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Tuesday, 22 May

15:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

220518MOMIS SAYS ABG PRIORITY NOW IS THE COMING REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS last week told the visiting Australian High Commissioner to PNG, BRUCE DAVIES and his delegation plus the ABG Ministers, Members and the people of South Bougainville that ABG has its priorities as the date for the referendum nears.
Speaking at the Opening of the Double Classroom and a Teachers house at Buin Primary School, President MOMIS said certain things can wait after the referendum but not the preparation for the coming Referendum.
He said that Bougainville desperately needed funds to fast-tract outstanding issues to make sure all Bougainvilleans are ready and united to go for the vote in 2019.
President Momis said that the tactic that the National Government is playing to withhold funds entitled to Bougainville under the Bougainville Peace Agreement was not helping Bougainville at all.
He called on the people of Bougainville to remain united and not involve in issues that could divide the people during referendum vote next year.
President MOMIS said that UNITY was Bougainvilles most powerful bargaining power when negotiating the final status of Bougainville after referendum.

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15:07

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

220518MASIU ON BORDER SURVEILANCE DURING APEC
New Dawn FM News

The member for South Bougainville in the Papua New Guinea National Parliament and Deputy Opposition Leader, TIMOTHY MASIU wants Australia or another Pacific country to monitor the border between PNG and Solomon Islands in three areas of Bougainville.
The three areas are TASMAN Islands where Traditional border crossers from Tasman cross to Oton Java, SIROVAI in Central Bougainville where Central Bougainvilleans cross to TARO island and Gizo and at KANGU in Buin where the people of South Bougainville cross over to NILA, Shortland island and Mono island in the Solomon islands.
MR. MASIU said the Bougainville Peace Agreement forbids the Papua New Guinea Defence Force from coming to all the islands within Bougainville and must remain as it is.
He said because of the APEC meeting there is a need to monitor the movement of people within the border areas.
MR. MASIU said that they must start the Security operations on our borders quickly even before the APEC meeting is staged in November this year.
The Member for South Bougainville also mentioned this to the visiting Australian delegation in Buin last week.

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14:41

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

220518MASIU HAPPY WITH HIGH COMMISSIONER VISIT
New Dawn FM News
The member for South Bougainville in the Papua New Guinea National Parliament and Deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU last week praised the High Commissioner of Australia to Papua New Guinea, BRUCE DAVIES and his delegation for spending few days in South Bougainville.
Speaking at the dinner he hosted for the delegation in Buin, MR. MASIU said this was the first time for Buin and South Bougainville to host to a delegation in Buin town.
He said many similar visits by VIPs just stay for few hours and travel to Arawa and Buka for accommodation.
MR. MASIU said that this was a sign of confidence by the Australian team that Buin is a safe place to visit despite of negative comments by people as a place where there is no rule of law.
He said during the time the Australian High Commissioner was visiting Buin there was also the circuit of the National Court hearing cases in Buin.
MR. MASIU said that although the High Commissioner did not make any commitment he has seen for himself what South Bougainville needs at this time.

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13:06

Police farewell late Jim Namora "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

POLICE MEDIA

The senior hierarchy of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) including Commissioner Gari Baki and Minister Jelta Wong paid their last respects in a moving funeral ceremony for the late Director of the Special Services Division Chief Superintendent Jim Namora.
The body of Jim Namora at the funeral service last Friday.

The constabulary has lost a talented officer in Namora, Baki said during the funeral service at Sioni Kami Memorial Church at 5-Mile in Port Moresby last Friday.
I  have lost a good man and a talented police officer who commanded a lot of respect," he said.
"I have lost an officer who had the potential to go even further.
"We mourn his loss with his family.
Late Namora had a very colourful history.
"When he was posted in the Western Highlands Province  in 1982, I was squad commander in Wabag, in the Enga Province.
"That was my last posting before I was posted to Lae, Morobe Province,  as a Mobile Squad commander.
The Special Services Division would always be in my heart because that was where we grew up.
"That was the division that brought me as commissioner and to be a man.
"Jim is also one of the officers who has been groomed by the SSD."
Baki said he decided to take Namora out of West New Britain as the provincial police commander to be Director Special Services, because he was the best officer for the position at that time.
He said Namora accepted his appointments without any complaints at all.
Baki said Namora had left behind a legacy that was hard to fill "and we would be struggling to try as much as possible from where he has left for the RPNGC".
Wong said he wantedf all new recruits to have similar attitudes and character to policing as Namora.
He thanked family members of Namora for allowing him to serve the country.
Assistant commissioner Sylvester Kalaut, head of the police human resources division, joined the police force in 1996.
He said in his squad,  Na...

11:41

APEC Food Security forum aims at establishing Food Safety Modernization Framework "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The APEC Food Security Cooperation Forum (APEC FSCF) is working towards establishing a Food Safety Modernization Framework that looks at delivering safer food to consumers, both domestic and internationally imported food.

The APEC Food Security Cooperation Forum (APEC FSCF) is working towards establishing a Food Safety Modernization Framework that looks at delivering safer food to consumers, both domestic and internationally imported food.

Concerns over food safety in the Asia Pacific region have risen and spurred a high level collective mandate from APEC Leaders to improve safety standards and practices.

