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State resources to support evacuation: PM

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has directed all relevant State resources be made available to support the evacuation of people at risk due to volcanic eruptions on Kadovar Island in the East Sepik region.

 

 

The Prime Minister also again issued a warning for all coastal communities in the north of the country to be on alert for the risk of tsunami resulting from volcanic activity.

 

 

“National Government agencies, led by our disciplined services, have been stood-up to respond to volcanic activity on Kadavor Island,” the Prime Minister said.

 

 

“Volcanoes are very unpredictable, we are hearing various reports that activity has been building up and we need to take all precautions to keep our people safe.

 

 

“We will not take risks with human lives, let’s get people out of harm’s way now, and constantly monitor the activity of the volcano,” he said.

 

 

“I have authorised the additional deployment of personnel and assets to assist in the transfer of any people who are in the broader vicinity of the volcano.

 

 

“National Government resources are being fully engaged, and are working together with the support of provincial officers, to ensure our people are looked after while there is a risk of eruption.

 

 

“Flights in the area have also been cancelled and ships and boats warned to stay away unless they are part of the response to the volcanic activity.”

 

 

PM O’Neill has again warned all coastal villages and towns, even those hundreds of kilometres away, to be vigilant to the risk of tsunami.

 

 

“The terrain around the volcano is very steep, so this increases the risk of a large landslide that could trigger a tsunami.

 

 

“Tsunamis can travel hundreds and thousands of kilometres across open water, so communities must be ready if there is a landslide.

 

 

“I call on all media outlets, particularly radio stations, to carry tsunami warnings and help people to be ready in the event of a landslide causing a tsunami.

 

 

“Tsunami poses a serious threat and all coastal areas in the north of our country must be on alert.”

 

 

The PM O’Neill said as a country on the Pacific Ocean Ring of Fire, Papua New Guinea is very aware of the threats posed by natural disasters.

 

 

“We know the damage that can be reaped by a volcano, and only have to look back to Rabaul in 1994,” he said.

 

 

“Our National Government agencies have increased their response capacity significantly since the days of the Rabaul volcano.

 

 

“We will continue to monitor the situation for ongoing escalation on volcanic activity, and do all we can to protect life and property.”

 

Author: Press release

Photo Credit: Loop PNG.

Tuition Reviewed

 

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said a review will be carried out at major state owned Universities regarding the increases in tuition fees that are reportedly imposed by the respective institutions.

The assurance from the PM comes amidst concerns raised by many parents and students.

Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi said as minister responsible he will facilitate the process to ensure that the 2018 academic year resumes uninterrupted.

Source: Post-Courier

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

STEVEN KILAGE’S ONE FAMILY ONE HOME POLICY APPLAUD – O’NEILL

SOURCE: NBC RADIO
During Q & A (Question and Answers) time on NBC radio, the Prime Minister supported the ‘one house one family’ policy by intending candidate for NCD Regional Mr Steven Kilage and described the concept as a very good initiative.
“Let me say that when the PNC –led government has the opportunity to lead our government in 2017 onwards, after the elections, I can assure you that we are quite prepared to sit down with him, get his thoughts on what he’s planning and how he’s going to roll out that policy,” O’Neill said.


Mr O’Neill said one of the things that interested him personally was about public housing issues.


He said we couldn’t afford to allow our citizens to continue to live in squatters all around the nation and assured the national that between 2017 and 2018 his government would enter into a resettlement program for all settlers through a public housing program.


“That means government must get into building low-cost housing, affordable housing to Papua New Guineans so they can be able to live in urban areas in public housing programs,” he said.


PM O’Neill said such models were similar to what countries like Australia rolled out in the 1960s and 70s and even UK and many other countries.

PM challenges implementation of GBV laws

 
11/30/2017
 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has challenged members of parliament to use the existing law and order structures to deal with law and order issues.
 
