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Tkatchenko Appointed Minister for APEC

By : Post Courier


Cabinet has appointed Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko, as Minister Responsible for APEC as 2018 approaches.
The responsibility for APEC will be added to the Minister’s current portfolio of Lands and Physical Planning.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced this yesterday afternoon, saying that with less than two months remaining before the start of APEC 2018, it is timely for the Minister to resume the portfolio he held before the national elections.
“Minister Tkatchenko has substantial experience in the coordination of major events at the ministerial level,” Mr O’Neill said.
“As minister, he oversaw the successful delivery of the Pacific Games and the Pacific Islands Forum.
“Hosting APEC is of much greater magnitude, and Minister Tkatchenko is well placed to ensure the successful delivery of all of the components that must be delivered for APEC in the coming year.
“Over the past three years, Minister Tkatchenko has had a core role in planning for APEC 2018 in Papua New Guinea, and particularly as APEC Minister prior to the elections.”
Mr O’Neill said the start of the APEC year is only months away, and the government’s preparations continue to increase.
“Beginning with the Informal Senior Officials Meeting in December, the focus of APEC member economies and the regional business community will be on Papua New Guinea.
“Through the year we will hold a range of technical and ministerial meetings concluding with the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November 2018.
“In this time, there will be substantial attention on the delivery of major projects including the construction of APEC Haus, the Hilton Hotel and the renovation and upgrade of Morauta House and the National Convention Centre,” Mr O’Neill said.
“In the delivery phase of APEC, we will see the ongoing increase in personnel and the training regime for staff who are delivering APEC logistics, security and the policy agenda.
“Papua New Guinea will experience significant gains from hosting APEC, which will not only include the promotion of trade, investment and tourism, but in capacity strengthening in economic sectors.
“The APEC policy agenda and technical support covers a wide range of areas critical for development and the creation of more jobs.
“This includes agriculture, forestry, transportation, tourism and resources that are all essential for future economic growth in the country.”


Basil to Cut Costs

By : The National


NEW Communication, Information Technology and Energy Minister Sam Basil wants to put in place “responsible, affordable and accessible” communication in radio, television and the internet during his tenure.

Thanking Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday for assigning him the ministry, Basil said he looked forward to serving the people as a member of Cabinet.

“I will issue official statements on the way forward in the ministry of communications, information technology and energy after being briefed by relevant government departments and agencies,” he said in a statement.

The Communication and Information Technology portfolio was formerly held by Francis Maneke, the Talasea MP from West New Britain, who has since been decommissioned.

The Energy portfolio was held by Fabian Pok, the Minister for Petroleum.

O’Neill said the changes would strengthen the Government’s focus on key growth sectors “that will have a direct impact on business development and community advancement”.

“I have great confidence in the minister’s (Basil’s) capacity to meet the challenges and opportunities that our country faces in these areas (communications and energy),” O’Neill said.

“There are clear synergies between the energy and communications sectors brought about by technological advances that are enabling Papua New Guinea to deliver positive change not only in urban areas, but also in rural and remote areas.”

Basil said he wanted to see a sustainable energy policy and regulatory framework to power up industries, urban and rural areas.

“Energy is often the first utility requirement before water and telecommunications so we must get our energy policy right,” Basil said. In communications, Basil plans to review the National Broadcasting Commission and provincial radio stations.

He wants the re-introduction of shortwave and medium wave frequencies to improve radio access in remote rural areas as was in the early 1980s.

Basil also hopes to review NBC funding, revenue generation and financial management to see that cash flow and its implications on wages are addressed urgently.

He is the parliamentary leader of the 15 Pangu Pati MPs who recently crossed from the Opposition following the formation of the Government after the general election.

NID System Working Well

BY MATTHEW VARI ( Post Courier )


Despite many criticisms leveled against the National Identification (NID) System, National Planning secretary Hakaua Harry said for the last five years the government has spent over K200 million on the rollout of the system which is working.

She said many do not realise the amount of time and resources spent on the creation of the systems and infrastructure base required to ensure the large scale system works for its intended purpose.

“For the last five years with the resources that were given it is to establish the system. That system has been established,” Harry said.

“In the rollout we need to populate the system. You can’t have a system that doesn’t have data to be able to generate anything.”

“We did Ialibu Pangia and we did some of Port Moresby and a little bit across the country just so that we can get information to populate the system to see that it is working.”

With the establishment of NID for provinces has seen the establishment of offices, card printing system and a system to print birth certificates.

“We have attempted to trial that and now and it’s working. Now we have created almost about 17 to 18 provincial offices at the provincial level for people to come in and register so that can go into the system to generate the ID cards.”

“We will now have a new office called the national identity and civil registry office. Its responsibility first of all was for births and deaths and marriages and divorces.”

“But right now with the system in place we are going to have a population database system. We are going to basically know what kind of population we have out there.”

Ms Harry said the system can tie in other government services and platforms that will enable proper roll out of other services including the electoral commission, which has had its common roll the subject of many debate.

Let’s Go PNG

By : Post Courier

Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill are urging rugby league-mad Papua New Guineans to join them and barrack for PNG Hunters in their maiden grand final appearance in Australia this weekend.

The two leaders sent their well wishes yesterday to the Hunters as well as the Prime Minister’s XIII, who clash with Australia’s Prime Minister’s XIII in Port Moresby tomorrow.

About 4000 Papua New Guineans will be watching the Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday in a bid to win Queensland’s state competition – their first ever rugby league title.

