Source: Post Courier Online
BY GORETHY KENNETH
The Government is well advanced in implementing the 100 day, 25 point plan, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel said.
Abel, speaking from Washington D.C. where he is attending the Annual Board of Governors meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund has noted the 50 day mark of the 100 Day, 25 Point Plan as of the 13th of October 2017.
The Bank of PNG has made a US$100m intervention into the FOREX market and the Napanapa Refinery is purchasing 50% of its crude oil needs from Oil Search in Kina.
Separately the US$395m budget for the health sector and the US$1bn concessional loan for the Highlands Highway from the ADB is well progressed.”
“The Supplementary Budget has been passed and we are completing the 2018 Budget for the November parliamentary session,” said Abel
By HELEN TARAWA
TALKS are being held between the Government and Opposition MPs for a bipartisan approach to address some of the issues outlined in the Government’s 100-day plan.
Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel said he had meetings with Opposition MPs, including Northern Governor Gary Juffa, on how best they could work together.
Abel told an NBC radio talkback show yesterday that there were some very good, qualified people in the Opposition who had “vast knowledge” and could contribute to the nation’s development.
“The bipartisan approach the governor talks about, notwithstanding some of the criticisms that we get from our friends like the governor himself, is always open. My office is always open for discussions,” Abel said.
“I’ve already had Juffa come in to meet me. He’s a former chief commissioner for Customs and he’s got some very good ideas.”
Such cooperation among MPs has rarely been seen in PNG politics recently. Abel said there were some very qualified people in the Opposition who should be used.
“I’ve even suggested to the governor (Juffa) that if he is willing to support and assist us with the ideas in relation to Customs and IRC (Inland Revenue Commission) with his vast knowledge, I’m willing to work with him and other members of the Opposition,” he said.
Juffa thanked Abel for coming out in public to tell the people about Government’s first 100 days of leadership.
“It’s a tough stand that he has taken. He won’t be popular. But some of these difficult decisions need to be made and some of us are willing to stand up and support in a bipartisan approach,” Juffa said.
“I understand that the country is going through a difficult time and we should put aside political differences from time to time and do what we can for the country.”