Monthly Archives: January 2017

Telikom introduces its 3G/4G LTE serivces in Madang

MADANG is the latest township to have its residents experience the real 3G/4G LTE with Telikom PNG.

Residents turned up in numbers to swap their CDMA devices for a 3G/4G handset and went straight into hooking up on the internet.

Promotional devices earmarked for the swap was scooped during the first half of the day.

Those that missed out on the free devices headed into the front sales office to purchase a SIM card that were sold between the prize ranges of K5 to K20 with the later SIM starter pack offering 5GB worth of data.


Telikom Business Development Manager, Bill Wartovo, said Telikom commenced the rollout of the 3G/4G service in the last quarter of 2016 having gone LTE live in Port Moresby, Lae, Kerema, Buka and Arawa.

He added that for 2017, Telikom PNG will have rolled out its 3G/4G network to many of the urban centers around the country with Madang first to come on line 2017.


Security beefed up after leaders receive death threats

SEVERAL Members of Parliament have been provided additional police security after receiving death threats as the countdown to the 2017 National Election started.

Among the MPs whose lives have been threatened leading to the election are two State Ministers who are reported to be under heavy security protection.


The political heat has also been turned up with two People’s Progress Party MPs deserting their party leader in the Opposition camp to join government while Deputy Prime Minister Sir Leo Dion is also reported to have joined National Alliance Party.

PPP MPs Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon and South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu have moved to the government benches as of yesterday. Mr Philemon has been linked to United Resource Party led by William Duma and Masiu and Sir Leo have joined the second biggest coalition partner NA led by Patrick Pruaitch.

PNG, New Zealand seek closer corporation

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill received a courtesy call from New Zealand High Commissioner Tony Fautua to discuss ongoing co-operation with Papua New Guinea and a visit by NZ’s outgoing Foreign Minister Murray McCully next month.

They also discussed engagement in the areas of Customs and quarantine procedures, advancing air services agreement between the two countries and support for Apec Papua New Guinea 2018.

“New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have a very strong relationship and this will improve further,” O’Neill said after meeting Fautua yesterday.

“The New Zealand government, led by new Prime Minister Bill English, has expressed interest in deepening relations and exploring new opportunities for co-operation.
“We hope Prime Minister English will make his first formal visit to Papua New Guinea soon and further strengthen relations between our countries at the highest level.

“The close relationship we have had with past prime minsters and the foreign minister has made a lot of difference in relations between our countries and this will continue.
“New Zealand has been active in a range of projects that have advanced the lives of many Papua New Guineans in many regions including Bougainville, and he is interested to take a last look at the development of these projects.

“We appreciate the commitment that Murray McCully has given to Papua New Guinea and countries around the Pacific.
“I look forward to meeting Murray McCully on his last visit as foreign minister.”
The prime minister said engagement in a number of bilateral areas was set to expand and this would be beneficial to both countries.
“Trade Minister Richard Maru is in discussion with New Zealand on a number of important areas that will build PNG’s capacity in Customs and quarantine procedures that will make our own domestic food production sectors more resilient.”

The National/ONEPNG

4000 Candidates for NGE2017


MORE than 4000 candidates are expected to contest for the 111 parliamentary seats in the 2017 National Election.

But the Electoral Commission has projected a jump to around 6000 candidates which will be one of the highest in any democracy in the world.

He was speaking at the inaugural NBC National Press Club at Lamana Hotel.

Mr O’Neill assured the nation and development partners including Diplomatic Corps that attended the lunch hour occasion that Papua New Guinea will deliver the 2017 election on time.


“I know there is some apprehension when election is coming up, but PNG has delivered successful elections in the past. I see no reason why Papua New Guineans cannot have their say.

“Whatever decision people make must be respected, whoever wins must be respected, we will make everything possible to deliver the safe election.”

He said the Government has put some proposals to meet some election challenges including the quality of candidates and the role of women in election and that Party leaders to embrace gender.

“We expect close to 4,000 candidates, an average of 40 candidates per electorate, which is quite high by any standards.”

Mr O’Neill said elections are costly to run with the increased number of candidates in every election.

He said the Electoral Commission had asked for K500 million to run the election but that had been reduced down to K350 million after cutting out some areas.

