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NFA Pays K60mil Again in Dividends

By : The National

 

THE National Fisheries Authority (NFA) paid another K60 million in dividends to the Government in Port Moresby on Friday.

It paid K60 million earlier this year.

Fisheries Minister Patrick Basa handed the cheque to Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari who stood in for Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel.

Basa said the K60 million was the second batch of dividends which NFA was paying in the 2017 fiscal year.

“Similar to other State-owned enterprises (SOEs), NFA is required to pay dividends to the Government.

“Since the restructure and reorganisation of NFA in 2001, the authority has paid K396,250,000 as dividends to the Government.”

Basa said the National Fisheries Authority has ceased paying dividends in 2008, 2010 and 2011 as per the Government directions for the surplus funds to be invested in impact fisheries projects to grow the industry and develop coastal as well as aquaculture fisheries. “In 2012, NFA resumed paying dividends to the Government. In 2017 fiscal year, NFA, will be paying K150 million in dividends,” he said.

“NFA has already paid K60 million to the Government. We are now paying K60 million and the remaining K30 million will be paid before the end of the year.”

Managing director John Kasu said NFA was a self-financing government authority that generated its funding through statutory and access fees from the fishing industry.

“These fees form the bulk of our revenue which the authority funds and maintains its operations as well as funds impact fisheries projects such as the coastal fisheries development agencies, inland fish farming, funding fisheries colleges, funding and building jetties, fish markets and other projects to meet the Government’s goals and objectives,” Kasu said.
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Govt to Persue PMIZ Project in Madang

By : Post Courier

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the government will continue to pursue the multi-million kina Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project in Madang.

Mr O’Neill said this while delivering his keynote address to the Pacific and global delegates, including policy makers and industry representatives.

The intent behind this project is to create a regional tuna processing hub for the Pacific region.

The Prime Minister said the funding arrangements were now in place and construction would commence soon affirming earlier announcements by the Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry, Wera Mori, that the China Exim Bank had agreed to fund the new project plan with a K350 million (USD 152m) concessional loan.

The project will be developed over 215 hectares (ha) of land, of which approximately 100 ha would host canneries and 115ha for residential and commercial purposes.

The Government expects the project will generate 30,000 jobs, and once fully developed, will house 10 tuna processing plants for tuna caught in PNG and the Pacific.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister assured that the government of PNG is committed to building the necessary support infrastructure, which besides the PMIZ, include facilities which will enable fishermen and women and processors to bring their fish into ports in a timely manner and have them processed at a reasonable cost.

He said the government was exploring funding options for the Wagang Port in Lae, Morobe province, which will be a dedicated fisheries port.

“We want this critical infrastructure to commence construction soon.”

Pacific Tuna Forum – O’Neill speech

 

At the 6th Pacific Tuna Forum

 

Under the theme:

“Fostering Greater Social, Economic and Financial Benefits – Through Sustainable Management and Development of Tuna Resources”

 

13 September 2017

 

Good Morning,

 

It is a pleasure for Papua New Guinea to host this very prestigious 6th Pacific Tuna Forum.

 

Tuna is indeed the natural resource that binds the peoples and Governments of the Pacific Islands together.

 

Tuna is also the major revenue earner for many of our Governments in the Pacific, and for some, it is their single source of revenue.

 

The importance placed on this resource cannot be overstated.

 

Even back in the 1970s, one of the main policy agendas of many Governments was co-operation together to manage their tuna resources.

 

This bi-annual Pacific Tuna Forum is an initiative of the Papua New Guinea Government, through the National Fisheries Authority, when it was first held here in 2007.

 

Today, it is held in Partnership with INFO-FISH, and our Regional Fisheries Management Organizations.

 

This 3rd forum to be hosted in Papua New Guinea, and also includes the inaugural fishery technology expo that was held yesterday.

 

This forum is a premier tuna industry meeting in the Pacific region.

