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New Bill Passed 

Parliament today (24/11/17) passed the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance Bill with 85 votes to nil.

 

 

The Bill repeals the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration Act 1993.

 

This means the Administrative College known as ADCOL, at Waigani, will now be changed to PILAG.

 

The passing of this Bill aligns with the Government’s strategic priorities of training and developing public sector leaders, focused on service delivery.

 

The PILAG will be an independent statutory and have its own board of management.

 

The chairman of the board will be an appointed chairman engaged through proper executive search as a fit and proper person defined in the PILAG Act.

 

However, the Institute is not a Department of the National Public Service and is not subject to the application of the Public Services Management Act 2014.

 

Meantime, the Institute has all the necessary power to do all things in connection with the performance of its functions.

Author: Freddy Mou

‘Exercise Pukpuk’ a step towards 2018 APEC

The recently-completed Exercise Pukpuk is just one piece of the whole preparation of the 1RPIR to support the PNGDF and the Government deliver security to APEC 2018.

 

 

This was highlighted by the Commanding Officer for the 1RPIR, Lt. Colonel Boniface Aruma, who told media that the battalion will be the main joint task force group that will provide security for APEC.

 

 

Aruma says his troops have already embarked on conventional operations training, which commenced last month and will finish on the 15th of December.

 

 

“The personnel are out on field going through conventional operations which is the basic fundamental of war fighting.

 

 

“It’s living in the jungle, operating in the jungle and fighting the war in the jungle,” he says.

 

 

“If they know the basic fundamentals and are very competent in their profession on how to live and fight the war in the jungle then that sets the conditions for them and makes it easy for our soldiers to transition into conducting security operations inside towns and cities.”

 

 

Aruma says for the troops to be effective and efficient in their tasks, they need to go through the fundamentals first.

 

 

“Each infantry soldier in the battalion is required to complete a combat fitness which is a 25km march that you need to complete in 6 hours with a minimum of 30 to 40kg pack.

 

 

“Those are steps that we have taken as a unit to really solidify the conventional skills of fighting the war in the jungle.”

 

 

The troops have been out on training for the past two weeks with initial foundations training in Taurama then onto Goldie then finishing off with the 25km pack march.

 

 

Meanwhile, following the wrap up of the conventional operations training yesterday, Aruma says the troops will go for a brief break then onto urban operations training, which will start in January 2018.

Author:

Julianna Waeda

Kuman Confident Of Growth In Education

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY JERRY SEFE 

Education Minister Nick Kuman is confident that the education sector is rapidly advancing due to the government’s firm commitment.

Mr Kuman said this last week when wishing the Grade 10s around the country “best of luck” in their national exams while acknowledging the government’s firm support with the tuition fee free (TFF) policy over the years.

He said the continuing commitment of the government is reflected in the “follow-on national education plan” (NEP) which builds on the many successes that the government has achieved in education in recent years, as well as learning from its mistakes.

“The NEP provides a roadmap for implementing the government’s commitment by providing education and training in technical and vocational skills that are essential for human development and building the nation,” Mr Kuman said.

The minister also said the focus today is to ensure that all the people of Papua New Guinea have the opportunity to have access to education and training that they are entitled to as citizens.

“Papua New Guineans must not be left out on education because of various contributing factors such as age groups, everyone is entitled to education and learning does not stop there,” he said.

“Basically our point and focus is on improving quality of education standard and take into account of widespread consultation as well gender equality which is a cross-cutting issue reflected in the plan all for a positive outcome of quality leaning.”

Loans Software Boost SMEs

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

K79 million in loans has been approved and given to small to medium enterprises in the country through Bank South Pacific’s Lendfast software to date.

 
Trade Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori said the project has created a platform to enhance the loan underwriting standards to achieve positive results.

 
Mr Mori said under this platform, the bank has so far approved 254 SME loans worth K16 million for the Highlands region, 413 for Momase (K21m) , 299 for New Guinea Islands (K17m) , 77 for Southern (K5m) and 351 for NCD(K20m).

 
He said the K79 million in loans being lent have resulted in SMEs creating new jobs and income opportunities for Papua New Guineans, which is in line with the government’s overall policy direction under the SME policy and the master plan to create 300,000 new SMEs with 2-million new jobs.

 
“The Medium Term Development Plan also identifies poverty alleviation through SME employment and income generation.

 
“Therefore, we will continue to support this policy objective by working along with our key development partners and stakeholders,” he said.

 
Mr Mori said the PNG SME access to finance project under the department has partnered with the World Bank and its stakeholders and provides capacity building to provincial commerce divisions throughout the country, trained-36 business development officers in 22 provinces and trained 774 SMEs over the last five years.

 
“Today we acknowledge and witness another milestone achieved by Bank South Pacific in the successful rollout of the loan originating platform to enhance loan underwriting standards.