In 2007 after the formation of the APEC FSCF, a robust approach was sought to strengthening food safety standards using scientific risk-based approaches and without creating unnecessary impediments to trade.

The framework progresses the agreed goals of the FSCF thus is expected to provide guidance to APEC economies on enhancing or modernizing their food safety regulatory systems to ensure safe food for consumers and to facilitate trade.

The FSCF delegates during this Second Expert Meeting will further discuss challenges that may affect food safety from farm to table and is applicable to all foods available for sale in the domestic market of APEC economies whether it is produced domestically or imported.

While the primary focus of the framework is on food safety, it is recognized that national food safety regulatory systems will also need to protect the consumers from misrepresentation and fraud.


Source: APEC2018PNG.ORG

07:06

People moves: Credit Corporation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Changes at Credit Corporation

Credit Corporation chief executive Peter Aitsi has been appointed to the boards of Credit Corporation finance companies operating in Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Sir Wilson Kamit, CBE, and Allan Marlin have resigned from the board of Credit Corporation.

The following independent directors have been appointed: Richard Sinamoi, James Byron Kruse, Michael Varapik and Sydney George Yates.

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The post People moves: Credit Corporation appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

07:03

In brief: Possible rice agreement with the Philippines, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A possible rice deal with the Philippines; developments in gas sales; and landowner issues. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in brief

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Philippines to engage in local rice production. The move is aimed at reducing the cost of rice in PNG.

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The Papua New Guinea Government will market its own gas apart from the developer when the Papua LNG project starts, according to a report. PNGs oil and gas company Kumul Holdings, as a partner with Total SA, has come up with an agreement to have KPH staff undergo training with Total SA in Paris on marketing gas to buyers.

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A landowner representative in the Hides area of Papua New Guineas Hela Province reportedly says there are many people in the area claiming to be landowners when thats not the case. Andy Hamaga was speaking amid ongoing criticism of the governments failure to pay royalties to landowners for the huge ExxonMobil-led liquefied natural gas project.

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Prime Minister Peter ONeill has reportedly called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council to make it more relevant and responsive to security challenges facing the world. Speaking at the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) in Japan last week he said that the United Nations system had flaws which should be rectified.

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06:59

More details of Papua New Guineas APEC year revealed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Major infrastructure upgrades, visits to Papua New Guineas regions, and debate about how to maintain regional trade liberalisation in the face of growing anti-globalisation sentiment will be part of this years APEC Leaders Meeting in Port Moresby. But can PNG build on the momentum after it is over?

Charles Lepani, Director-General of the PNG APEC Authority, said at the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum in Brisbane that Jacksons International Airports capacity will be sufficient to manage the inflows and outflows on peak days.

Additional flights will be scheduled and parking capacity will also be upgraded. Additional aircraft will also fly to nearby airports, he said.

Jacksons Airport will have a runway extension, overlay and reinforcements, with apron refurbishments for VIP aircraft parking.

Charles Lepani. Source: BAI

Lepani added that good progress is being made o...

03:47

Drunk soldiers attack innocent doctor in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Drunk PNG Defence Force soldiers attacked an innocent doctor in Port Moresby last Saturday.
This is the latest episode of an army which makes war against its own people, and in a year in which the country is hosting APEC
Port Moresby General Hospital Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Training Registrar Dr Dean Wahembari, was attacked by a group of soldiers, one of which he has identified as Desmond Dusava.
National Doctors' Association president Dr James Naipao has written to NCD Police Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N'Dranou complaining about the brutality.
The letter has also been sent to PNGDF Commander Gilbert  Toropo, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Dr Umesh Gupta, and doctors throughout the country.
Naipao, who is also Chief ENT Surgeon of Department of Health, wants the soldiers responsible to be arrested and charged.
Naipao said last Saturday Wahembari, after attending to inpatients at Port Moresby General Hospital,  drove to North Waigani after picking his wife to pick up their son at a friends house.
"By 6.30pm, Dr Wahembari drove and parked his car next to his colleagues house gate," Naipao said.
"He could hear noise and people talking from the neighboring house.
"After five minutes, a group of people numbering six or so that were in that neighboring house, walked up to the doctors front gate where Dr Wahembari was standing to pick up his son.
"All started throwing punches at him.
"At Dr Wahembaris surprise, he knew one of the person that attacked him.
"His name is Desmond Dusava, who is a private soldier in the Defence Force.
" Dr Wahembari asked Desmond why he was punching him, however, this group who were intoxicated from alcohol kept throwing punches and dragged him to the main road, punched him down and started kicking him with solid boots.
"The last he could remember is a bottle being smashed into his head.
"He become unconscious only to awoken with continuous slapping with sandals and boots to his face.
"Dr Wahembaris wife tried her best telling this group to stop but the kicking and the punching continued.
"Whilst continuing the attack, Dr Wahembari overheard Desmond mentioning something about his late father - Otto Dusava -  who was managed by ENT Team at Port Moresby General Hospital.
"Dr Wahembari got to his feet bleeding from his face and with the help of his colleagues father, he was taken inside his colleagues residence.
" For a while, he was imprisoned there unable to go to the hospital and seek police help because of continuous threats and use of obscene languages by Desmond and his mob.
"At around 8.30pm, a police dog unit arrived at the scene but the policemen in that vehicle knew the mob so did nothing. "Dr Wa...

