Monthly Archives: May 2017

Tertiary assistance fund to be established: O’Neill

BY: Charles Yapumi

A tertiary education assistance fund will be established to support students whose parents are unable to pay for their tuition fees.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said his People’s National Congress Party will push for the funds establishment if it forms government in September.

He said the fund will be built on the Free Education Policy the Government has funded in the last 6 years.

“Also, we want to expand the program up to the tertiary education, we cannot only educate our kids up to year 12 and allow them to run around and do their own thing, which is what our system has been doing in the last 40 plus years,” O’Neill said on FM 100 Talk Back show on Thursday.

“So what we have to do is expand on it, and we have our team to look at some of the examples around the world, and we have come up with a new issue of establishing a ‘Government Endeavour Fund’.”

O’Neill side the fund will be independently managed and will be self-financing.

“If parents are unable to afford to send their kids to universities or technical colleges, their children can borrow the money themselves and will be interest free, and most flexible repayment term when they start working and earning income over their life time,” PM said.

“This means that they repay the original amount of money back to the fund and the fund will be able to educate future kids because the funds money are not been depleted.”

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Give Pangu just 100 days

May 26, 2017 – BY MATTHEW VARI

Pangu Party vows to rid corruption in PNG in first 100 days in office

A Pangu Party-led government will prosecute corrupt leaders in its first 100 days in office.

Pangu leader Sam Basil told the media yesterday he would ensure that all outstanding investigated cases against leaders, both at the parliamentary and bureaucratic level, were dealt with.

Corruption cases would be pursued vigorously and some leaders may face jail time, Mr Basil, who is Bulolo MP, said.

He said the state of the economy was also high on the 100-day agenda if the voters put Pangu in office to form government.

Pangu Party, the oldest political party in PNG, has been a bitter opponent of the Peter O’Neill coalition government for the past five years.

“When we get into power and we find out where we are, we will announce our 100 days. Our 100 days will be very harsh,” Mr Basil said.

“All the outstanding cases and all the other issues about corruption, we have to deal with them to move forward, we cannot ignore them.”

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“I don’t have the right to send people to jail, but what I mean is that we will make sure that everyone who has cases will have to answer for them.”

He said at the rate the country continues to borrow while in a caretaker government mode, does not bode well for an incoming government after the National Election.

“Our problem is the economy. We have to find out where our debt is so we can chart a way forward.”

“We have to make sure that we know how many loans we have, because we do not really know now. We are guessing K45 billion.”

Mr Basil said apart from both key undertakings, Pangu will also look to ensure Independent Commission Against Corruption gets first preference to be legislated.

“We want to announce many things that we want to do now, first of all we have bring back the taskforce and legislate ICAC.

“To make sure that ICAC comes into operation, Sam Koim will be brought back and he will start doing his job again. This is one of the things that we have failed to do.”

O’Neill cheered on in Moresby South

May 26, 2017 – Post Courier

Peter O’Neill became the first sitting Prime Minister to visit Sabama in Moresby South and was greeted by 7000 cheering locals for an early evening rally yesterday.

Community leaders greeted the PM, together with NCD Governor Powes Parkop, and Member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko. Community leaders addressed the crowd before their elected leaders, giving an account of the changes in their area, particularly in education and healthcare, that have made a real difference to their lives.

The Prime Minister made it clear to the crowd that the Opposition has made it clear that they would cut funding for these services.

“We must continue with good change, and keep delivering free education and universal healthcare to our people, not the bad change the opposition wants, which will see these essential services cut.

“Do not turn back the turn back the clock, we must keep delivering free education for our children. Our country has a great future, and we have built strong foundations.”

The Member for Moresby South said the change in the district will see the leaders of some of the world’s biggest countries meet in the district next year.

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Crowd Attending Tkatchenko and O’Neill talk at Sabama

“The Presidents of the United States, China, and Russia, and the Prime Minister of Japan, will be among world leaders who will meet in Moresby South at APEC Haus at Ela Beach.

“They will see the change that is taking place in our country and our city.”

Governor Parkop said it is time to keep embracing change. “Change does not happen because of any of us working alone.

“Because of our Prime Minister, and our Members including Justin Tkatchenko, we are delivering change in Port Moresby.

“We delivered the Pacific Games, we delivered FIFA, and we will deliver the Rugby League World Cup and APEC.

“By working in partnership we are building a world class national capital city for our country.”

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Air Niugini Cup Launch

MEDIA RELEASE – AIR NIUGINI

This Sunday May 28th, 2017 will see SP PNG Hunters take on Townsville Blackhawks in Round 12 of the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

And to commemorate the recently launched direct flights between Port Moresby and Townsville, Air Niugini has put up the perpetual Air Niugini Cup to be played for between the SP Hunters and Townsville Blackhawks.

“The inaugural Air Niugini Cup will be played for by the two teams in Port Moresby this weekend,” Air Niugini CEO Simon Foo said.
“The Cup will be played for on an annual basis and will encourage our fellow country folk living in and around Townsville, supporters of the Blackhawks as well the business and corporate community. Not only will the focus be for this annual tournament, but the opportunity will be provided to travel on our direct flight on Friday, visit friends and families or do business on Saturday, watch the game on Sunday and return direct on Monday ,” he said.

Foo said this year’s Air Niugini Cup will pay tribute to the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Kokoda.

“Next year’s game and ensuing games will pay tribute to notable observances and causes so the Air Niugini Cup played for between these two teams will be special.”