 
“I thank Mr Fleming and his senior management team for successfully rolling out the loan originating system, the Lendfast software throughout BSP network of branches.
It gives me great confidence to work with your team of staff from the SME Smart Business Unit for working tirelessly to ensure the loan originating system is fully rolled out,” he said.

 
Other partners who supported in the roll out include World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Department of Treasury and National Planning.

Kuman: Audit Of Teachers Vital

 

BY LYNETE KIL of Post-Courier

 

Minister for Education Nick Kuman has confirmed that all public servants in all sectors in the government, including all teachers will undergo an audit.

 

Kuman made this remarks during the launching of the Tuition free fee learning and teaching materials components recently at the Port Moresby National High school.

 

He said the aim of the audit is to ensure that ghost names of teachers are removed from the pay roll system.

 

“Public servants are highly paid in this country yet schools still face teaching problems. The Department of Education employs 58,000 teachers across the country making it one of the largest employer in the education sector.

 

“The government in terms of policy will not only look at accessibility but also at ensuring that the practical issues are addressed,” Kuman said.

 

“We want to ensure that teacher assigned to Gumini are not found elsewhere.

 

“Those are management issues that need to be sorted out. We are concerned and as part of the governments aim to clamp down on part of the salaries wages of public servants in this country we will all make sure that our teachers are in the classrooms, be the principle, headmasters or head teachers and at the management level,” Mr Kuman said.

Wash Policy Attracting Donor Support

 

Source: Post-Courier

BY MATTHEW VARI 

Picture: Loop PNG

The country’s first water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) policy has attracted the support of various development partners since its introduction in 2015.

 

With the national government’s commitment in having such a policy, it has since enabled focus areas identified to be addressed with increased expression of interest from development partners in the form of water and sanitation projects.

 

Program management unit co-ordinator, Takale Tuna said this when speaking at the Yumi Olgeta media event organised by the United Nations and European Union last week in Port Moresby.

 

As the result of the policy being passed by government we have actually been able to put together a lot of the development partners like World Bank has provided us a loan, EU has provided us some funding through UNICEF to address WaSH in schools and WaSH in health centres.”

 

“Also ADB is looking at peri-urban, which is basically the settlements, but also towns as well.”

 

“Also DFAT (Australia’s Department of Foreign Affair and Trade) have expressed interest and JICA (Japan’s aid program). So just because of the policy and the wash PMU (program management unit) that I head, there has been quiet great interest of the development partners to come around and help us address our water sanitation hygiene access.”

 

The WaSH policy aims to reduce water-borne diseases, reduce the amount of time that women especially spend their time collecting water, and equity issues to marginalised group in accessing water sanitation.

 

“Those are the main goals in terms of government improving the quality of life for Papua New Guineans,” Mr Tuna said.

 

PNG has never had a WaSH Policy and approaches to achieving national targets have been random and unco-ordinated.

 

As a result, access to improved water sources and safe sanitation has been declining in recent years as services fail to keep up with population growth and demand.

Panguna work to cost K18.8 billion

Source: The National

CONSTRUCTION of the Panguna mine is estimated to cost US$4-6 billion (K12.5- K18.8 billion).

 
Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) secretary Mark Hitchcock said significant tax revenue would be generated in the estimated 25-plus years’ mine life, with operations starting around 2025-26.

 
Hitchcock spoke during the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s (ABG) three-day tax and revenue summit in Buka last week aimed at finding ways to improve the financial outlook for the region and the government’s ability to fund services for its people.

 
Hitchcock was invited to present development of a new Panguna mining project, including its potential revenue and broader economic benefits.

 
Once developed, the mine would generate significant tax revenue over the 25-plus years operational life of the project.

 
The presentation was drawn from an order of magnitude study which was updated late last year.

 
A realistic timeline for the Panguna project will see the mine operational around 2025-26, Hitchcock said, and the potential tax revenue gains had to be viewed as a longer term prospect with no short-term, direct tax generation, although the project’s development and construction period would present income generation opportunities.

 
Hitchcock highlighted the need for certainty in relation to the tax regime that would apply to the project and warned that excessive tax imposts would undermine its viability. “One potential pathway is for the ABG and PNG national government to work towards a joint agreement to provide assurances regarding applicable taxes that would apply over the longterm,” Hitchcock said.

 
In addition to tax revenue, he said the Panguna project would have a wider multiplier effect in terms of economic benefit.

 
“A project of this scale will help stimulate the economy in a multitude of ways in areas such as training and employment, new business opportunities in the supply of goods and services and the provision of new infrastructure to name a few,” he said.

 
Hitchcock congratulated the ABG for holding the tax and revenue summit and said BCL welcomed opportunities to contribute to important policy discussions in Bougainville.

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