01:38

Malaria Elimination Program in place in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Papua New Guinea National Department of Health (NDoH) Secretary Pascoe Kase signed a Certificate of Donation of Antimalarial Drugs on Friday, last week at National Health Headquarters in Port Moresby.

Department of Health in the Guangdong Province, China donated the gift valued at K160, 000.00 (50 thousand US dollars) while witnessed by health department staff and chinses officials.

Under the terms of the Certificate, the Bureau of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Guangdong Province of Peoples Republic of China will donate 20,000 doses of the antimalarial drugs call; Artequick.

The active ingredient of Artequick is Artemisinin which is an organic compound derived from the Artemisia Annua Plant, which is commonly known as Sweet Wormwood or Qing Hao in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The plant has been used by the Chinese for at least 2,000 years to treat fevers, including Malaria. It is now used for this purpose in modern medicine. The antimalarial research team of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine have been researching the use of Artemisinin-based combination therapy to eliminate malaria.

The Director of Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong, Xuqingfeng Xuqingfeng advised that Artequick has been recognized as being effective in fighting malaria by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

It (Artequick) was introduced in Comoros, which was a high malaria epidemic area in 2006 and succeeded in reducing deaths and illness in a short period, Xuqingfeng said.

He claimed that Seminars have been hosted in Kenya and other parts of Africa and the drug is demonstrated to be working well.

In Guangdong Province, we have eliminated malaria, he said adding that Vietnam was now using the Artequick program to eliminate Malaria.

Secretary Kase noted that within Papua New Guinea, Kiriwina Island of Milne bay Province is rolling out the Artequick program and the NDoH is watching the results closely. He further added that that Malaria remains responsible for one of the highest rates of death in the country and Artequick holds great hope for seeing a strong decline in this death rate.

Kase stated that We are seeing good results in this trial, with up to 80-98% relief experienced on the island. The Department is looking to finalise its report on the trial and brief the government on recommended action as soon as possible....

01:22

PANGU PATI mediation meeting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"




By Solomon Puana

Party faction and dispute has become a concern for some Political Parties in the country and
Pangu is one of those parties that is greatly affected by this experiences. On Wednesday 24th of
January this year, a mediation was held at the Office of the Registry of Political Parties, which was
directed to by the National Court to be mediated in the presence of the Registrar of the Registry
of Political Parties. The mediation was basically about the court proceeding between two disputing
parties within Pangu Party and at the same time to comply with the Directional Orders of the
National Court as issued by His Honour, Justice Ere Kariko on the 06th December, 2017 to mediate
on, or before the 24th January 2018.The parties find a way forward in the proceeding instituted
by the President and General Secretary of Pangu Party, asserting their appointments and election
as the duly appointed, and or elected Executives of the Party.
The Direction Orders issued by the Court were eleven (11) in total, however, both parties
agreed to narrow down the Directional Orders to three (3) main issues as proposed agendas, and
or issues for the purpose of the mediation, which were: Declaration of the First Plaintiff as the
National President of Pangu Party and Declaration of the Second Plaintiff as the General Secretary
of Pangu Party; Cost of the Proceedings; and Any other matters. These three (3) main issues and
or agendas were agreed to by both parties prior to and at the mediation.

The members present included the senior staff of the Registry, led by Mr John Bishop, who
chaired the meeting on behalf of the Registrar, who was away due to illness. Other staff present
in the mediation meeting were: Mr Emmanuel Pok, Mr Kennedy Pais and Mr Solomon Puana.
The disputing parties who were present in the meeting and or mediation were: for the Defendants;
the Pangu Party Parliamentary Leader, Honourable Mr Sam Basil; the Party Council Members
and Miss Julie Kaname (Suspended Female Vice-President), Mr Sinaka Rea (Council Member),
Mr Nelson Tuka (Council Member), and Mr Ronald Ababa from Henao Lawyers, representing
the Defendants, Honourable Mr Sam Basil and Mr Sinaka Rea. For the Plaintif...

01:16

Another world class mining company in a corruption scandal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Glencore shares drop nearly 7% on report of SFO probe

Henry Sanderson | Financial Times | May 18, 2018

Shares in Glencore fell by their most in almost two years on Friday after a report said the miner may face a bribery probe by the UKs Serious Fraud Office over its ties to Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The SFO is planning to seek formal approval for a probe into Glencores dealings in the country with its former business partner Mr Gertler, Bloomberg News reported. Mr Gertler was sanctioned by the US in December for his opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals, in DRC. 

Mr Gertler previously owned stakes in Glencores two key projects in the resource-rich country, before Glencore bought him out for $960m in 2017. 

Glencore shares fell 6.8% per cent to 370.75p after the news. 

The reported possible probe is the latest setback for FTSE 100 member Glencore over its activities in the DRC. Last month the countrys state-owned miner Gecamines launched legal action against the company seeking to dissolve its joint venture Katanga copper mine, saying Glencore had drained it of money....

