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APEC House on Schedule

Press Release

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made a site inspection of the APEC House in Port Moresby yesterday and expressed,

“The APEC house is certainly going to host one of the very most important meetings ever held in this country in November this year. This is an historic event for Papua New Guinea and for the Asia Pacific region. The Issues that are going to be discussed in this particular building will have impact on the global stage. The 21 Nations that are going to be here on that occasion will represent over 50% of global trade and 50% of the global GDP. This 21 Nations play a very important role in the global economy and the economic growth that we continue to have in the region.

The Asia Pacific is seen as the engine room for the global economic growth and the meetings are going to have enamours impact on the confidence of investors that are going to come and invest in our country. Many countries around the world and many investors especially do not have much knowledge about our country, they do not know where our country is and do not know the potential of our country. That’s why such global events like this is another opportunity for PNG to show case itself to the investment community all around the world.

PNG will be highlighted in every Television stations and Newspapers around the world in that particular week in November and that is an important exposer for Papua New Guinea. I am pleased that this particular building is taking shape according to the timetables that are being set and on schedule and PNG is looking forward to welcoming the leaders that are going to come.

I would like to announce that we have already secured the services of the P&O cruisers, three large cruise ships that will be parked here in Port Moresby at our harbour which will cater for 4,000 rooms that will adequately accommodate for all the candidates that will come in to this country, and also in addition to that, Hilton Hotel is now on schedule to be completed well before November. So I want to assure the Nation and our people that we are now ready to host this very important event.

Let me also stress again, unlike many of our critics who said that we are spending billions of Kina in terms of hosting this event we all know we don’t have such money. We have spent less than five hundred million kina by the time we finish in November. The benefits that will come to this Nation is far more than what we have spent we have spent. The billions of kina that will be attracted in terms of investment will be far more than the investment that we are making in hosting this event. So lets us embrace this occasion let us work together in welcoming our most important VIPs including the President of the United States , President of Russia , President of China, Prime Minister of Japan, and many of the other global players that we read and hear about are going to make a first time trip to Papua New Guinea, and on that occasion let us showcase our best.

Let me thank the constructors of this building. Oil Search our partners in developing this building. APEC Minister and his staff and all the construction workers and every person who is involved in this process without your contribution and without your efforts we will not make it a success. Let us stay focus and let us perform beyond our expectations to showcase the best of our ability so that we will be able to have a very successful APEC meeting in PNG.

This is our first meeting that we are hosting as a member country. We have been a member for over 20 years and we have never hosted an APEC meeting. We have been just a attendant and observer in many of this proceedings whereas many other economies have hosted it two or three times already. So it is our turn to stand up and be counted in that particular organisation, that is why we are hosting this meeting for the first time in this country. It maybe another 20 or 30 years before we host another one. So let us make the best of it when we can. As I’ve stated before, after this meeting this building will be a world class museum showcasing our arts and culture that is unique to the world, and I can assure you that this will be the number one tourist destination in the country for many years to come.”

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Tariffs Counter APEC Free Trade

By : Post Courier

THE recent moves to increase more than 900 tariffs run counter to the principles of APEC, which champions free and open trade.

This is according to the Opposition, who says the O’Neill Government should review its approach to trade as a matter of urgency so that it does not contradict priority APEC resolutions.

Shadow Minister for Treasury, Ian Ling-Stuckey, said the recent senior official’s meeting in Port Moresby highlighted APEC’s support for a rules-based, free, open, fair, transparent and inclusive multilateral trading system.

“We need to be true to APEC’s mission of ‘championing free and open trade and investment, promoting and accelerating regional economic integration,” Mr Ling-Stuckey said.

“The O’Neill Government needs to urgently review its approaches to trade as the recent moves to increase more than 900 tariffs run counter to the principles of APEC.

“We do not want to come across as hypocrites as we host this meeting, otherwise that would really be wasting opportunities from what will be an expensive summit for PNG.

