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190919OUR DIFFERENCES IS OUR BIGGEST STRENGHT SAYS MOMIS
New Dawn FM News
What makes Bougainville such a rich and diverse place is our difference says ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS.
President MOMIS told the youths at Gagan last Sunday and also the Independence celebrations at HOKO on Monday, that it is our differences that should unite us not divide us.
What it means is that all of us need to respect the diversity that exists within our communities.
He said that whilst we may come from different backgrounds, have different socio economic status, education qualifications and so on, we are all the same in the eyes of the lord.
We should not define each other by what sets us apart. But by what unites us, an enduring desire to ensure that Bougainville and all Bougainvilleans are able to live in Peace.
190918PRESIDENT ON THE PEACE AGREEMENT
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Peace Agreement is the means by which peace was negotiated following the awful war that claimed so many lives.
Bougainville President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS made this statement during his speech at the opening of the one-week Catholic youth convention for the Buka Atolls deanery at the Gagan Parish last Sunday.
He told the youths that the agreement was an act of compromise.
It requires leadership on both sides, the National Government and Bougainville to jointly implement the agreement.
President MOMIS said that it was through the agreement we were able to broker an arrangement that saw the end of hostilities and the creation of an Autonomous Bougainville Government and its own parliament through which we could manage our own affairs.
He said this included a commitment to hold a referendum on Bougainvilles long-term political future with independence being one option put to the people.
He said the process of negotiating the agreement required a lot of consultations, Sometimes we were able to agree and sometimes we were not.
But the point I want to make is that through that process of negotiation, consultation and compromise we were able to get an agreement in place that was endorsed at the highest levels politically and internationally.
President told the youths that this is an example of how change can be achieved through talking rather than violence.
And as the future leaders of our great region, he appealed to each of youths to see this as the way of the future.
President Momis said fighting and violence will not achieve anything and as future leaders of Bougainville, he appealed to them to learn from the lessons of the past and see negotiation as the most important toll at their disposal.
He further stressed to them that the power of voice is more powerful than that of a gun, and by engaging respectfully and forcefully they achieve much.
190918WATAWI ON MOCK REFERENDUM VOTE
New Dawn FM News
SELAU constituency is set to run its Mock Referendum vote at the end of October this year.
Selau Constituency member and Chairman of the Bougainville House of Representatives Referendum committee, JOSEPH WATAWI told New Dawn FM today that this program is to educate the people to understand the real referendum vote that will take place in June 2019.
MR. WATAWI said that the mock vote is a big education exercise to prepare his people for the upcoming referendum.
The Selau constituency has already carried out its mass reconciliation between the former fighters from BRA and the Resistance Force members and is ready to declare the constituency as weapons free and referendum ready.
The Chairman of the Referendum Committee said that the Bougainville referendum is a one off and once in a lifetime vote and the people must be educated not to squander the one and only chance for Bougainville to decide its own destiny.
He explained that the referendum vote is not a vote to vote a representative to a certain parliament but a vote to decide a change for better or worse.
That is why the people must be educated for them to make a choice from their heart.
He said mock ballot papers have been printed in preparation for the mock referendum vote.
190918TSORA SUPPORTS MOMIS
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Public service has been challenged to perform their designated jobs well so that their work can reflect in the delivery of Government services to the people of Bougainville especially those in the rural areas.
The former Bougainville Education Secretary, TONY TSORA made this statement last week saying that he supports the call by the ABG President CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS who repeatedly made statements that the Politicians are the law makers and the Public service is the delivery machine for the government.
MR. TSORA said that if the public servants are not performing, the ABG President as the chairman of the Senior Appointments committee must make drastic changes in the public service.
He said from the outside he can really see what is happening in the public service and supports the President.
MR. TSORA said that nowadays most of the public servants are not committed to their roles and responsibilities as officers of the government.
He said when the services are not delivered many blame the President and the Government but the blame should go to the public service.
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The 62nd National Gaming Control Board (NGCB)
Goroka Show has displayed a huge potential in agri-tourism.
This was revealed by the NGCB Community Benefit Fund Director, Rayleen Kurua during the opening remarks ofthe Show. Kurua said the Show illustrated the potential Eastern Highlands has to successfully promote the agriculture and tourism sectors in the country.
Kurua said the Show is a great benefit for the economy, with potential for farmers to find their market both locally as well as internationally. Tourists will want to spend money to come to PNG if they can experience locals, preparing food using indigenous crops, Kurua said.
She said Agriculture and Tourismwill have to work together and embrace the opportunity which will benefit both industries, the economy and the local community. Kurua said there is a great demand for agricultural tourism in PNG and it will be a missed opportunity if we do not work together to build the industry.