01:06

Wafi Golpu mine would be good for the wider Papua New Guinea economy, says executive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The proposed Wafi Golpu mine will contribute to the diversification of Papua New Guineas economy, according to Craig Jones, Executive General Manager Wafi Golpu at Newcrest Mining. He told the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum in Brisbane that, if the project gets the go-ahead, it will help local agriculture.

Wafi Golpus Craig Jones. Source: BAI

Jones comments reflect a growing inclination among resources companies to present their operations as being good for the overall economy, not just good business.

There are many opportunities for the mining industry to contribute to the diversification of the Papua New Guinea economy through smart and sustainable development, Jones said.

Wafi Golpu is a case in point, as the development of the mines infrastructure paves the way for a substantial agricultural industry.

Jones pointed to proposed new roads that will open up the region, from the Highlands Highway to the Bulolo Highway.

New infrastructure for the Wafi Golpu mine, a joint venture project between Newcrest and Harmony Gold, could create the opportunity for up to 10,000 hectares of land in the Watut River valley to be used for agricultural purposes.

The extractive industries are likely to remain critical to the future.

The joint venture has a strong focus on unlocking Morobes agribusiness potential.

Diversification

Jones emphasis on stimulating local, non-resource industry benefits may be designed to counter critics within PNG who argue that extractive companies do not pay sufficient tax and that the tax laws should be changed.

As the Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs, Paul Barker, noted in the forum, according to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the State currently receives more income tax from resource company employees than it does from the companies th...

01:03

Kumul Petroleum MD believes step change needed to achieve electrification targets in Papua New Guiea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Managing Director of state-owned Kumul Petroleum Holdings, Wapu Sonk, believes a step change is needed in the electrification of Papua New Guinea. He agrees that some gas production should be reserved for domestic production.

Kumul Petroleums Wapu Sonk Credit: WBG

Speaking in London, Sonk said that new initiatives will be required if the PNG government is to meet its target of 70 per cent of households electrified by 2030.

Today we still have less than 50 per cent of PNG households with access to electricity. It is clear that we are not going to get anywhere near the critical point, the target.

It simply is not working and we need some step change so that we can close that gap.

While the oil and gas industry is not really responsible for building power lines, wires and posts, we believe that reserving some of the gas production for use domestically will allow clean energy power to be generated to meet this demand.

Inflection point

Sonk argued that electrification is critical for the development of an industrial base and sustainable development in PNG.

He said it will not only contribute to direct and indirect employment, it can also help the country to diversify from extractive industries which is so critical for sustainability.

Sonk said the 70 per cent figure is an inflection point. He pointed to the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), a composite of health, education and income measures.

It is quite clear that household electrification and HDI are related, he said.

Third party access policy allows for access to pipelines on reasonable commercial terms.

[When] we look at what happens if we reach 70 per cent electrification, the HDI increases from 0.5 to 0.7.

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00:21

Policy Proposals to improve governance and service delivery "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea is facing some serious governance challenges that are inhibiting economic development and service delivery and affecting the health and wellbeing of ordinary citizens, but what reforms are needed to ensure things improve?

To help address this question, ACT NOW! has developed a set of fifteen policy proposals that it has set out in a consultation document.

The proposals, which range from a freedom of information law to greater devolution of powers to the Provinces, have been developed to promote openness and transparency, improve integrity and accountability, empower citizens, and harness new technologies to make government more effective and accountable and ensure the aspiration of our National Goals. 

The proposed measures will support and enable greater civic participation in government decision making, increase the available information about government activities, and promote the highest standards of professional integrity. 

The policy proposals can be downloaded from the ACT NOW! website and comments and feedback are welcome so the proposals can be further developed into an effective and comprehensive guide. This will be used to help inform government, business, civil society and multinational agencies and feed into existing and future reform efforts.

Any comments and other feedback can be sent to info@actnowpng.org

00:00

Opinion: Why Papua New Guinea is a unique tourism destination "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea offers some unique tourism options, according to Bob Bates, owner of Trans Niugini Tours. But he says it has some distinct challenges as well.

Trans Niugini Tours Ambua Lodge. Source: TNT

What does Papua New Guinea have to offer the international visitor? The country is part of a huge island with its northern border the equator. In fact, it is the second largest island on earth (Greenland is the largest).

It would take two hours in a jet to fly the length of the island.

PNG still has large tracts of Amazon jungle-type rainforests and occasional snow-capped mountainsand every ecosystem that you can imagine in between. The main central range down the centre is the highest mountain range between the Himalayas and the Andes.

Recent earthquakes caused by the Australasian Plate sliding up over the Asian plate mean the mountains are getting even higher.

The perceived law and order problem is probably the largest factor in limiting the growth of tourism in PNG.

If we hang around for another million years we might see our Mount Wilhelm become higher than Mount Everest. That would create a great tourist attraction!

Little interference

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Monday, 21 May

21:00

Hard going for the Tkatchenkos in developing their Brisbane estate "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Architect's drawing of the main building
Architect's drawing of the ornate main building with its feature cupula planned for the Tkatchenko estate

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA Papua New Guinea's sports and APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko and his wife Catherine are being frustrated by 178 pesky neighbours and the powerful city council in creating their dream estate in the Brisbane suburb of Brookfield.