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PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau was grateful for Air Niugini’s support to the SP Hunters as well as rugby league throughout the country.

“The curtain raiser on Sunday will see Digicel Cup teams Hela Wigmen and Rabaul Agmark Gurias go head to head and we thank Air Niugini for the special discount fares for supporters of these two teams to travel to Port Moresby. This is in addition to the support given for the Port Moresby – Townsville return fares and we are really appreciative and grateful for the support Air Niugini is giving,” Rau said.

He also expressed gratitude to the Chairman and CEO of the QRL for giving their blessing of the Air Niugini Cup.

The SP Hunters vs Townsville Blackhawks game is expected to be kicked off by Air Niugini Board chairman Sir Fredrick Reiher or CEO Simon Foo at 3pm on Sunday at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

The gates will be opened at 12pm for the curtain racer to start at 12:45pm. Tickets are going for K20 (behind goal posts), K25 (Northern/Southern Stand), K30(Western / Eastern stand) and K50 for the grand stand. They can be purchased at Brian Bell Plaza, Brian Bell Home Centre, Vision City, Naked Fish, Big Rooster at Koki and Erima, Stop and Shop Waigani and Gerehu. Games day tickets can be purchased at the stadium.

PNG Ports Best SOE for 2016.

By : Post Courier

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) has been recognised as 2016’s Best State Owned Enterprise Employer in Papua New Guinea.

The recognition was from the PNG Human Resource Institute during its 2017 annual conference held in Port Moresby last week (18 May).

The award was for being a role model organisation and emulating (outdoing) best HR practice in the corporate world.

As an employer striving for excellence in service delivery and wellbeing of its employees, the policies it has in place and which earned it this award include: Employee Relations Policy and Procedures, Employee Benefits and Remuneration Policy and Procedures which guide the conduct and addresses employment conditions of its employees.

Managing Director, Stanley Alphonse acknowledged PNGHRI for recognizing PNG Ports’ achievements and said that most of these benefits are provided to the 600 plus employees spread throughout the company’s network of 15 ports in PNG including its head office in Port Moresby.

Mr Alphonse congratulated and thanked the staff especially the Human Capital Department for their efforts in upholding the HR policies and facilitating all the mentioned benefits, culminating in the award of recognition as the Best State Owned Enterprise Employer in PNG for the year 2016.

Australian Academics To Visit UNRE

May 25, 2017 – Post Courier
Three Australian academics will be at the University of Natural Resources and Environment campus this week under the kina-for-kina (K4K) program, an innovative and collaborative new program established by the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to improve quality in higher education in PNG.

Professor Paul Gadek, Dr Rob Brown and Emma Kill will carry out a teaching quality assurance systems audit.

The review is a follow on from the external academic audit conducted at UNRE in 2013 by a group of academics from Australia and PNG, who identified a number of important areas that the university needed to improve.

These included how the university tries to control the quality of its teaching, how it regulates the content of its courses and carries out teaching and assessment.

UNRE vice-chancellor Professor John Warren said in addressing the problems, the university’s administration systems were reviewed and refreshed and a number of new teaching administration systems were introduced.
“If we are to genuinely make progress and improve it is important that we know if these new systems are working,” Prof Warren said.

He said this would be the task of the visiting academics – to determine if the new teaching administrations system are understood and are being used effectively so that further improvements could be made to increase quality.

Divine Word University and the University of Technology will also receive grants under the K4K program. One will improve its business programs while the other is targeting training for the development of teaching and learning.

Prof Warren said he believes K4K will support more highly skilled graduates as well as lecturers.
“The government of Papua New Guinea truly appreciates the K4K initiative because it is aimed directly at assisting the areas of education that will lead to good outcomes for students,” he said.

Committee Needed To Address Poultry Issues

May 25, 2017BY MELISHA YAFOI
RURAL Industries Council chairman Sir Brown Bai has urged that a Credible Strategic Review Committee be immediately established by National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA).

This is to investigate and review the status of the disease of birds in Malaysia and other countries from where poultry is being imported.

These calls have been made following reports of the illegal importation of frozen poultry into PNG and of PNG’s disease-free status.
He said it is crucial that birds and animals must be carefully screened to ensure they are disease free.
“Government has not adequately resourced NAQIA to do its job well.”


The RIC urges the Government to resource NAQIA adequately and also requests the Government to establish the full NAQIA Board.
“Calls by the private sector to Government to establish a fully constituted Board have fallen on deaf ears,” Sir Brown said.
“The RIC is very concerned that almost all our major cash crops have been hit by pests and diseases that came in from outside the country,” he said.
“All commodities Boards, apart from oil palm, have Interim Boards and by their respective laws, these Boards must be appointed urgently,” he added.
Pertinent questions were put to the PNG Customs chief Commissioner Ray Paul, including if customs were aware of the containers with illegal frozen chicken that had been landed in the country, reportedly from Malaysia.
However, Mr Paul neither confirmed nor denied this.
Instead the customs chief said the entry of the poultry imports was a matter for NAQIA as the regulatory Authority and technical capacity to deal with.
“PNG Customs Service will only facilitate poultry imports if and when approval is granted by NAQIA. Any importer or the Poultry Industry who has issues relating to poultry imports will have to see NAQIA.
“PNG Customs service works very closely with NAQIA on all imports relating to plants and animals which are regulated by NAQIA laws.
“Furthermore, we encourage the public and Industry to provide information of interest that they deem illegal upon sighting to assist us with our work,” he said.

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