The show took place over the Independence weekend, from the 14th to the 16th of September at the National Sports Institute in Goroka under the theme promoting agriculture and tourism. About 150 cultural groups from allfour regions of the country participated in sing sings and dances.
Traditional crops and farming methods were also showcased to tourists, most of whom travelled in from Europe.
The Government of Papua New Guinea has been
commended for rolling out district training for public sector
leaders under its commitment to improve districts to drive local
Twenty-nine course participants in the Yangoru-Saussia District in East Sepik Province graduated on Friday after two weeks of training in Project Management and Financial Management. The training was facilitated by the PNG Institute of Leadership and Governance.
The newly re-launched institute is a key partner of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct which is a partnership between the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea designed to support the development of ethical, capable public sector leaders at all levels of the Government, whether in Waigani, in provinces or at the district level.
Secretary for Department of Personnel Management, Taies Sansan, said there is a big challenge for Public Servants to lift their game.
So far there have been six sub-national training's under the district rollout, heldin Ialibu Pangia, Kokopo, Madang, Pomio, Telefomin and now in Yangoru-Saussia District.
Weint end on reaching out to all the Public Servants throughout the country to give them the tools that are necessary to drive the service delivery in the districts and provinces. The onus is on us as Public Servants on the ground level to make it work. We need Public Servants who are ethical, capable and efficient. This course is a big achievement in the revitalization of the institute and it is also an important milestone in the sub national development of our Public Servants in the district level. It is important that we promote the development of Public Sector leaders throughout the country, Ms Sansan said.
Minister for National Planning and Member for Yangoru-Saussia, Richard Maru, said the district had co-funded the program with K40,000. He reminded all present that districts are where 80 per cent of the countrys population lives. He said the upcoming Medium Term Development Plan III will show that the focus of Government expenditure is on the districts.
His message to the course participants; make it happen on the ground. You need to apply yourselves, perform and deliver results. Create value and add value to your organizations in the districts. You must have the passion and the heart to deliver to the people. There must be a change of attitude, no chewing and smoking and turning up to work late....
West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, Talasea MP Francis Maneke and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis with staff members of Malalia health clinic.
Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis with staff and students of Caritas Girls Technical Secondary School in Kimbe.
TUMBY BAY - Papua New Guinea is in a great big mess.
It has spiralled down the plughole and is sitting in the u-bend among such smelly companions as EthIopia, Angola, Sudan and Outer Woop Woop ready to be flushed away into oblivion.
Its intention to issue bonds to pay off its enormous debt have been greeted by raucous laughter in the financial capitals of the world.
China is gearing up to buy it, lock stock and barrel, probably as a launching pad for its expansion into the Asia-Pacific and as a convenient stick to shove up Donald Trumps nose.
Its great mate down south is no help. Its running around like a chook with its head cut off trying to work out why it keeps tripping over.
What to do?
Well, as Paul Oates keeps pointing out, the first step is to identify the cause.
I think Paul is as aware of the cause as the rest of us.
It is the politicians and the public servants.
Theyve got to go if theres any chance of saving whats wedged in that u-bend before it gets flushed away.
They are the people who hive off the money coming in from the desperate aid donors trying to prop the place up.
They are the people who love to atack the workers some of these donors send in to do the job themselves.
They are a pox with no morals, empathy or humanity. They are basically criminals aboard a gravy train to nowhere, too stupid to realise it is going to crash.
Can you run a country without politicians or public servants?
Probably not but you can certainly try. Its been done before.
Get the United Nations or Darth Vader or whoever is in charge of the planet at the moment to send in an administrator, just like whats previously been done in some of the provinces.
Get them to shake out all the nasty people and identify the good ones. Set new standards for politicians and public servants. Bring in a law to ban...
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A new report commissioned by Barrick Gold has been published on the serious human rights situation at the Porgera mine.
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The report, by California based nonprofit BSR, reveals there is a backlog of more than 940 human rights cases registered, plus other victims who have not yet made their claims known.
The report recommends Barrick needs to make a number of immediate fixes, address longer-term issues, and take preventative action to avoid future harms.
BSR believes that addressing claims at these three levels is the only way to ensure a robust and sustainable approach to remedy.
NEW YORK - A planned $500 million bond sale from Papua New Guinea, a country that has tried and failed to sell foreign debt before, will test whether investors are still receptive to riskier borrowers after a selloff in emerging markets.
The offering could conclude this week, and would mark the first sale of junk-rated sovereign-dollar debt since July, when Angola sold $500 million in 30-year bonds, according to Dealogic.
In recent months, rising US interest rates and a stronger dollar have hit emerging-market stocks and bonds. That has made it harder for developing nations and companies to borrow, especially those with junk, or below investment-grade, credit ratings.