The Tkatchenkos intend to build an ornate main dwelling, a three bedroom second dwelling, two pavilions, a large greenhouse, a big gym, an ornamental lake with two fountains, a 25 metre swimming pool, animal stables and a 30 aviary complex for 600 finches.

And now the saga of the property at 15 Upper Brookfield Road that they purchased for $1.77 million in 2015 has made it all the way to the courts.

The Tkatchenkos have lawyered up to fight for their rights as they struggle with Brisbane City Council over what to the naked eye is a lavish multi-million dollar transformation of the mini-estate.

Aerial view
Aerial view of the Tkatchenko estate (the area contained within the blue perimeter line)

The Brookfield property is a substantial 8.5 acres and supplements the Tkatchenkos other $1.1m investment home in the prestigious Brisbane suburb...

20:00

It's difficult to be enthusiastic about APEC's immense cost "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

WatnaMori
Watna Mori - government still owes much money from past spending on public spectacles

WATNA MORI | The Interpreter | Lowy Institute

PORT MORESBY - It is not clear when the big-man politics in Papua New Guineas foreign policy began.

It was likely during the prime ministership of Sir Michael Somare in the early 2000s, when he pushed for PNG to be an aid donor to the region.

At the time, and to this day, PNG continues to be Australias largest aid recipient, so Somares aim seemed hugely ironic. The ambition kicked off debates in the national newspapers between Somares cohorts and critics.

With the exit of Somare and the entry of Peter ONeill, the benevolence grew. In 2013, ONeill unveiled the Pacific aid program and proceeded to make donations to various Pacific countries, including a whopping US$18.5 million of funding for the Fiji national elections in 2014.

The ONeill government also needed to deliver on several infrastructure-heavy commitments made in the heat of promised liquefied natural gas (LNG) returns. These included the Melanesian Arts Festival in July 2014 and the South Pacific Games in July 2015.

The Melanesian Arts Festival was a last-minute scramble, hosted in makeshift premises. The South Pacific Games, although heralded a success, went ahead with several venues incomplete.

However, this didnt stop then sports minister Justin Tkatchenko and then Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio from announcing a possible bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Three years later, some of the South Pacific Games venues are still to be completed, others are not open to the general public and many have been closed temporarily due to unpaid service bills accumulated from the Games.

This is an example of what may happen to the infrastructure being built now to host the APEC summit in November this year, which expects to see leaders from 21 economies, and potentially thousands of officials and delegates, visit Port Moresby.

In the absence of accurate government facts and figures on the ec...

19:00

Short term gloom, long term boom: mixed message on economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kishti-Sen2
Kishti Sen - PNG has significant short term economic problems but beyond that a resources comeback makes future looks good

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA Kishti Sen, an economist with the ANZ Banking Group, has offered a mixed message about Papua New Guineas economic prospects.

At a recent business conference in Brisbane he warned companies in PNG to run a tight ship, have lean operations and survive two to three years.

But he reassured them, saying there will be significant returns to be had once the mining recovery starts.

Sen said PNGs growth rate was forecast to be 2% both this year and in 2019, well below PNGs long-term average.

If you look back 27 years, you get long average growth of about 4% a year. So 2% is well below and it means you cant absorb the increase in the labour force to keep unemployment steady.

But he was more optimistic about the medium term future.

For the next decade, PNG is setting itself up for very strong growth. It is a good opportunity for the government to secure a broad-based economy once the boom ends.

The government wants to live within its means, it has a debt-to-GDP ratio it wants to adhere to. It has to think about the credit rating agencies as well.

There are reports of cash flow problems. It is something that needs a solution.

But they know this is not the time for austerity. They have to come in and give some stimulus to move the economy along but they are limited in what they can do.

That leaves the economy in the doldrums until the next mining boom happens, he said, adding that importers are struggling but there are limits on what the government can do about the economic slowdown.

There are reports of cash flow problems, Sen said. It is something that needs a solution.

Investors are willing to invest in PNG if they cant get their profits out of the country.

The kina is overvalued and it needs to get to its fair value as quickly as possible because, once it gets to its fair v...

14:56

Work starts on Southern Highlands - Gulf Highway "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THE Southern Highlands-Gulf Highway is no longer a dream construction and sealing work have started on the first section, Works Secretary David Wereh says.

Wereh told The National yesterday that connecting Southern Highlands and Gulf was one of the countrys major missing links and was also a key access route that the government was committed to deliver.

It is very important for our people and the country to know that the Southern Highlands-Gulf Highway is a reality now, he said.

The first section of the highway from Walum Junction to Yalo is already being sealed and the contractors are currently building and sealing the road from Yalo to Kagua station.

Wereh said tenders for construction and sealing works from Kagua station to Erave would be out shortly and contractors would be engaged to continue the work from Kagua station to Erave and all the way to Simbriki.

From Simbriki, it will go all the way to Kikori, Gulf and link up with the Maghi Highway so people can travel to Port Moresby.

Wereh said despite the tough financial situation facing the country and the government, smart and efficient management of limited resources available through commitment, love and passion for work was crucial to deliver services to the people.

