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4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

Mori invites NZ to invest in agro sector

COMMERCE and Industry Minister Wera Mori has invited New Zealand to invest in Papua New Guinea’s agriculture sector.

 
Mori went to New Zealand to seek investments in the renewable sector, seek support and networking between co-operatives in PNG and New Zealand in agro industries.

 
He held talks with Cooperatives Business New Zealand, Fonterra Dairies and the New Zealand Business Council.

 
PNG provides the largest market for Fonterra’s dairy products.

 
Mori said Fonterra was looking at increasing its global market share, and was an opportunity for PNG to create the incentives which would attract such a large global player in agribusiness and co-operatives in PNG.

 
Fonterra produces dairy products in New Zealand with 10,500 co-operative farmers.
It is willing to extend its social responsibility to PNG through its one-milk one-child per day programme next year.

 
“Fonterra Dairy produces 22 billion litres of milk annually to supply two billion of its customers around the world,” Mori said.

 
“Such opportunities should be considered in the Sepik plain, Markham Valley, Central and parts of the Highlands.”

 
Co-operative Business New Zealand chief executive officer Craig Presland invited Mori and other government institutions to participate at the week-long summit on Feb 27 next year in Auckland.

Source: The National

Photo Credit: Loop PNG.

Power Project Welcomes LO Participation

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Landowners can be given the first right of refusal as equity shareholders in the proposed US$120 million (K375 million) Port Moresby power project.
This is according to Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) managing director Wapu Sonk, who says participation by resource landowners in the project was welcome.
He says this can be achieved through equity participation by the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) in NiuPower Limited.
NiuPower is the entity created by KPHL and Oil Search Limited to underwrite the US$120 million gas fired power station.
LNG project landowners were angered at not being part of the project and threatened to disrupt the US$19 billion investment demanding they own the power station.
Hela landowners said that they had been denied the opportunity to participate in the new project, which will use gas from the PNG LNG liquefaction plant near Port Moresby.
“NiuPower has always been keen to bring in additional equity partners.
“Of course any equity participation must be on commercial terms consistent with the terms agreed between NiuPower and PPL.
“Otherwise there will be substantial increases in the cost of power to PPL and its customers,” Mr Sonk said.
He said Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search had previously invited the State owned MRDC to take equity in NiuPower’s investments to ensure landowner participation in the development of the Port Moresby power station.
“This offer remains open and NiuPower is awaiting engagement from MRDC to discuss the commercial terms for equity participation.
“We, therefore, urge landowners to work constructively with MRDC to achieve their participation in this milestone power project,” he said. Mr Sonk added that following the establishment of the power station, generation requirements for the National Capital District will be covered for a number of years.
“With the creation of NiuPower and the development of the gas fired Port Moresby power station, Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search directly contribute to the government’s energy objectives of electrifying 70 per cent of PNG by 2030, today estimated at around 10 per cent.
“We recognise that electrifying PNG is a development game changer that will improve the lives of our people in line with Vision 2050,” Mr Sonk said.

Photo Courtesy: Loop PNG

Officers take lead to change agriculture practice

Source: Loop PNG
9/12/2017

Officers working for Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) are in the forefront of a shift in agriculture practice in the country, says project manager Potaisa Hombunaka.

 

“It was clear at the just concluded first national inaugural agriculture summit in Port Moresby that the PPAP modality is strong in governance, transparency and accountability, hence delivery of project to the farmers is feasible,” he said.

 

“Be happy because you’re in the forefront of a move in the country.”

 

Hombunaka was talking to 45 extension officers attending a weeklong training at Aiyura coffee research and growers services station in Eastern Highlands on Friday, 23 November, 2017.

 

The officers work for 35 productive partners for Coffee Industry Corporation’s industry rehabilitation program under PPAP coffee component. They were trained on how best to train farmers outside of the conventional extension service practice.

 

“Our current conventional extension service is just about training farmers on technical applications on production aspect of agriculture and we leave the farmers high and dry after the training,” said Hombunaka.

 

“The extension service we were using was relevant at that time, but there was really nothing between connecting us and growers.

 

“It’s time to phase out the conventional extension service system. Production has not gone up.”