 

I welcome all policy makers, fishery managers, NGOs and industry leaders from around the world, who are with us here today.

 

The theme of this Forum, focusing on “Greater Social, Economic and Financial Benefits Through Sustainable Management” is very timely.

 

This theme also resonates quote well with the theme of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum in Apia last week, that very much focused on sustainable development, management and conservation of the Blue Pacific.

 

At the Leaders’ meetings in Apia, we urged the establishment and mainstreaming of regional Minimum Terms and Conditions in all areas of investment and development.

 

This includes a focus on the environment, and compliance across all marine sectors, particularly fisheries.

 

We are placing our support behind a number of initiatives and export standards.

 

This includes Competent Authorities and Catch Documentation Schemes in our region’s small Island economies.

 

As a region we have access to over 50 percent of world tuna supplies.

 

However, the major markets for tuna are not within our region.

 

Papua New Guinea, through the National Fisheries Authority, recognised the importance of expanding our markets.

 

We have established a Trade Lobby Committee which is comprised of both Government and industry representatives.

 

The aim of this committee is to explore and develop new markets.

 

We must be proactive, and go out and look for markets for our fisheries products if we are to have a viable industry into the future.

 

But Pacific Island Nations need to maintain focus on what we must do to ensure we have a viable fisheries sector for our children and their futures.

 

We are building upon the 2016 Forum Communique calling for all high seas bunkering of purse seiners – to be forced into our zones and under license.

 

As part of this, we must broaden this to include long line transhipping and bunkering operations.

 

We have to work together to further prevent illegal activities.

 

Building upon the success of PNA nations in managing the purse seine fishery, we further urge Small Island Nations to use their strength in number, for greater leverage on their interests and to safeguard the interests of our countries.

 

As Pacific Island States we need to steer our destiny in zone and in self-determination, and ensure benefits go to the people and economies.

 

We must do this rather than struggle with external dictates by those believing they have paternalistic rights to our fish and our waters.

 

Overall we need to strengthen Pacific solidarity in ensuring collective efforts for joint initiatives for improved ownership, participation and returns from the Blue Pacific.

 

This needs to be through specific initiatives in the sectors such as fishing, processing, transport, trade, and food security.

 

We can build upon the successes of our regional brand for niche products, and ensure that we have the right standards.

 

I urge that we ensure that our operators are provided with more opportunities and supported by the government in the sector.

 

This can be support through the development of partner funded initiatives, so we are not just seeing 100% foreign ventures promoted in these sectors throughout the region.

 

We need genuine joint ventures.

 

We also encourage PPP initiatives, especially in port services, processing and cold store infrastructure development.

 

In my view there is has great potential for our economies, particularly in port waste management for the sector, and this has the added benefit of helping to preserve the natural environment.

 

We need to develop more downstream processing and provide more spin-off business opportunities for our people.

 

All too often we see the tuna sector that is alienating itself from pour people, and particularly our SMEs.

 

We must create more opportunities so that is industry can continue to provide, more support for labour mobility, and making sure that there are more income-earning opportunities for our coastal communities throughout the Pacific Island Nations.

 

These untapped resources, and the opportunities that are available, must be accessed at sea and onshore.

 

Our Government today, is taking a stand against those non-preforming ventures.

 

We are now going to review over the next three months.

 

We are going to review many of these ventures, and the agreements that we have, because as I said at the Pacific Islands’ Forum last week.

 

For far too long in our region, we see ventures that continue to never make profits, Maurice Brown-John said in Apia last week, they never want to leave either.

 

That is why, enough-is-enough.

 

It is time to stop playing these kind of games.

 

It is important that benefits are shared equally, and fairly, so that our people benefit from the resources that they truly own.

 

Our Government is continuing to undertake the responsibility to continue to build good public infrastructure, and provide more training, and tax incentives that will continue to strengthen the industry as we have done in the past.

 

Papua New Guinea has subsidised this industry over the past decade, almost to the tune of almost 1 billion US Dollars.

