port Moresby website: https://pg.usembassy.gov/small-grants-request-proposals/

Decision that You make in terms of Engaging in Social Media really Depends on Your Value

***Meeting to Discuss Social Media***


Papua New Guinea is among Pacific Island countries that will develop a policy regarding the impact of social media on the public service when the next Pacific Public Service Commissioners’ Conference convenes in Noumea, New Caledonia, next year.

“So the theme of the conference in 2018 is going to be around open and transparent government and leadership, but we will be looking at specific issues like social media and its impact on transparency and the role of government,” Personnel Management Secretary John Kali said yesterday.

Mr Kali said social media, like Facebook, was influential, and the idea was for the public servants to develop values and ethics as guides for them to be responsible in their conduct when dealing with social media.

“We are trying to tell public servants that these values are important in your conduct; conduct is about decision making, so the decision that I make in terms of engaging in social media really depends on my value.

“If I have weak or no values, I’m going to engage in anything, but if I have strong ethical values, I exercise honesty, integrity, accountability, respect, transparency and wisdom,” Mr Kali said.

His counterpart, Vaosa Epa, who is the head of the Public Service Commission of Samoa, reiterated similar challenges the public service in other Pacific island countries faced.

Both acknowledged that social media, including Facebook, could misrepresent the public organisation or government’s stance on issues, and could have drastic negative impacts on other people, waste working hours and adds to unnecessary cost, and the conference next year is aimed at finding ways to address these issues for effective service delivery.

Mr Kali said the conference will also discuss on how the public can be engaged in influencing government policy development among other issues, like gender at the workplace.

Post-Courier  Tony Sii May 31, 2017

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.

Comply with World Bank Procurement Process and Guidelines to Serve Farmers Better

*** Officers Told to Follow World Bank Guidelines ***

Officers engaged with Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project must comply with World Bank procurement process and guidelines to serve farmers better.

This was the message given to 18 officers employed as project coordinators, extension officers and data entry clerks by project manager Potaisa Hombunaka.

The officers attended a one-day training in Goroka recently.

“There is no short cut in the PPAP modality. We have to comply with the rules of engagement when it comes to procuring goods and services,” Hombunaka said.

The participants work for partnerships who are implementing coffee rehabilitation work in Goroka.

The activities included improving farmers’ coffee gardens, setting up nurseries for coffee seedlings and carrying out improved post-harvest practices in cluster groups.

The training was conducted by Procurement Consultant Theresa Witi. It was the first time the officers in Eastern Highlands to gain an insight into World Bank’s procurement and tender process conducted by Coffee Industry Corporation through its PPAP coffee component.

The National Newspaper May 24, 2017

2 International Observers & 5 Staff Members to Observe Elections

*** Election Observers Visit Country ***

Commonwealth Observer Mission chairman and former New Zealand Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand arrived in Port Moresby yesterday for a pre-election visit this week.
He was accompanied by Albert Mariner, who is the head of the Caribbean and Pacific Section Political Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
“This is a pre-election visit undertaken by the chairman of the group, Sir Anand Satyanand, who will be here for a couple of days,” Mariner told The National.

“Sir Ananad is hoping to meet with key stakeholders involved in the elections.

“We’re here at the invitation of the Prime Minister (Peter O’Neill) and the Electoral Commissioner (Patilias Gamato).

“The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth has responded positively and is very appreciative that Sir Anand is available to lead the Commonwealth observers in PNG’s election.”

Mariner said there would be 12 international observers in the mission and five staff members.

“We’re hoping to have advance observers on the ground by early June, probably two or three international observers, and then the main group should be on the ground by June 19 with Sir Anand,” Mariner said.

Mariner said the mission was a long-standing commitment of the Commonwealth to support Papua New Guinea’s election and democracy.

“We’ve been working very closely with the Electoral Commission and providing support,” he said.

“We were here last year in November, with a legal expert helping Commissioner Gamato out, in the reviewing of the framework that guides the commission in its efforts to update the voters.

“This is the ongoing support to the Electoral Commission as well.”