We are not only concentrating on construction work but are conscious of the quality of work contractors are doing and we are engaging them on a performance basis, Wereh said.

They will have to prove to us that they are doing quality work for us to engage them or otherwise we will get rid of them and engage other contractors who can do the job thats worth the money we pay them.

Picture: Left; Works Secretary, Mr David Wereh and (right) Works Minister Nali

14:52

PNG states position on North Korea and UN reforms "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea  Prime Minister, Peter ONeill  has highlighted Papua New Guineas position on significant regional and global foreign policy issues at the meeting of Pacific Leaders in Japan.
Speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8), the Prime Minister highlighted the Governments position in relation to tensions on the Korean Peninsula and reform of the United Nations Security Council.
There is no doubt the we live in complicated times in the global political context, the Prime Minister said.
There have been changes in the leadership of a number of governments, the Brexit vote and conflict in Syria with all of its human rights ramifications, just to name a few.
It is times like these that Nation States must work together through global forums.
We must work through the United Nations, but we know the UN system has its flaws and is need of reform.
In particular, Papua New Guinea calls for reforms in the United Nations Security Council so that it is more relevant and responsive to security challenges that are faced in the world today.
Leaders at PALM8 further discussed tensions with North Korea and the implications this has at a regional level.
A crucial issue the world is dealing with today is finding a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
If conflict was to return there would be serious implications for all nations of the Asia-Pacific.
For many decades, the leadership of North Korea have acted in a deeply disturbing manner and violated acceptable rules of behaviour and decency.
Papua New Guinea further shares the concerns of the International Community over nuclear tests by North Korea.
Our PALM host, Japan, is further facing an ongoing threat of conflict and the risks posed by missile tests.
We also know of Japanese citizens being abducted, which is a violation of human rights and we support Japan in dealing with this matter.
Papua New Guinea welcomes current negotiations taking place as a means to successfully address the Korean Peninsula issue.
We must always work together and find political solutions in order to prevent war.

14:45

Economic Growth comes from inclusive approach,says PNG PM O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister,  Peter ONeill  has highlighted the importance of ensuring countries draw on their own internal strengths and capabilities and build partnerships in order to enhance economic development.
PM ONeill was speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8) today in Iwaki City, in Japan, where he said co-operation is essential but countries must take charge of their own responsibilities.
While overseas assistance plays an important role in achieving our development goals, we must rely more on ourselves, the Prime Minister said at the PALM8 Meeting.
Driving our own economic growth is fundamental to the development in our country.
And as we have learned in Papua New Guinea, economic growth must be inclusive.
This is an essential part of APEC in 2018 that has the theme of Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.
Delivering true economic growth is all about building partnerships across the country.
Government cannot advance an economy alone and we must work with the private sector, NGOs and Churches to achieve better health outcomes for our people.
This is particularly important in delivering the foundations for any healthy economy, particularly such as sectors including education and healthcare.
We must look at better ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of healthcare, including the way we deal with infectious diseases.
This includes the fight against tuberculosis through the provision of medical equipment and better communication.
PALM, since its inception in 1997, has contributed to critical key development areas in infrastructure, education, health and transportation.
The Prime Minister further welcomed the proposed PALM Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy that aims to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
This is based on values we all share and the three pillars of the strategy are consistent with our policy agenda.
These include the Pursuit of economic prosperity and Commitment to peace and stability.

13:37

PNG Government plans Air Niugini Pacific route "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The government plans to extend its Air Niugini service all Pacific Island nations soon including other countries that matter bilaterally.

Two air service agreements were signed at the recent 8th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting in Japan.

In Iwaki, Prime Minister Peter ONeill signed an agreement with Marshall Islands President Dr Hilda Heine to enable the countrys flag carrier to start flights service there immediately.

Basically, it has been agreed already by our officials and for us to enforce it, ONeill said at the signing ceremony.

We have agreed to the air service agreement between the two countries at the margins of PALM 8.

I know the officials of both sides have worked hard at finalising the agreement and this signing ceremony reflects our commitment in making sure that the relationship between our two countries continue to be beneficial to both Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea.

I want to thank you for allowing us to fly into your country and hopefully those services will benefit fully Papua New Guinea and Marshall Islands in the future.

Thank you Prime Minister, as you know this is a long awaited moment for us, as we know we waited a long time and finding an ideal time and I guess PALM 8 is ideal time to put our signatures to the paper, President Heine said.

I want to thank you on behalf of the people of Marshall Islands, seeing the challenge Marshall Islands face, transportation is essential service, this means a lot to us.

This commitment by your government and our relationship is very important and I want to thank you very much for this.

The inaugural flight is now being arranged and once all instruments are ready, Air Niugini will service the air route, ONeill said.

Also last week, Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono signed the Air Service Agreement between PNG and Japan....PACNEWS

13:33

PNG pushes for UN reform "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill has called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council to make it more relevant and responsive to security challenges facing the world.

He also told the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (Palm) in Japan last week that the United Nations system had flaws which should be rectified.

It is times like these that nation States must work together through global forums. We must work through the United Nations. But we know the UN system has its flaws and is need of reform, he said.

In particular, PNG calls for reforms in the UN Security Council so that it is more relevant and responsive to security challenges faced in the world today.