 

This is by way of concessional fishing rights, in addition to many other generous concessions to the fishing industry.

 

But the reality this hardly adds to the production output that we have sought to achieve.

 

So we can ask where are the results from the investment that the country has been making?

 

We only see market share eroding, for example countries are having access to the markets that are usually reserved for countries like Papua New Guinea, where the tuna originates.

 

So in countries like Germany, they are achieving market share of close to 40 per cent, from exports that come from Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region.

 

This is unacceptable to countries like ours, because it erodes the market share for our people and our country.

 

That is why it is important that we go back and review some of the agreements, where we are not seeing processing plants that are not even running up to 75 per cent capacity that is required to hold a license in the industry.

 

We have a scenario where only 1 in 5 fish, that our Government has subsidised, is actually processed in Papua New Guinea.

 

Only 1 in 3, or even 1 in 4 jobs to process the catch are in Papua New Guinea.

 

In reality it means that almost 80% of the benefits from Papua New Guinea, are actually enjoyed by other countries.

 

That is why PNG flagged vessels, that fish our waters today, who enjoy the discounts, and yet have not landed a single fish to our processors in 2 years will be held to account.

 

This is simply not acceptable.

 

Our Government will implement changes.

 

They will make the review, and by 2018 I expect that this scenario will change.

 

We will increase rewards and support to direct to those who are genuine in the industry, who are genuine in wanting to process the fish in Papua New Guinea.

 

Let me state again, we welcome genuine investors, but those who are only here for cheap fishing are welcome to leave.

 

Our Government is committed to building the necessary support infrastructure.

 

We will create facilities so that fishing men and women, and processors are able to bring fish into ports in a timely manner, can process them at a reasonable cost.

 

We are exploring funding options for the Wagang Port, a dedicated fisheries port in Lae.

 

We want this critical infrastructure to commence construction soon.

 

As many of you will know the Government of Papua New Guinea proposed the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone in Madang as a regional tuna processing hub.

 

We will continue to pursue this project.

 

There is no easy way and there are no shortcuts in building a truly robust and competitive fisheries industry together.

 

We need to build competitiveness by increasing productivity and reducing costs of production.

 

During this term of Government, the policies and the achievements of the PNG fisheries sector will be measured against the regional benchmark.

 

This will be as outlined in the regional roadmap for sustainable fisheries.

 

We will continue to pursue onshore investment so that we can support these policies, and work with processors towards meeting their processing capacities.

 

Our Government is committed to making this happen, and will work with all stakeholders, especially our locally based fishing and processing industries.

 

We have the greatest potential in our tuna industry.

 

And together we will build a fairer, sustainable and more profitable tuna sector.

 

I wish you all a successful, informative and productive forum and an enjoyable stay in Papua New Guinea.

 

I now declare open – the 06th Pacific Tuna Forum 2017.

 

Thank you.

Prime Minister – Peter O’Neill

Landowners told to engage consultant on oil spill issue

May 16, 2017 – The National 

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LANDOWNERS whose fisheries and coastlines have been affected by the oil spill in Fairfax Harbour need to get independent advice to see if they can sue Puma Energy for any damage caused to the environment, an expert says.

The expert from the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), said the landowners need to engage a consultant to look into their case.

“The query in relation to the possibility of local landowners suing the company is yes, however, it is well obvious that Puma is registered and has a valid environment permit which has obligation to fulfil the respective permit conditions.”

The spill at Fairfax Harbour, Port Moresby, occurred on April 25 from a leak from a subsea hose leading to Puma’s Kanudi terminal facility. The leak resulted in about 19 barrels of oil product being released into the harbour area, Puma said at the time.

The National asked the CEPA expert yesterday, who asked not to be named, for his opinion and he said: “It is now onus on the local landowners to engage an independent environmental consultant to independently calculate and verify the environmental damage caused by Puma Energy and taken up to key stakeholders – CEPA, Department of Justice and the Department of Petroleum and Energy.