The terms of reference for the group are:

  • It is established by the Commonwealth Secretary-General at the invitation of the PNG Government;
  • It is to consider various factors impinging on the credibility of the electoral process as a whole;
  • It will determine in its own judgement whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which the country has committed itself, with reference to national election-related legislation as well as to relevant Commonwealth, regional and other international norms and commitments;
  • It is to act impartially and independently. It has no executive role: its function is not to supervise but to observe the process as a whole and to form a judgement accordingly. It is also free to propose to the authorities concerned such action on institutional, procedural and other matters as would assist the holding of such elections; and
  •  It is to submit a report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General who will forward to the Government of PNG, the PNG Electoral Commission and leaders of political parties, and thereafter all Commonwealth member governments.

The National Newspaper May 25, 2017

O’Neill: While many Commodity-Exporting Countries have faced Similar Economic Decline, PNG has Been Able to Maintain Positive Growth

*** PM O’Neill Calls for Greater Intervention to Strengthen Papua New Guinea Industry ***

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has outlined a plan for greater government involvement in Papua New Guinea’s industrial development.

In a speech to the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum & Trade Expo in Port Moresby last week, O’Neill outlined how to broaden the industry base and move some industries up the value chain.

O’Neill told the forum that both PNG and Australia have experienced economic stresses because of adverse movements in commodity prices.

‘There is no doubt that the past few years have been challenging for both economies as we weather this,’ he said.

O’Neill claimed the PNG economy had performed well despite the downturn in commodity prices.

‘While many commodity-exporting countries have faced similar economic decline, PNG has been able to maintain positive growth. With the global economic downturn, we had to make some tough decisions.

‘Our economy is growing in a positive direction, inflation is manageable and our debt levels remain sustainable—it is well within the limits of 35 per cent of GDP.

In a positive signal to the resources industry, O’Neill added that the government will ‘deliver’ Total’s Papua LNG project, and the proposed Wafi-Golpu and Frieda River mines.

Value Chain

O’Neill said that the economic downturn contained some important lessons for the country. He outlined initiatives designed to move PNG up the value chain in select industries. One of those is fishing.

‘Our plan is to ensure that all the fish caught in Papua New Guinea is processed in Papua New Guinea. Or, at the very least, will be processed onshore.

‘I have instructed the National Fisheries Authority to cease the current practice of discounting the sale price of vessel leases.’ O’Neill claimed this could create 16,000 new jobs in regional centres.

Another industry O’Neill believes should be targeted is logging. ‘By 2020, there will be no more round log exports,’ he said. ‘We will work closely with companies already located in Papua New Guinea.’

O’Neill added that there is an opportunity to add value in the petrochemical industry.

Broadening the Base

O’Neill said there is also a need to broaden PNG’s economic base: ‘moving away from this boom and bust cycle’.

‘We must manage our economy so it can continue to resist such cycles. We can’t continue to rely heavily on the resources sector forever.’

O’Neill pointed to agriculture as a potential growth sector. ‘We have great potential with millions and millions of acres of fertile land. But we have never been able to utilize that well. Instead, we import food instead of growing it ourselves.’

O’Neill nominated rice, coffee and copra as export commodities with potential to grow. He said the challenge is to improve the supply chain by building infrastructure so the commodities ‘can make it to the markets, not only in Papua New Guinea alone.’


Another sector offering potential is tourism, according to O’Neill. ‘We are one of the most diverse and spectacular countries on Planet Earth.’

He said the strategy is to work with the regional governments to create tourism hubs to ‘enable large scale tourism’, and also establish more air links.

The main target market is Chinese tourists. ‘There are more than 100 million Chinese people who visit countries all throughout the world. All we want is a small fraction of that market.’

 2017 via EMTV News Online May 18, 2017

Prime Minister Extends Condolences following the Passing of Susan Karike Huhume 

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has extended the condolences and sympathies of the Nation to the family of the Late Susan Karike Huhume.

“It is with sadness that we have learned of the passing of the designer of our Nation’s flag, Susan Karike Huhume,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.

“Her simple and very effective visual creation is one of the symbols that binds our people together and builds a feeling of unity.

“The fact that a fifteen-year-old girl, as she was in 1971, could design such an iconic image of our country speaks of the talent she had.

“It is also very fitting that the flag of a new country, with young leaders and great aspirations for the future, could be invented by someone who was so young.

“To Ms Huhume’s Husband Nanny, and their children and extended family, we thank you for the beautiful design that the Late Susan Karike Huhume created for our people.

“The symbol of her creation will live centuries beyond her years, and be flown on our flag poles for generations to come in Papua New Guinea and around the world.”

Prime Minister’s Office PNG April 12, 2017 3.39 pm

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