Papua New Guineans living and working in Australia are making their way to the Suncorp Stadium to watch the game.

Members of Parliament, businessmen and women, and supporters have started arriving in Brisbane, including an Air Niugini charter from Port Moresby, for the clash.

Vice-regal Sir Bob expressed his best wishes to the PNG Hunters on Sunday and the PNG XIII who play at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow.

“You are an inspiration to our young and old alike, that no matter where they are in our country, and whatever they do, be it in sports, business or community service, they too can have an impact on the international scene and make our nation proud,” Sir Bob Dadae said.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who is in the US, will not be present when the Hunters take on the Falcons, but he has sent his highest regards and best wishes for the team.

“Ever since the PNG Hunters were admitted to the Queensland Rugby League’s Intrust Cup competition in 2014, the team has represented Papua New Guinea, and our national sport, rugby league, in the best spirit of the game and our nation,” Mr O’Neill said.

The PNG Hunters has dominated the Queensland state competition this year, winning the minor premiership, and captain Ase Boas, the best and fairest.

If the Hunters win on Sunday, their journey won’t be over. “They’ll play the winner of the New South Wales competition, in yet another match that’s sure to stop a nation,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported yesterday.

PNG PM’s 13 ready

By ISAAC LIRI ( The National )

THE Papua New Guinea Prime Minister’s 13 team for Saturday’s annual rugby league fixture against Australia was finalised yesterday.

Coach Stanley Tepend, pictured, was given the honour of naming the National Gaming and Control Board-sponsored 18-man side in place of head coach Michael Marum who is committed to preparations for the SP PNG Hunters’ Q-Cup grand final in Brisbane on Sunday.

The team was named in the presence of Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai, naming rights sponsor National Gaming Control Board chief executive officer Imelda Agon, and PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka. “I think the selectors have done a good job giving me a good side to work with. We have a couple of debutants and a couple of experienced players. We are also fortunate to have a couple of Hunters players,” Tepend said.

Knowing the massive task at hand with the Australian PM’s 13 consisting of great NRL players aiming to impress Australian Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga for a spot in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, Tepend was confident his players would rise to the occasion.

“We are expecting a really tough match. We are working hard to match them and we know it won’t be easy, but our players have passion to play for their country,” he said. “I think we just have to prepare menatlly with the short period of time given. Our players know how to play and anything can happen. We will just have to work to our strengths.

“It’s always a challenge playing Australia because you’re up against the world’s best players but it’s also an opportunity for our boys.”

The only omission to the extended squad named last week was former Kumul forward Timothy Lomai ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Chairman Tsaka said he was confident in the side made up of Digicel Cup talent.

Vice-minister Raminai reminded the players that giving their best was what was expected.

Raminai announced five-eighth Charlie Simon as the side’s captain.

Meanwhile, the Australian PM’s 13 and Jillaroos teams arrive in Port Moresby this afternoon.

The Jillaroos are due in at 12.35pm with the Meninga’s PM’s 13 due in from Cairns at 1.10pm.

Both teams will enter through the ceremonial park for the public to greet them.

A media conference will be held at Stanley Hotel where the coach Meninga and captain Aaron Woods and Jillarros coach Brad Donald and captain Ruan Simms will attend.

They will be joined by coach Tepend and captain Simon and Oil Search PNG Orchids coach Dennis Miall and captain Cathy Neap.

All four teams will attend dinner at the Crowne Plaza tomorrow night to raise funds for the Orchids.

The teams will conduct coaching clinics tomorrow morning at the National Football Stadium. The theme for this year’s matches is “Strong men respect women”.

This is will be the Jillaroos’ first visit to PNG while the Orchids will make history by playing their first ever game.

PNG PM’s 13: 1. Joe Joshua (Tigers) 2. Brendan Gotuno (Vipers) 3. Stanford Talitha (Wigmen) 4. Junior Rau (Wigmen) 5. Karo Kauna Jr (Hunters) 6. Jason Missian (Gurias) 7. Charlie Simon – captain (Tigers) 8. Junior Rop (Tigers) 9. Stanley Olo (Gurias) 10. Dilbert Isaac (Gurias) 11. Tuvi Lepan (Gurias) 12. Kato Ottio (Mounties, NSW) 13. John Andy (Tigers); Reserves: 14. Sailas Gahuna (Hunters) 15. William Mone (Hunters) 16. Eddie Daffa (Lahanis) 17. Muka Peter Kulu (Hunters) 18. Joshua Nane (Mioks).

Newsrooms urged to improve content

BY: Carmella Gware

The Media Council of PNG is urging newsrooms to improve their editorial content.

“Is your content empowering or disempowering Papua New Guineans?” asked Council president Alexander Rheeney.

“If your content is not empowering Papua New Guineans then sorry, you have no business in the media industry.”

Speaking during the recent Yumi-Olgeta media get-together, Rheeney highlighted the disappointing, continuous drop in media standards in the country.

“Individual media organisations need to address the situation in their own newsrooms because at the end of the day, your content is disempowering Papua New Guineans.”



Media Council President Alexander Rheeney.


However, the president said a lot of colleagues in the media are doing a wonderful job right now, going out to some very isolated communities in PNG to get the story.

“There are a few who are letting the industry down,” stated Rheeney. “And they need to pull up their socks.

“At the end of the day, it’s the news editors who have ultimate responsibility over quality of content. And if someone doesn’t meet up to your standards, you need to kick them out as soon as possible.”