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Puma Energy Staff cleaning the Oil Spills

“I understand that the CEPA has cooperated with Puma in working together to address this oil spill which were in relation to regulatory compliance under the Environment Act 2000 administratively.

“Our Environment Act 2000, in my personal view, is not that effective in considering the case of the local landowners when it comes to the environmental damage. However, we have a clause under Environment Act 2000 that warrants the emergency clean-up should CEPA see that Puma is not doing enough to control the environmental damage.”

Puma’s country manager, Jim Collings, told journalists last month that Puma wanted to “reassure people that this is a product that has been contained and cleaned up and we are managing that. We will continue to work to ensure that any work on the shore gets cleaned up”.

Collings said Puma safely dealt with 100,000 cubic metres of oil each month – approximately 630,000 US barrels – and that the incident posed no threat to the local fishing industry and marine life in the area.

Onshore Processing for Fish and Logs – O’Neill

By: PNGloop – 15 May 2017

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced that plans are afoot to ensure all fish and logs resources are processed on shore.

Speaking during the Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Council Forum in Port Moresby today, O’Neill said it is the Government’s intention to have on-shore and downstream processing facilities for both the fisheries and logging sectors.

He said less than 25 percent of all fish caught in PNG waters were processed in PNG, meaning the country was losing out on around K350 million per annum.
“Today, I want to announce that we are reviewing all the agreements that we have with all the fishing companies and of course, the agreement with all the fishing processing companies in Papua New Guinea so they can comply with the agreements that we have,” the PM said.

“Our plan is that all the fish caught in Papua New Guinea must be processed here or on the very least, processed on shore.”
O’Neill added that all log exports will cease by 2020, with all logs to be locally processed.
He said this will create more businesses and employment opportunities for locals.


“All timber cut in Papua New Guinea must be processed on-shore. And we will work closely with companies who are already operating in Papua New Guinea in ensuring that this particular industry produces enough through the downstream processing opportunities that can enable the growth of housing industry and construction industry in our country,” said O’Neill.
O’Neill reiterated the government’s commitment to improving the business environment through investments in infrastructure.
He said this will pave the way from the government to broaden economic base and not rely on the resource sector, which is often subject to a ‘boom and bust’ cycle.

FREE EDUCATION, HEALTH, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND POLTICAL STABILITY KEY INGREDIENTS TO SUCCESS – MARAPE

Minister for Finance Hon. James Marape addressed the huge crowd present in Nipa Electorate on Thursday that despite the country financial constraints the government had an obligation to develop the country.

“When previous governments experienced surplus budgets, they failed to deliver on effective service delivery. “

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He said although the national government experienced budget constraints it had to borrow money to make sure government services were managed in the provinces.

“We will borrow to rollout free education, infrastructure and health care in the country.”

Mr Marape added that it was incumbent on the current government to deliver on projects in the country and that managing the debt level was equally important and reminded everyone that the government had not defaulted at any time in repaying its loan.
The Finance Minister also said that in order for the national government to achieve its vision for the country, political stability had to be maintained.

NFA DECLARES WAR ON ‘BLUE BOAT INVASION’

The National Fisheries Authority through its Minister Mao Zeming has declared war on illegal fishing vessels in the PNG waters claiming it to be a breach of national security and urged the national government to intervene at through diplomatic talks at the regional level.

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Described as the ‘blue boat invasion’ a term referred to Vietnamese boats that frequent the Milne Province waters to fish illegally, the Minister labelled as a breach to national security and stressed as also perpetrators in other countries.

Mr Zeming said these same boats had visited the Pacific region and arrested in other countries for illegal fishing.
He also called on the Government of Vietnam to put a stop to ‘the blue boat invasion’ of PNG waters including the Pacific.

Minister Mao Zeming said NFA will continue to work closely with its partners – PNGDF, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and also PNG Customs to improve border protection surveillance and combat illegal fishing.