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Let The Games Begin

BY NICOLE JOANNES ( Post Courier )

Skydivers jumping from 6000 feet with the huge PNG flag followed by a colourful display of fireworks are part of the grand opening of the 7th BSP PNG Games in the West New Britain capital Kimbe tomorrow.

The day will begin with a traditional canoe that will leave Kulungi beach carrying chiefs from Talasea to the San Remo beach, not far from the main stadium.

The chiefs will be received by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, mayor Jackson Endo and a Bakovi chief Gabriel Bakani, a cultural significance that the chiefs are releasing the sporting facilities for the PNG Games to be held.

All provincial teams will then assemble at Independence Park where they will experience “Pasin West” during which they will be given foodstuff and a pig each.

All teams will then move to the main Muthuvel Stadium for the provincial teams marchpast and speeches to be followed by skydiving and fireworks.

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae will officially open the 7th BSP PNG Unity Games.

A total of 16 teams have confirmed their attendance, with four teams – National Capital District, Central, East New Britain and Morobe – already in Kimbe. Teams New Ireland, Western, Enga and Hela, Western Highlands and Jiwaka have not confirmed their participation.

The Games will begin on Monday, November 20, and a total of 24 codes will be played. The Games end on December 2 with the Queen’s baton relay.

NRI : UN Will Stand As An Observer

BY MATTHEW VARI ( Post Courier )

There is no global policeman for international standards in situations where the United Nations is a witness to agreements like the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA).

That was the response to queries raised by Autonomous Bougainville Government minister for BPA implementation, Albert Punghar, on what the role and ability of the United Nations is, in regards to the agreement on Bougainville and its ability to ensure the goals are met.

Author of the referendum administration issues study for the PNG National Research Institute’s (NRI) Bougainville referendum project, Andrew Ellis, said though many would like to think so, the UN’s level of commitment does not extend to be a power in the decisions of referendum.

“The United Nations has taken the stand to witness the agreement and UN agencies are engaged in supporting Papua New Guinea and Bougainville in various ways relating to the implementation of the agreement,” Mr Ellis said.

“This suggests that there is some level of commitment, but it does not extend to being a power, because there isn’t a power for the UN to be an enforcement agency,” he said.

NRI’s fellow researcher and leading expert of referendums, Professor Matt Qvortrup, said despite the reality of political consequences that still exists with UN involvement in terms of international scrutiny, media focus and issues like the referendum can still be drummed up.

“There are a lot of political consequences for not applying with the agreement,” Professor Qvortrup said.

Prof. Qvortrup highlighted on the issue of indonesia.

“The problem for the Indonesian government is they could have probably gone to war with the East Timorese easily,” he said.

“Given the international climate at the time and the focus of the conflict they weren’t able to.”

He said there was more international focus on an administration, and there is likely people will follow that commitment.

PNG an Official APEC Hosting Nation

By : Post Courier

 

PAPUA New Guinea is now officially an APEC hosting nation after Prime Minister Peter O’Neill met with all the 21 APEC economy leaders in Da Nang, Vietnam for the 2017 Summit.

The gavel and key were officially handed to PNG on Friday.

Preparation to host APEC – Asia-Pacific – Economic Co-operation Leaders’ Summit next year is well underway.

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies who met for a week in Da Nang are determined to take bolder and sustained collective actions to inject new dynamism into APEC co-operation.

Leaders sought to formulate a shared vision for advancing APEC’s role as a driver of economic integration and growth, an incubator of ideas for economic co-operation, a coordinating mechanism of trade agreements, and a global leader in addressing pressing problems. These will be carried on as the discussion agenda in PNG when the country hosts APEC.

This is to better position people and businesses across the Asia Pacific to navigate complex and fundamental shifts in the regional and global landscapes, building on the half century of progress achieved through voluntary, non-binding, consensus-based co-operation between APEC economies that is well suited for today’s new realities.

“APEC has shown its dynamism, adaptability and flexibility towards changes,” Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang, chair of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, said.

“The Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment, and the support for the multilateral trading system, as well as the growth of connectivity strategies and programs have provided the long-term orientations for APEC’s activities and afforded hundreds of concrete cooperation areas, including next-generation trade and investment issues.

“These have also responded to the new demands of the digital era. Yet, regional economic integration has been impeded by global uncertainties facing free and open trade,” he said.

President Quang pointed to unfolding world security and economic and social transition challenges that threaten the momentum of trade and growth recovery.

“Within a year since our last meeting in Peru, we have witnessed changes more rapid and complex than we expected,” he said.

“This requires APEC to uphold its leadership in finding new drivers for growth, trade, investment, connectivity and in finding ways to ensure that the benefits of globalisation and economic integration are equally distributed.”

Leaders are exchanging their views on how APEC can promote balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and employability; create new drivers for regional economic integration, strengthen the capacity and innovation of micro, small and medium enterprises, and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change, he said.

“Only by so doing, can we contribute to a peaceful, stable, dynamic, interconnected and prosperous Asia-Pacific,” President Quang said.