 

Quoting Albert Einstein, Hombunaka said “We cannot continue to do the same old things and expect different results”.

 

He said the PPAP modality with a strong emphasis on ‘productive partnership’ has been tried elsewhere in the world and is the way forward for agriculture development in the country.

 

The engagement of close to 400 extension officers and field assistants is building back the extension service program. These officers are working in 10 provinces namely Eastern Highlands, Simbu, Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Enga, Southern Highlands, Morobe, Madang (Simbai and Kovon LLG), East New Britain and East Sepik.

 

The number of coffee extension officers has reduced significantly over the years and CIC, through the PPAP intervention, is working towards returning extension officers to re-connect farmers or producers who are important stakeholders in the coffee value chain.

 

One difference is the extension officers are from the project area hence after the project ends, all the knowledge and experiences are left in the area as opposed to recruiting extension officers from outside.

 

The coffee rehabilitation is a CIC project through Department of Agriculture & Livestock. It is financed by a loan facility from World Bank, IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with support funding from PNG Government.

 

(Extension officers with CIC and PPAP coffee training facilitators)

Author: Press release

Commodity Boards warned

 

23rd November 2017.

Commodity Boards in PNG have been warned to perform or else will not receive funding from 2019 onward.

 

Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, issued the warning on Wednesday during the inaugural National Agriculture Summit.

 

Maru said he wanted to see a high performance culture as well as good governance practise instilled in all commodity boards.

 

He said millions of kina had been squandered by some commodity boards despite continuous government funding over the years.

 

Minister Maru said under his watch, any commodity board that does not perform well and is not accountable for the funds it uses will not receive any further funding after 2018.

 

“We must overhaul the boards. And we will only support that boards that perform deliver value, have a good corporate governance structure, and can show us the funds are managed well.

 

“Only performers will continue to receive government funding.

 

“If we are funding you and your industry is declining in output and production we have a problem. We should get that resource from you and give it to another sector that’s performing,” said Maru.

-Author: Cedric Patjole

-Via Loop PNG.-

National Agriculture Summit Underway

The Inaugural National Agriculture Summit commenced on Monday.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, opened the summit to indicate his Government’s commitment to really improve the sector.

 

The Summit was also attended by Government Ministers and Parliamentary Leaders.

 

In his Opening Remarks, Agriculture Minister, Benny Allan, said this summit gives the opportunity for the private investors both large and small to talk, and the Government to listen.

 

He said the Government has come up with policies for the Agriculture Sector, but has not sat down with the players to listen to them.

 

Referring to the theme of the Agriculture Summit of “Unlocking the Power of Agriculture for PNG”, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, reiterated its importance and reaffirms his government’s commitment in the sector as captured in the Alotau Accord.

 

“We’ve seen PNG’s Economy go into vast cycles for quite a while, largely because we over depend ourselves on one sector of the Economy (resources). And it has serve PNG well, but I think we’re too complaisant and we are not realising all the other potentials that we have in our country. Especially, when all the Commodity Prices of Oil and Gas goes down, our economy goes down.”

 

Representatives from all sectors of Agriculture packed the Lamana Conference Room to be part of this first ever organised National Agriculture Summit.

 

Presentations are based on each Agricultural Business and investment and the challenges they face including solutions to assist the Government improve the sector.

 

The conclusion of the summit will assist the Government through the Department of Agriculture, come up with a Medium Term Agriculture Development Plan.

 

The Summit will continue today(Monday) and will end on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Author: Charmaine Poriambep of Loop PNG

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.

-Press-

LANDOWNERS WILL BE PAID: MANO

 
By SHIRLEY MAULUDU 
Source: The National
 
MINERAL Resources Development Company managing director Augustine Mano says landowners will be paid their benefits once certain processes are carried out following the verification of clan-vetting information.
Petroleum Minister Fabian Pok said yesterday said the clan-vetting exercise had resumed for some areas of the PNG LNG project.
Mano said there were two sorts of benefits for the landowners.
“The royalties are with the Central Bank (Bank of Papua New Guinea) and the equity is with us (MRDC),” he said.
“This process is very critical for us to release both the royalties and equities because ultimately we’ll pay the royalties and equities.
“This clan-vetting exercise can take up to four weeks, depending on the status on the ground. After that, we’ll have a ministerial determination.
“After the ministerial determination, then we will open the accounts. After we open the accounts, then we will have elections of respective directors and chairmen of pipeline and PDL (petroleum development licence) areas. After that, the benefits will be paid.
“It is important that landowners must understand that the same precedent we did with plant site landowners will also be applied to the pipeline and PDL.”
He is hoping that the process would be sorted out before Christmas.
Meanwhile, Pok said following the successful distribution of royalty benefits to the plant site landowners, the department was focusing on the completion of the clan-vetting exercise in the other impact areas.