He also called on North Korea to stop its nuclear tests and work with the international community to maintain peace in the Korean Peninsula.

A crucial issue the world is dealing with today is finding a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. If conflict was to return, there would be serious implications for all nations of the Asia Pacific region, he said.

For many decades, the leadership of North Korea have acted in a deeply disturbing manner and violated acceptable rules of behaviour and decency.

PNG shares the concerns of the international community over nuclear tests by North Korea.

Our PALM host, Japan, is further facing an ongoing threat of conflict and the risks posed by missile tests. We also know of Japanese citizens being abducted, which is a violation of human rights. And we support Japan in dealing with this matter.

Papua New Guinea welcomes current negotiations taking place as a means to successfully address the Korean Peninsula issue. We must always work together and find political solutions in order to prevent war.

He said we lived in complicated times in the global political context.

There have been changes in the leadership of a number of governments, the Brexit vote and conflict in Syria with all of its human rights ramifications, just to name a few, he said.

He told the leaders meeting in Iwaki City that they must be self-reliant.

While overseas assistance plays an important role in achieving our development goals, we must rely more on ourselves, he said.

Driving our own economic growth is fundamental to the development in our cou...

06:34

There is No Democracy in a Revolution, and There is No Democracy in a Government Too "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

West Papuans are still fighting for independence, and we are starting to grasp the feeling of living in a democratic world, both within Indonesia and within ULMWP organisation. There is a  misunderstanding among us West Papuans, because we think we know democracy than those Indonesians, but in reality, we are just "dreaming of it", without

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Quire  four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves, as in medieval manuscripts; a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering; any collection of leaves one within another in a manuscript or book; 25 (formerly 24) sheets of paper; one twentieth of a ream; choir.

03:02

US report warns about China's 'debt book diplomacy' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

aninews.in | May 20, 2018

Washington D.C. [United States of America], May 20 (ANI): The U.S. State Department, has in a secret report commissioned by it recently, warned that China is offering a hundred billion dollars worth of loans to Australia's smaller regional neighbours in a bid to gain economic leverage and strategic and military prowess in the Asia Pacific region.

According to an article published by the Australian Financial Review (AFR), at least 16 states, including Vanuatu, The Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tonga and Micronesia and Papua New Guinea are falling for China's so-called "debt book diplomacy".
For example, the AFR article cites the case of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Historically, it has been in Australia's orbit, and now, news is in circulation that it has accepted Chinese loans that it possibly cannot afford to repay.
What concerns both Washington and Canberra is the fact that PNG is strategically located in the Asia-Pacific region and has significant liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other resource reserves which Beijing could have access to in the long term.
The AFR quotes co-author and Harvard researcher Sam Parker, as saying, "China is giving hundreds of billions to countries that cannot afford to repay it, and it's going to want something in return for that money."
He adds, "China's public-private economic model makes it possible to transform economic debt into strategic influence and wealth."
According to the State Department commissioned secret report, China is spreading its wings in the Asia-Pacific region and is well on its way to ousting the United States as a power to be reckoned with in the region.
Taking advantage of President Donald Trump's lack of economic commitment to the region, Beijing has been providing infrastructure financing to countries through the one trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), using institutions like the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank.
The State Department commissioned report warns that this "debt book diplomacy is l...

02:42

LNG project that promised economic boom leaves PNG in worse state: report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Isabel Esterman / Mongabay. 

  • Proponents of PNG LNP, an ExxonMobil-led natural gas project in Papua New Guinea, predicted it would bring massive economic benefits to landowners and to the country as a whole.
  • According to two recent reports by the Jubilee Australia Research Centre, PNGs economy is worse off than it would have been without the project.
  • Jubilee Australia also links the PNG LNG project to an upswing of violence in the areas around the plant.

In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the development predicted it would underpin the countrys economy for decades.

Production began in 2014, and now reaches approximately 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. However, according to two recent reports by advocacy group Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the PNG LNG project has not only exacerbated conflict and inequality in the Papua New Guinea highlands, it has also failed to produce the promised benefits. According to Jubilee Australias analysis, PNGs economy would be better off if the gas had been left in the ground.

Predicted economic impacts of the PNG LNG project compared to actual impacts (based on Jubilee Australias analysis of underlying economic trends). While exports have exceeded expectations, GDP growth has been slower than forecast and income, employment and government spending have dropped. Image courtesy of Jubilee Australia.

Big promises

When pitching the project, developers made big promises about the economic and social benefits the megaproject would bring to the country.

One influential 2008 study, an economic impact analysis commissioned by ExxonMobil and authored by Australian con...