“We should urgently finish the proposed second stage of the Sir Nagora Tax Review, which indicated it would look at the issue of tariffs, certainly in a more systematic and efficient manner than the recent government changes.

“We should look at better policies to get per capita growth going again and ensure the benefits are spread across our rural communities, not just some isolated projects benefitting a few.

“We need to think about getting our agricultural products to the markets of all countries in APEC, not just PNG supermarkets under protectionist barriers.

“With PNG hosting the APEC Summit in November 2018, it is important that we seize its opportunities for promoting PNG and advancing our development.

“While the Alternative Government considers that there were much better ways to promote PNG and all it has to offer, and wiser ways to invest the huge costs for the summit into health, education and infrastructure, it is now too late and it would be too embarrassing to pull out from hosting the Leaders Summit.”There are some important things we need to do to make the most of this opportunity.”

O’Neill Wants Churches to Lead Sorcery Fight

By EHEYUC SESERU The National

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on churches to take the lead in the fight against sorcery accusations and violence against women in villages.

O’Neill said the old mentality and belief in sorcery was affecting the nation in rural and urban areas.

He said the most affected were always women and girls.

O’Niell called on churches to lead in driving awareness in the villages because the government could not go there. He said the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV) and sorcery accusations needed the help of the churches.

“Our churches must identify solutions and address these social issues in our villages and communities, and address it through mission and the word of God,” he said.

“The church has an important role to play among our population by influencing people’s behaviour.”

O’Neill acknowledged church workers in rural areas but said the issues were affecting people.

He said the government was ready to work with churches to address sorcery and gender-based violence.

The prime minister was speaking at Mogl Kagai village in Sinasina-Yongomulg, Chimbu, on the first day of the 31st synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG.

The church’s Bishop Rev Jack Urame said they were ready to work with the government to address issues that were affecting people in rural areas.

Post PNG Releases Stamp

By : Post Courier

 

Post PNG’s Philatelic Bureau yesterday launched two significant stamp issues to celebrate Christmas and commemorate 500 years of Lutheran reformation celebration in PNG.
Post PNG philatelic manager Banian Masiboda said this is a double and timely celebration that relates meaningfully to the festive season by conveying the birth of Jesus and celebrating the Christian faith.
Issued in stamp sets and souvenir sheetlet and souvenir sheets, the annual Christmas and the 500 reformation commemorative stamps are definitive stamps now available for collectors and customer use.
The 2017 Christmas greetings stamps feature selected greetings from each local dialect of PNG and also define how the country celebrated the festive season with pictures of church buildings, families standing together and other Christmas themes.
“The subjects featured on our postage stamps are of great significance to Papua New Guinea, the region and the world. In a nut shell postage stamps play a major role as a vessel, conveying important messages to all the four corners of the world,” Mr Masiboda said.
“This is the right time for the stamp issues to be released so hopefully our people around the country will be blessed by this release”, he said.
Special projects and strategy manager Kenei Gumaru says the commemorative stamps which began selling yesterday on line via Post PNG Website has created a lot of interest and demand in Europe, German, Australia, UK, US and PNG.
The Reformation 500 years stamp is themed, “Liberated by God’s Grace” and has been described by chairman of Lutheran 500 years Reformation committee, Kingston Alu as a, “great and special moment” for the church.
“This will show other Lutheran communities around the world that we have also taken part in celebrating the 500 reformation anniversary”.
Mr Gumaru said at the end of the year Post PNG also produces an annual stamp album containing around 10-12 stamps issued with all the stamp background and may be good souvenir or a gift pack to give a loved one during this festive season.