K1.7m road for remote EHP

1st November 2017

Source: Post-Courier

 

The Coffee Industry Corporation’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (coffee) is set to construct the 5km road.

 

Contract signing for construction of the Nombia-Bibiori road was at the Central Supply and Tenders Board (CSTB) office in Port Moresby on Friday, 20 October, 2017.

 

 

The road will service over 20,000 people of the Lamari LLG in the Tairora area of Obura-Wonenara to transport their coffee to the nearest Kainantu town. The area is known for producing very high quality organic coffee.

 

 

CSTB chairman Dr Ken Ngangan says: “The contract is not of a high amount but we have to ensure the process is followed.”

 

 

Minister for Labour & Industrial Relations and MP for Obura-Wonenara electorate, Mehrra Minne Kipefa, on behalf of his people thanked CSTB for allowing the procurement and tendering process to go through.

 

 

The local MP also acknowledged CIC-PPAP for partnering Obura-Wonenara District Development Authority (DDA) to rehabilitate the road, which he says will open up the area for other services in health and education.

 

 

With productive partnership with DDA and PPAP, over 20km of road will be rehabilitated beginning from Norikori Junction to Bibiori. The first 15km is being funded and/or counter funded together.

 

 

This March/April, the DDA through its District Support Improvement Program (DSIP) fund, financed the construction of a 7km access road from Norikori junction to Barabundora Junction. The other 9km from there to Nombia will be counter funded by the DDA and PPAP as per discussion between Minister Kipefa and Project Manager for CIC-PPAP, Potaisa Hombunaka.

 

 

Meanwhile, Hombunaka congratulated Kassampy Construction Ltd for being awarded the contract and also for making it into the good books of World Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Fund (IFAD) for passing this first test. The real test will be accomplished on delivering a Works standard road.

 

 

 

“We have to ensure the process is followed because the end game is to build a road that is of high quality standard that will last for years,” says Hombunaka.

 

 

 

During construction, both PPAP Consulting Engineers and Provincial Works Engineers will carry out routine inspections till conclusion.

 

 

 

The World Bank and IFAD are financiers of the CIC-PPAP industry rehabilitation effort and construction of access roads comes under Component 3 infrastructure development function. The CIC going forward will be recommended to have an Engineering section in its structure as market access is critical to growth of the industry.

 

 

 

The CIC-PPAP senior procurement officer, Ms Theresa Witi, was overwhelmed in that this will be the first road to be constructed under the project.

 

 

 

“Finally we will build the first road. I would like to thank everyone, including CSTB and project financiers for the process to go through,” says Ms Witi.

 

 

 

Coffee is the lifeline of the local Lamari LLG people. The locals are hard working. They have the capacity to produce more beans from their coffee gardens, but the dilemma for the last 40 plus years is they have no easier access to market.

 

 

 

There are only two closest access roads to Lamari, one ends at Obura Station and the other at Nombia.  The locals prefer walking to Nombia, which is about 25km from Kainantu town and 20km from Aiyura Research Station and SIL Ukarumpa. The economic cost of transporting a coffee bag to Kainantu through Obura station is K50 compared to Nombia, which is only K20.

 

 

The new road link will be a new chapter in the lives of these people, often referred to as the back page of Eastern Highlands Province.

 

 

At the signing ceremony were CSTB chairman Dr Nagangan, project manager of CIC-PPAP Hombunaka, Minister Kipefa and local contractor Kassampy Constructions Ltd representatives.

 

 

The coffee rehabilitation is a CIC project through Department of Agriculture & Livestock. It is financed by a loan facility from World Bank and IFAD with support funding from the PNG Government.

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