Tag Archives: Parliament

PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM KEY TO A MORE BUSINESS FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT; PM O’NEILL ENCOURAGES GREATER AUSTRALIAN INVESTMENT

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.”

Motuans To Have Open Seat in Parliament – O’Neill

May 29, 2017 ~ The National

By Malum Nalu

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has assured Motu-Koitabu villagers that they will have their own seat in Parliament as well as a greater share in project developments in their areas such as the Port Moresby port.

 

He gave the assurance during a campaign rally for Health Minister and Moresby North-West MP Michael Malabag at Tatana village outside Port Moresby on Saturday.

 

O’Neill promised the people that, just like he had turned Hela and Jiwaka into provinces in 2012, he would give the Motu-Koitabu people representation in Parliament.

 

“Today I make a commitment to the people of Motu-Koitabu, you will have your own seat in Parliament after 2017,” he said.

 

“You will have your own member, carrying your own voice, on the floor of Parliament.

 

O’Neill said PNG Ports Corporation had been directed to ensure that “participation and benefits must go to the people of Motu-Koitabu, and especially the landowners of Tatana and Baruni, which must be clearly defined”.

 

“This is a commitment from a prime minister who has delivered shares back to Ok Tedi (landowners), shares back to Bougainville (landowners), and there are going to be more landowners who will benefit because of our policies of giving back to our landowners and our people. We want equal benefits sharing with our people right throughout the country, especially landowners.”

Did the former Treasurer mislead the Parliament in his 2017 Budget speech, or is he just playing politics now?

*** Credibility of Sacked Ministers Suffering Over Back flips – The Politics of the Silly Season ***

 

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has expressed concern over ‘political backflips’ by sacked Ministers in the lead-up to the National Election.

In making the observation on short-sighted political behaviour, the Prime Minister said he hoped candidates would devote more time to serious debate on issues and not focus on cheap-shots that can only hurt those who point fingers.

“In just a few weeks we have seen National Alliance party members abandoning long-held and publicly stated policy positions and claiming that they had not been honest in their public statements while in Government,” the Prime Minister said.

“The former Treasurer has claimed that his financial powers as Treasurer were removed last year and that he did not make this public until after being removed from office.

“He has also suddenly changed his views on the Central Bank, changed his views on economic development in the country and claims that he defied legislation concerning government finance activities.

“These are not the words and actions of a leader, but of a person seeking political opportunity, and selling-out their reputation and credibility.

“Anything that the former Treasurer says now, that he could have said before but failed to do so, demonstrates that he either had no backbone when in Government, or that is just playing politics now.

“During his three years as Treasurer, if he had problems with the advice of the Central Bank, why did he not say so back then?”

The Prime Minister further questioned claims by Patrick Pruaitch that are at odds with the speech to Parliament in November 2017 by the Former Treasurer stating:

‘The Budget demonstrates O’Neill-Dion Government decisiveness to move the Government Debt to GDP ratio onto a sustainable path while supporting development over the medium term.’

“Now the former Minister has discredited his own statement to Parliament.

“Did the former Treasurer mislead the Parliament in his 2017 Budget speech, or is he just playing politics now? He needs to answer this question to the people of the nation.

“The credibility of the former Treasurer is being brought into question with his backflips on policies and advice that he backed over five years in Government and three years as Treasurer.

“The people of the nation accept that Leaders can change the views over time, but not backflip the moment they are removed from office.

“Calmer heads can prevail in the NA party, these policy back-flips are hurting their credibility.”

 

PNC People’s National Congress May 24, 2017 at 11.25 am