The PM was speaking in reference to a question raised by the East Sepik Governor Allan Bird highlighting the need for parliament to be more proactive on the agenda of gender-based violence and abuse in the country.
 
The Prime Minister made reference to laws and acts already in place that are designed to give protection to women, children and the most vulnerable in our society.
 
The PM, however, noted that it is the implementation of these laws which is a concern.
 
He agreed with the governor that the law enforcement agencies such as police, judiciary, and other village level leaders must work together to make sure that this type of behaviour is not tolerated in the communities.
 
“We have never seen such a gross abuse of the most vulnerable in our communities,” said the PM.
 
“Police must act on this.
 
“I will ensure that the Police Minister goes to the police commissioner to put together a special task force to address this immediately.
 
“If the local police are not taking charge of the issues on ground, the headquarters must take charge of it.”
 
(Parliament sitting last week)
 
 
Author: Julianna Waeda

NO CUTS TO CORE NATIONAL PRIORITIES, SAYS PM

28 November 2017

Source: Post-Courier

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the 2018 National Budget is based on common sense and restraint, and builds on the proactive manner in which the Government has managed the recent global economic pressures.

 

“When we formed the Government in Alotau, we promised to deliver stable and sensible administration, and you can see that commitment evident in this budget,” the Prime Minister said ahead of the tabling of the budget by the Treasurer in Parliament this week.

 

“In this budget, there will be no cuts to our core national priorities, particularly education and healthcare.

 

“We will deliver a productive and safe APEC summit in 2018 through modest expenditure that builds capacity and leaves the legacy in our Government agencies.

 

“Our Government will also continue to build more efficient public services that are increasingly capable while being less expensive to operate. I am looking forward to sensible debate about the budget that is based on fact and not misinformation.”

 

Mr O’Neill said while pressure on the economy from global factors is easing, the Government will continue to ensure fiscal discipline is maintained.

 

“There is no doubt that we are seeing improvements in the global economy, and this is reflected in positive indicators in our own economy.

 

“Commodity prices are returning to healthier levels but there is still a long way to go before we can relax.

 

“When global conditions were at their lowest, our Government managed the challenges we faced and this has placed us in a stronger position today. We continued to maintain positive economic growth through a program of reducing spending, managing expenses and rescheduling some infrastructure construction,” the PM said.

 

“It is because of our responsible approach that we can deliver the budget that will be presented to the Parliament this week.

 

“The Treasurer, working with all Cabinet members, and Treasury officials, has developed a very responsible budget that takes account of current global challenges.

 

“I congratulate our Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, and look forward to the delivery of his first budget speech on Tuesday.”

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.

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PM O’Neill Calls on Disruptive Elements to be Responsible – Accommodation with Services and Utilities Ready for Use

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has cautioned the ringleaders of a demonstration at the former Manus Regional Processing Centre and said it is time to move to new accommodation.

“The Manus Centre was established for the sole reason of processing asylum claims, now all claims have been processed and the centre has closed,” PM O’Neill said.

“The centre will not be reopened and it will be returned to its former function as a Defence Force facility.

“Given the Supreme Court’s decision, the Government has no choice but to intervene for the wellbeing of both the refugees and non-refugees.

“Those involved in disruption have been identified and appropriate means will be used to apprehend individuals who are causing unnecessary anxiety and violence.

“Their actions are now heading towards a law and order situation, as well as a hygiene and sanitation problem, and it will be dealt with as such, whether they are genuine refugees or not.

“There are 610 men on Manus who have been found to be refugees and arrangements are being made to settle them in third countries.

“There are also 210 men who have been found to not be legitimate refugees.

“Now that the processing of asylum claims has been completed, the relocation exercise is taking place where there is a separation of genuine and non-genuine refugees.

“The locations to where they are being moved have much better facilities than the closed centre, with services and utilities provided for much more comfort and healthier living.

“Our Government and the people of Manus are asking all refugees and non-refugees to behave in a peaceful and orderly manner.”

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.”

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