A young democracy grappling with crime, corruption, and natural disasters, Papua New Guinea met international investors in 2013 and 2016 but didnt sell dollar bonds. The country is rated single-B by S&P Global, and has a similar B2 grade from Moodys , putting it roughly on par with Belarus, Egypt and Pakistan.
The nation of roughly eight million people is now offering a yield of about 8.5%, several investors said. These bonds will have a 5-year maturity, and the country could also sell 10-year bonds, some investors said.
Usually when we see these kinds of deals, people joke that were at the top of the market. But were in a bear market, said Samy Muaddi, a lead portfolio manager for emerging-markets bonds at T Rowe Price.
Papua New Guinea says the proceeds will help refinance existing debt, as well as fund infrastructure projects and its hosting of the regional Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings later this year.
180918 GETSI CALL ON THE CATHOLIC YOUTHS TO TAKE PART IN THE
New Dawn FM News
Catholic youths attending the Buka Atolls deanery were told to be part of the referendum process that will determine the future of Bougainville.
The ABG Minister for Community Development, JOSEPHINE GETSI made these comments at the opening ceremony of the convention on Sunday at Gagan Parish.
MS GETSI said that the youths must attend such programs as the youth convention to know what is happening and be involved and be part of the process.
She said the future of Bougainville is in the hand of the youths as the leaders of tomorrow and as such they must be prepared to take part in community activities and prepare themselves to take leadership roles in the future.
The Youth convention will end next Sunday.
Caption of Josephine Getsi Minister for Community Development
Post Courier | September 18, 2018
GULF Governor Chris Haiveta has told his people that current agreements for oil, gas and forestry were not negotiated in their favour.
Delivering his independence message in Kerema last weekend, Mr Haiveta said he wants all agreements under the UBSA and LBSA re-visited and re-negotiated.
He said he felt his people the majority resource owners had been short changed and robbed of their resources.
Mr Haiveta and his people hosted Governor General Sir Bob Dadae over the Independence long weekend.
He said: Our province recognises that current resource agreements in oil and gas and f...
STAFF REPORTER | Down to Earth
NEW DELHI - Eighteen years after Papua New Guinea was declared polio-free, the virus has come to plague the children of this island nation in Oceania.
In May, lower limbs of a six-year-old boy from in the city of Lae became paralysed.
After samples were sent to the US for testing, the fear of polio outbreak was confirmed. Since then 12 children across five provinces in Papua New Guinea have been diagnosed with this debilitating disease.
The children affected by polio are aged between 12 months and 10 years. All of them have experienced paralysis, with some unable to walk and others comparatively less affected.
The latest victim is a six-year-old resident of the capital city, Port Moresby.
The outbreak has prompting an emergency vaccination campaign. A vaccination campaign will begin in Port Moresby at the end of the month, while a nationwide campaign will begin in October.
The first case in Lae is a vaccine-derived form of polio wherein the weakened form of the virus used in vaccines mutates and spreads. Samples of other children in the same region have confirmed they had the strain of mutated virus in their systems.
According to reports, very few children in the Lufa region of the Highlands are immunised against polio.
Moreover, clean water supply and sanitation systems are mostly non-existent. The local authorities suspect that the outbreak happened when water supply was contaminated by faeces that contained the mutated virus.
According to several reports, ever since Papua New Guinea was declared polio-free, the authorities adopted a lackadaisical approach to vaccines.
This is true for other preventable diseases like measles. The nationwide polio vaccine coverage has reportedly fallen from about 80% to 30% in the last two decades.
Some children in Papua New Guinea did not receive the full dose of vaccine. As opposed to the three courses of droplets needed to be fully immunised, some children received only one course.
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries where polio has not been eradicated yet. In 2017, only 22 cases of polio were reported worldwide.
180918PRESIDENT COMMENDS YOUTH CONVENTION
New Dawn FM News
The ABG PRESIDENT, CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS last Sunday officially opened the Catholic Youths Buka atolls youth convention at Gagan parish on Buka island.
In his speech President Momis commended conventions such at this that the youths as future leaders can attend and use such opportunities to share lessons and explore how they can make Bougainville a better place in the future.
President Momis said that youths have a huge role to play in our societies.
He called on the youths to think about what they can do to make Bougainville the great prosperous region it once was.
President Momis said as young and emerging leaders in the communities it was the right time to act.
By this, I mean each of you should be looking within your communities and your families to identify where you can make a difference.
President MOMIS said that can mean helping a loved one in need, or supporting a local church group with fundraising or helping local business groups to build commerce and enable economic growth.
At the same time for those of us that are older and more experienced, our job is to empower each of you so that you can make the most of your lives.
This is the process of the older generation teaching the younger generation.
0918LERA VOWS TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT MOMIS
New Dawn FM News
The Regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA yesterday vowed to work closely with the ABG President, CHIEF DR,JOHN MOMIS and his ABG Government.