PM Backs PNG In Trade Deal

By HELEN TARAWA in Da Nang, Vietnam

 

PAPUA New Guinea is well placed in the region to participate in the bilateral trade agreement with the 11 nations forming the Trans Pacific Partnership, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

He told the Apec Leaders’ summit in Da Nang, Veitnam, that the country was easily accessible to markets in China, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“PNG is an emerging economy and one of the fastest growing in the region, averaging about 6 per cent in the past 15 years,” he said.

He said Malaysia, Australia, Japan and the United States were “big investors in PNG”.

“There are good opportunities for companies and countries to invest in our country,” O’Neill said.

“Our sectors energy and mining industries are among some of the global deposit reserves and that gives them that opportunity to invest in.

“We are also located in the region where we are very easily accessible to the markets in China, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia where there is a large population demanding our resources.”

On security, O’Neill said: “When we discuss security in the region, it is always related to the trade and investments that are falling within our economies.”

He said security was crucial to ensure there was stability in trading and investment opportunities.

“There must be continuing dialogue between all parties. Continuous stand-offs and threats against each other do not help in investment opportunities in the region,” O’Neill said.

“The Asia-Pacific is a strong growth area for the world economy so we must manage security issues by having more dialogue with each other.”

Twain to Represent PNG at Pacific Pageant

By : The National

 

MISS Queen Emma Chocolates Nialawin Twain will represent the country at the Miss Pacific Islands pageant to be held in Fiji from Dec 2 to 9.

Patron Linda Babao-O’Neill said the pageant not only empowered young people but was also a platform “to showcase and preserve our culture, traditions, and our way of life”.

She said Twain would be the cultural ambassador at the regional pageant and the climate change advocate for the country.

“PNG and other Pacific Islands countries remain extremely vulnerable to the climate change that include extreme tropical storms, severe droughts and sea level rising in coastal communities and much more,” Babao-O’Neill said.

“This ongoing disaster needs to be stopped.”

Twain, born and raised in Morobe, is employed by the Korobosea Medical Clinic, and is hoping to complete a medical laboratory science programme next year.

“I believe the pageant is a leadership building arena that has changed perceptions, impacted lives and can inspire change,” she said.

Twain also received awards for best topic, best sarong wea and best traditionally-inspired dress.

Miss Kuna Taberia Kiruwi Esther Aiga received the Miss Tourism Award, Miss International Training Institute Shiella Yama received the Miss Friendship and second runner-up awards, Miss Balance Fund Renee Siaguru received best talent and first runner-up awards, Miss After Dark Fashion Rachel Ezekiel received Miss Photogenic and third runner-up awards, and Miss Institute of Business Studies University Rosemary Lawih received the patron’s award.

Chairperson Molly O’Rourke said another important aspect of the pageant was the scholarship fund which assisted young women to complete or continue their education in tertiary institutions.

Since the inception of the pageant in 2011, the committee had raised more than K600,000 and assisted 193 women to continue or complete their education in colleges and tertiary institutions.

Pato Thanks Aust for Always Lending a Hand

By HELEN TARAWA in Vietnam (The National )

 

Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato thanked Australia for its support to Papua New Guinea in many issues including Apec 2018.

Pato, who met Australian counterpart Julie Bishop at the bilateral meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Wednesday, said it was always a pleasure when both ministers meet.

“It’s always a pleasure to meet at every opportunity that’s possible. That shows the bonds of friendship and ties between PNG and Australia and thank you always for the support that Australia gives to PNG,” Pato said.

“Our preparations and team work has been fantastic; we’ve built the security issues together with New Zealand and our teams have been good working together.”

Bishop said there have been a number of high level ministerial exchanges with PNG.

“We are very pleased that our prime ministers met at the Pacific Islands Forum and at the NRL grand final and we have had some very productive discussions about how to work in partnership with you in preparations for Apec 2018,” she said.

“It will be a significant even for PNG and for the Pacific and I’m looking forward to visit in mid-December and also looking forward to the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum early next year.

“There’s so much for Australia and PNG to discuss.

“I’m pleased that we are both at this meeting before PNG’s hosting of Apec in 2018 and I’m certainly looking forward to a number of issues that are being discussed in advance to your hosting the next Apec.”

PNG Thanks China

By : Post Courier

China assists national government in development

The Government has thanked the Government of China for its continued development assistance to Papua New Guinea.

National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru, met Chinese Ambassador, Xue Bing, this week and thanked the Chinese government for its support through its development aid program.

Mr Maru is also responsible for development assistance with responsibilities comprising the mobilisation of development assistance from other countries.

He acknowledged the recent support of the government of China to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force when it gave 62 military vehicles, worth K17.5 million.

He said the government of PNG will be requesting further financial assistance from China for the upgrade of roads, the upcoming APEC leaders’ summit which will be hosted in the country on 2018.

“This is especially for the city roads in Port Moresby and the convention centre.

“For APEC we are also seeking further assistance for the PNG Defence Force through their civil action program,” Mr Maru said.

He has also supported calls by the Rai Coast district in Madang Province – host of the Ramu Sugar project and the wharf and processing plant for the world-class Ramu Nickel mine – to appeal to the Chinese government to focus some of its development aid into the district.

“Our Government is keen to see the development of the road from Erima junction to Saidor station including building bridges across the rivers from Erima to the station”, he said.

With the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project being built by a Chinese company, minister Maru is also requesting for China to fund more economic development projects to help build the economy of for the province.

 

 

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