02:38

JUSTIN TKATCHENKO FOOLED EVERYONE, EM PASIM AI BILONG YUPLA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


JUSTIN TKATCHENKO WAS STILL MP AND GOVERNMENT MINISTER WHILE HOLDING ONTO HIS AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP Where is the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)? If you are a foreigner and trying to purchase your first property in Australia, your application to purchase is strictly processed by that Board. Ted Taru a PNG National went thru the process, paid a nonrefundable fee of $15,000 to instigate the process. You are asked all sorts of questions like, where did you get the money, how you get it, contract documents, bank accounts etc.....very very scary but he did get his approval and bought the property in Cairns eventually. Now the question is.....was that Gardener cum MP an Australian citizen when he bought those properties? If that was the case he wasn't questioned because he doesn't have to go thru the FIRB as an Australian citizen, and on the other hand, was he qualified and eligible to contest the National Elections if he can easily acquire those properties with ease!? He circumvented laws and regulations here and in Australia! Investigations is a must The owner of a Brookfield property is battling Brisbane City Council and a local residents group to build an aviary big enough to house 600 finches alongside her home. Catherine Tkatchenko, whose husband is Papua New Guinea cabinet minister Justin Tkatchenko, paid $1.77 million for the 34,470sq m Brookfield Road site in 2015. The couple also own a $1.1m house at Fig Tree Pocket, in Brisbanes west. Plans lodged with the council in 2016 proposed a 320sq m house almost 11m in height, 30 aviaries over 380sq m, plus a lake, fountain, pool and small animal stables. In response to the plans, 178 residents lodged objections that raised concerns about noise and odours from the aviaries and stables, and described the buildings as an eyesore. A seven-page submission from the community-based Rural Environment Planning Association said the scale of an...

02:26

Focus on What You Can Do and What You Should Do "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Get distracted by side-events or non-elemental aspects of a game is always disastrous for a soccer team, particularly for a striker or a goal-keeper when facing the ball in the foot or in front of the goal-keeper. Stickers should forget anything and everything else, and focus only on the "ball", when they are in the

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01:24

Group questions Namatanai MPs stance on seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Carmella Gware | Loop PNG | May 19, 2018

recent response by the Namatanai MP on Radio New Zealand over the experimental seabed mining has not gone down well with some locals.

In the May 16th article, Walter Schnaubelt was reported to have said though  too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining, that doesnt mean that we just shut the door.

Schnaubelt further said he was keeping an open mind on potential seabed mining, and he would maintain a neutral stand until adequate information on the benefits of the Solwara 1 project are made available to him.

Following his statement, the Alliance of Solwara Warriors said as an educated elite, Schnaubelt has to come out clear on his stance, as being neutral only indicates two reasons:

  • The benefits of seabed mining to support his election promises
  • And to swing when people react as it will have a political implication
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01:14

PM O'Neill: Economic growth comes from inclusive spproach "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has highlighted the importance of ensuring countries draw on their own internal strengths and capabilities and build partnerships in order to enhance economic development.
ONeill was speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8) on Saturday in Iwaki City, in Japan, where he said co-operation is essential but countries must take charge of their own responsibilities.
While overseas assistance plays an important role in achieving our development goals, we must rely more on ourselves, he said at the PALM8 Meeting.
Driving our own economic growth is fundamental to the development in our country.
And as we have learned in Papua New Guinea, economic growth must be inclusive.
This is an essential part of APEC in 2018 that has the theme of Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.
Delivering true economic growth is all about building partnerships across the country.
Government cannot advance an economy alone and we must work with the private sector, NGOs and churches to achieve better health outcomes for our people.
This is particularly important in delivering the foundations for any healthy economy, particularly such as sectors including education and healthcare.
We must look at better ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of healthcare, including the way we deal with infectious diseases.
This includes the fight against tuberculosis through the provision of medical equipment and better communication.
PALM, since its inception in 1997, has contributed to critical key development areas in infrastructure, education, health and transportation."
O'Neill further welcomed the proposed PALM Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy that aims to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
This is based on values we all share and the three pillars of the strategy are consistent with our policy agenda.
These include the Pursuit of economic prosperity and Commitment to peace and stability," he said.

01:04

Papua New Guinea states position on North Korea and UN reform "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has highlighted Papua New Guineas position on significant regional and global foreign policy issues at the meeting of Pacific Leaders in Japan.
Speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8), he highlighted the Governments position in relation to tensions on the Korean Peninsula and reform of the United Nations Security Council.
There is no doubt the we live in complicated times in the global political context, O'Neill said.
There have been changes in the leadership of a number of governments, the Brexit vote and conflict in Syria with all of its human rights ramifications, just to name a few.
It is times like these that Nation States must work together through global forums.
We must work through the United Nations, but we know the UN system has its flaws and is need of reform.
In particular, Papua New Guinea calls for reforms in the United Nations Security Council so that it is more relevant and responsive to security challenges that are faced in the world today.
Leaders at PALM8 further discussed tensions with North Korea and the implications this has at a regional level.
A crucial issue the world is dealing with today is finding a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula," O'Neill said
If conflict was to return there would be serious implications for all nations of the Asia-Pacific.
For many decades, the leadership of North Korea have acted in a deeply disturbing manner and violated acceptable rules of behaviour and decency. 
Papua New Guinea further shares the concerns of the International Community over nuclear tests by North Korea.
Our PALM host, Japan, is further facing an ongoing threat of conflict and the risks posed by missile tests.
We also know of Japanese citizens being abducted, which is a violation of human rights and we support Japan in dealing with this matter.
Papua New Guinea welcomes current negotiations taking place as a means to successfully address the Korean Peninsula issue.
We must always work together and find political solutions in order to prevent war.

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