On defending the proposed K10,000 nomination fee, Mr O’Neill said not eight million people will run for election and also brushed aside the arguments of constitutional rights.

“There are certain sacrifices you have to make. I know there are some misgivings about rights but these are qualified rights, we want Electoral Commission to make those decisions, not for us to legislate this decision.”

In memory of Sir Henry Chow, Kt., OBE (1933 – 2017)

On Saturday afternoon, we were informed of the passing of the Chairman of PNG NRI, Sir Henry Chow.  In this post, we pay tribute to Sir Henry, not only as the longest serving Chairman of the PNG NRI Council, but as a towering figure in the growth and development of Papua New Guinea.

Humble beginnings

The Chow family’s forefathers were peasant farmers of Guangdong Province in southern China.

In 1895, the colonial government of German New Guinea recruited Sir Henry’s great grandfather as a personal servant for one of its administration officers and the young man arrived in Rabaul to be soon followed by two younger brothers.  Grandfather Chow, the son of the servant, was eventually given a piece of land on the west coast of New Ireland, where he established Olebo plantation and raised eight children.

One of these children was Gabriel Chow. In 1947, after the devastation of World War II, Gabriel started a small bakery in Rabaul selling bread and scones.

Gabriel Chow also had eight children – seven boys and a girl. Sir Henry was the second, born in 1933.  From his bakery earnings, Gabriel saved enough for his children to be educated in Australia.  Henry was in Australia from 1948 until 1958, where he studied at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, before learning his craft as a ship builder.

The Ship builder

Henry married in Australia and returned to Rabaul in 1958, establishing the Toboi Shipbuilding Company. The business grew quickly, expanded and prospered. Starting with eight local employees in 1958 over the next 14 years it built 170 vessels and increased its workforce to 120.

During that period, Sir Henry formed a joint venture with the Kambara Kisen (shipping) Company to build steel ships for the coastal trade in PNG and the South Pacific. But after building six vessels, the venture collapsed in 1971 due to lack of orders for steel ships.

In 1972 the shipbuilding side of the business was phased out but the Toboi Shipbuilding Company is still active in providing services to the coastal shipping industry and the fishing industry.

The Businessman

In 1974, Henry bought a small biscuit-making company called Lae Biscuit Company at Voco Point in Lae. “It was a very small factory, making a quarter tonne of biscuits a day,” he later recalled.  In 2010, 36 years later, a new Lae Biscuit biscuit factory was opened to meet the demand for 150 tonnes per day.

A new, state-of-the-art factory will open in Lae later in 2017, further increasing the capacity of the business.

Today, the Chow family own, operate and manage a number of successful businesses in the major centres of PNG including engineering and machining, biscuit manufacture, smallgoods, fast food restaurants, real estate and plantations, fishing, logging and saw milling, and shipping.

A most recent investment, which Sir Henry was particularly proud of, was the MV Chebu, which was launched in 2014. The vessel provides safe passage for 370 people on the New Guinea Islands route from Buka, Rabaul, Kimbe and Lae.

The business group has 1,200 employees, who are all provided with access to a generous health care scheme, funded by the company.

Through his companies, Sir Henry was one of the most generous philanthropists in PNG. His companies sponsor or contribute to 26 sporting clubs, many churches and give generously to charitable organisations that assist people in need.

The Political activist

From a young age, Sir Henry showed a keen interest in politics. In 1962, aged 29, he was elected vice-president of Rabaul Chamber of Commerce. In 1964 he became a member of Rabaul Town Council, being elected Chairman in 1970, he served four years in the position. From 1970-75 he was national secretary of the PNG Local Government Association.

At the same time, Sir Henry was beginning to make waves in national politics, although he never sought elected office. He was a senior executive officer of the Peoples’ Progress Party (PPP) for 17 years from 1967-84 and was its national coordinator in three elections – 1972, 1977 and 1984.

Our Chairman

For the past decade, Sir Henry was the business representative on the PNG NRI Council, and the Chairman of the Council.  Bringing to the Institute the same acumen, skills and determination that generated his success in the world of business, Sir Henry played a pivotal role in transitioning PNG NRI from a semi-academic institution into a public policy think tank.