Speaking at the 43rd PNG Independence celebrations in HAGOGOHE, JOE LERA apologized to President Momis for not supporting him in the past.
He said that what he has been doing was to support the work of the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the people of Bougainville.
MR. LERA made these remarks when commending leaders who took PAPUA NEW GUINEA into Independence 43 years ago.
He mentioned leaders like, SIR MICHAEL SOMARE, JOHN KAPUTIN, JOHN GUISE, IAMBAKEY OKUK and the President MOMIS himself for their contribution towards Papua New Guinea.
MR. LERA said Bougainville was lucky MOMIS was still leading us into the referendum and into the future.
He said if these leaders have not stood up then and be counted, PNG will still be a colony of Australia.
Caption of Vice President Raymond Masono and Joe Lera at the ceremony pic by Aloysius Laukai
180918TIME TO REFLECT ON 43 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS who was one of the few people who led PAPUA NEW GUINEA to independence 43 years ago says its time to reflect how Papua New Guinea has developed in the 43 years since Independence.
Speaking at the PNG Independence celebrations held at HOKO on Buka island yesterday, President MOMIS said that the right of self determination is a basic human right that calls upon each and everyone of us to determine his or her own future individually or collectively.
He said 43 years ago a young politician from East Sepik, MICHAEL SOMARE led a band of leaders from Papua New Guinea to blaze the trail to find a way to self determination.
President Momis said that it was very difficult as there was a lot of injustices racism and talks that the KANAKAS were not fit to run a country on their own.
But MR SOMARE had a great vision that the people of Papua New Guinea were capable.
He did not know exactly how Papua New Guinea would end up, but he was absolutely determined that whatever the outcome it must be in the best interest of the people of Papua New Guinea.
So he organized the leaders of Papua New Guinea to talk and discuss the independence of Papua New Guinea.
President Momis said that time Bougainville played a big role in the attainment of Independence of Papua New Guinea.
Two members from Bougainville were Ministers in the SOMARE cabinet, the late SIR PAUL LAPUN and the late DONATUS MOLA and the late DR. ALEXIUS SAREI was the chief of staff to MICHAEL SOMARE and the Regional member for Bougainville was the chairman of the Constitutional Planning Committee.
He said that the constitution was based on the wishes of the people of Papua New Guinea.
President Momis said that the people of Papua New Guinea did not want a highly centralized and bureaucratised Government.
The people wanted a government that can give some level of autonomy to the Provinces because PNG was a highly diversified country with many languages, cultures and customs.
He said looking back, PAPUA NEW GUINEA has moved out from the original intent and this must be corrected so that the country can move forward into the future.
President MOMIS said Bougainville was now preparing her people for the referendum that will decide the kind of Government the people would want for Bougainville.
And for Bougainville the Bougainville Peace Agreement is the only guideline that continues to guide the people.
He said although the PNG Government is not honouring the agreement, Bougainville is determined to complete the process into referendum that is just months away.
180918NOGOS ON YOUTHS
New Dawn FM News
A leader from the Peit constituency last Sunday said sorry to the BUKA ATOLLS Deanery youths if the leaders have not treated them well in the past.
MR. NOGOS the chairman of the Peit Community Government said that his Community Government was unable to help the youth conference with funding as they had no money.
He said however the people of PEIT especially around GAGAN Parish will help them with the supply of firewood, food, coconut and greens during the duration of their one week convention.
MR. NOGOS said that the youths are the future of Bougainville and they must no feel that they are rejected by their governments.
The Buka Atolls Youth conference which started last Sunday and will end next Sunday.
Participants are from Lemanmanu, Gogohe, Hahela and Buka town parishes and their mass centres.
Office of the ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS contributed FIVE THOUSAND KINA towards the event with donations from Business houses in town.
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This article was first published on 5 June
PORT MORESBY - The Asian Development Bank says it will assist Papua New Guinea address the systemic failings in its health system through a new $195 million program, but can this externally driven project successfully address the chronic problems of corruption and mismanagement in the sector?
Over the last 10 months PNGi has repeatedly exposed the systemic problems in the procurement and supply of medicines in PNG that is ultimately causing unnecessary deaths and incalculable suffering across the country.
Profiting from Sickness Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 focused attention on the abusive commercial transactions that are leading to the circulation of overpriced and substandard medical goods in our hospitals, health centres and aid posts, while Part 4 looked in detail at the problems on the logistics side of the supply chain.
In one instance, a senior Health Department official is alleged to have been paid more than K250,000 to facilitate payments to a logistics company involved in distributing medical kits. Despite the clear documented evidence of the payments, no action has been taken by the Health Secretary to refer the matter to the police.
In another, a service provider with a history of...
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