Celebration of Faith for Papua New Guinea

By : Post Courier

 

Churches are the cornerstone of PNG communities, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
“We will continue to strengthen our partnership,” Mr O’Neill said in his Christmas message.
Christmas is the time of the year when Papua New Guineans come together as a nation, he said.
“In our communities, our Churches and in our family homes, we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
“This birth in a manger in Bethlehem, more than 2000 years ago, was the start of a new era for humankind.
“Through our Christian faith we celebrate goodwill, and we share a belief in doing the right thing.”
Monday, December 25, and Tuesday, Boxing Day, are public holidays.
In his first Christmas message since formation of Government since the 2017 national election, Mr O’Neill said that the churches and Government are working together.
“We are delivering better education for our children, we are providing better healthcare services to help our people to recover from sickness and injury.
“Christmas is also a time to reflect on our own lives, on our families and our friends.
“It is a time for us all to look at the contribution that we make to the people around us.”
Mr O’Neill said Papua New Guineans live in an “amazing country”. PNG had more potential than almost anywhere else in the world, he added. “We are blessed with diverse cultures, and we are rich in resources.
“But to reach our best, we have to believe in ourselves, and we have to believe in all that we can achieve.
“As we celebrate this festive season, I ask you to please also spare a thought for people who might be spending Christmas alone.
“Invite them into your home to share the spirit with you.
“May you, and your family, have a joyous and safe Christmas. There are often a lot of accidents in the Christmas period, so we ask everyone to be careful. Look after each other, and set an example for those around you.
“From my family, and from our Government, may we wish a Merry Christmas to everyone in PNG.”

Expiry Date for Registered SIM Cards

By : Post Courier

Like a driving licence or a motor vehicle, there is an expiry date set under legislation for their validity.

Can NICTA as regulator do the same with phone SIM cards under the current registration exercise, or eventually is that its intention.

Of course the underlying intention is undisputable considering security of persons and verification of users and all the other too important reasons.

The matter arises because the rush has begun in the countdown for the registration of SIM cards for mobile phone users in PNG.

And this has to be done within the last 10 days of this year because come midnight December 31, 2017 connection to all unregistered phones will be automatically cut off.

This applies right across the board whether or not you are an urban or rural dweller with a cell phone using the Digicel, Bmobile or other networks.

So far there has not been any indication from NICTA of any possible extension of time for the registration exercise.

In Digicel’s efforts to meet the deadline, they have now engaged students to carry out the registration of almost one million subscribers that have not yet been accounted.

They claim to have already registered up to 700,000 network users.

For the networks, there has to be up to date correlation with NICTA which issues the SIM cards and quick, efficient and accurate entry of registration details to avoid penalising customers that have already filled out the required documentation to confirm with the instruction.

This is because NICTA keeps sending prompts to subscribers that have already registered their mobile phones with Digicel.

This indicates a lack of correlation and discrepancy between the mobile networks and NICTA’s registration data base.

Customers that have already registered cannot be penalised through no fault of theirs.

The significant point that must be made clear now by NICTA is when the registrations of mobile phones expire.

There is no clear information about this critical factor because mobile phone users are entitled to know at the earliest what is in store for them on the long term.

The question arises considering that registration of SIM cards could be converted, intended or aligned as a major revenue raising protocol in the immediate future for the regulator.

A single registration definitely is not intended for a lifetime.

O’Neill boosted

By TREVOR WAHUNE  ( The National )

 

ONE more to the fold and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is happy the 40th MP to be in his People’s National Congress Party has been pursuing similar policies.

Kerowagi MP Bari Palma, formerly of the PNG Party and currently the vice-minister for mining, formerly joined the PNC yesterday.

O’Neill said he appreciated Palma’s insights into what the ruling party was capable of in terms of providing services at district and provincial levels. “This brings the total number of PNC party members to 40,” he said.

“I congratulate Palma on his recent win in the court of disputed returns. This has proven he is the choice of the people of Kerowagi.

“We welcome him to the party. Palma is a newly-elected member and has been working with us over the last three months.

“All our party executives are now aware of our new member, and we look forward to working with him and the people of Kerowagi (in Chimbu) in the next five years.

“More importantly, key commitments that Palma mentioned during the elections were similar to PNC’s party policies. So we look forward to working closely with him.” Palma said he had consulted his electorate about moving to the ruling party which they agreed to.

“I need to work with a leader that has been vibrant since the last term. We want to work together to continue the stability and good governance of this government,” Palma said.

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