He also brought to PNG NRI the common touch that has been a hallmark of his business success.  Sir Henry’s last visit to the Institute was in December 2016, when he hosted a Christmas BBQ for the workers constructing the Institute’s refurbished research building.

That building, and the PNG Knowledge Hub which it serves, is a lasting testament to Sir Henry Chow’s contribution to PNG NRI, and his commitment to the formulation and implementation of effective public policies in PNG.

For his long service to the people of PNG, he became an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) on Independence Day 1975 and on 1 January in the millennium year, 2000, he was promoted to Knight Bachelor.  On the 6 March 2001, Sir Henry Chow became the Honorary Consul-General resident in Port Moresby of the Republic of Singapore. In recognition of his contributions to the people in the Southern Region of Guandong Province, in the Republic of China, Sir Chow was presented a Golden Medal.

Vale Sir Henry Chow. And thank you.

Linking the Nation

The National:

THE O’Neill Government has delivered more roads and bridges during its term than any previous government, Works Minister Francis Awesa says.
He said this when opening the first two lanes of the new four-lane Laloki Bridge in the National Capital District yesterday.
“This Government had delivered massive high impact infrastructures in just four years that was never seen and done before,” he said.
“For the first time, this Government is delivering climate-resilient infrastructure to withstand extreme weather conditions that pose a grave danger to our roads and bridges.”

Awesa said the Laloki Bridge, which would become the first four-lane bridge in the country,was one of three new bridges along the Hiritano Highway under the Bridge Replacement for Improved Rural Access Project to replace bailey bridges around the country.
The bridges as Laloki (80-metre long), Brown River (80m) and Angabanga (180m), were built by the China Harbour Engineering Company within 18 months for a total cost of K80 million.
The project was funded through a loan from the Asian Development Bank.
The project includes seven bridges along the Hiritano and Magi highways in Central.
The second package will be rolled out in West New Britain, Madang, East Sepik and West Sepik.
Awesa confirmed that the Government was taking stringent measures to eradicate the “compensation mentality” prevalent in the Highlands region and other parts of the country.
He said “unnecessary and ridiculous” land compensation claims were a hindrance to national development.
Last week, the people at Guo in Chimbu demanded to be paid K1 million first before work to repair a section of the national highway damaged by a landslide could proceed.
Awesa said the Works Department had been inundated with numerous demands amounting to millions of kina.
“This Government and the Works Department will not entertain these unnecessary and ridiculous compensation claims, which are an impediment to Papua New Guinea’s development, growth and prosperity,” he said.

“That is why the O’Neill Government will introduce new laws with tougher penalties for people who try to hold the country to ransom with their demands for compensation.”
Works Secretary David Wereh said the completion of the three bridges (in Central) reinforced the department’s focus to replace all single-lane Bailey bridges with double-lane concrete structures that reflected high standards of engineering.
Wereh said the department had bypassed its target of 800m of bridge structures for all roads by 2017.


Best security plan wanted


PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill wants the best and most effective security plan in place when the country hosts APEC in 2018.
“The safety and security of leaders, ministers, delegates, staff and members of the public are of primary importance to ensuring the successful delivery of Papua New Guinea’s APEC year,” he said in a statement yesterday.
O’Neill said Cabinet had approved the establishment of the APEC PNG joint security task force under the command of Police Commissioner Gari Baki. “Direction has been given to properly staff the security task force so that it can formalise planning and facilitate operational deployments in support of APEC events that will begin later this year,” he said.

Cabinet has directed the task force to ensure the safety of all leaders, ministers, delegates, officials and members of the public for the duration of APEC meetings.

The meetings begin with the informal senior officials’ meetings in December this year through to the Leaders’ Summit in November 2018.

He said the police commissioner would develop a security task force staffing structure which would bring in officers from security agencies when required.
He said emphasis would be placed on border security.
“We have ongoing border security concerns that are being addressed, and we must increase the pace of these activities,” O’Neill  said.
“Part of this includes enhancing the integrated processing of passenger information that is essential for the next step in facilitating the movement of passengers through our airports.
“But we also need better eyes on people who enter our sovereign waters or seek to cross our land border.
“We already have very close working relationships with our immediate neighbours – Australia, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands – and will increase this co-operation.”

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