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DPM Briefs World Bank

Press Release : Office of the Prime Minister

 

Deputy Prime Minister Briefs World Bank and IMF on Next Moves to Advance PNG Economy
Submarine Internet Cable and Concessional Funding for Restructuring Debt Discussed

Engagement with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, that will stimulate positive economic development in the face of global challenges, has been advanced at meetings in Washington D.C. by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Hon. Charles Abel MP.

Deputy Prime Minister Abel said the new submarine fibre optic communications cable project, that will deliver cheaper and faster Internet, and the provision of concessional financing for the restructuring of existing debt, will deliver positive economy stimulus for the economy.

“Papua New Guinea has a close working relationship with the World Bank and IMF, and the benefits of this engagement will become even more obvious to our people with the delivery of cheaper and faster Internet.

“Working with the World Bank, and also our partners in Australia, the new submarine communications cable will deliver greater Internet access for Papua New Guineans.

“The new communications cable will make the Internet we received on our computers and smart phones much faster, and with the increased supply we will see Internet data prices fall.

“Increased access to the Internet is essential if we are to advance Papua New Guinea’s economy and improve service delivery.

“The submarine cable has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, and now we are moving ahead so that it will be in place ahead of the APEC Summit.

“The time given to our country by the World Bank and IMF executive for meetings in Washington was tremendous.

“I took the opportunity to remind them of the particular circumstances of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific small island states.

“I said PNG has globally significant natural assets to build a new, responsible, sustainable economy that brings inclusive development to its people but also can support climate change mitigation globally.

“We are confronted with our immediate development challenges and are also on the frontline of the effects of climate change.”

The Deputy Prime Minister said discussions with the World Bank on restructuring existing debt with concessional funding will further simplify debt that has been established over recent decades, and reduce servicing costs.

“Papua New Guinea has never defaulted on a debt payment, and this is respected by global institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

“We are in talks with the World Bank and IMF so that we can bring together a number of scattered debts and consolidate these under a single debt facility at a much more favourable interest rate.

“Debt consolidation will save public funds and retire outstanding loans quicker than had previously been possible.”

Deputy Prime Minister Abel was accompanied by Treasury Secretary, Dairi Vele, and the Governor for the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Loi Bakani.

As well as the main Plenary Sessions of the World Bank Meeting, the DPM participated on 3 panels, including a panel with the World Bank CEO, and the Finance Ministers for Indonesia and Serbia, on Asia and the Growing Middle Class and Inclusive Development.

The DPM also had 15 meetings including separate meetings with CEO of the World Bank, Kristalina Gregorieva, Asia Pacific Director, Victoria Kwakwa, and Australian Treasurer, Scott Morrison.

Kuman Confident of Growth in Education

BY :  JERRY SEFE ( Post Courier )

Education Minister Nick Kuman is confident that the education sector is rapidly advancing due to the government’s firm commitment.

Mr Kuman said this last week when wishing the Grade 10s around the country “best of luck” in their national exams while acknowledging the government’s firm support with the tuition fee free (TFF) policy over the years.

He said the continuing commitment of the government is reflected in the “follow-on national education plan” (NEP) which builds on the many successes that the government has achieved in education in recent years, as well as learning from its mistakes.

“The NEP provides a roadmap for implementing the government’s commitment by providing education and training in technical and vocational skills that are essential for human development and building the nation,” Mr Kuman said.

The minister also said the focus today is to ensure that all the people of Papua New Guinea have the opportunity to have access to education and training that they are entitled to as citizens.

“Papua New Guineans must not be left out on education because of various contributing factors such as age groups, everyone is entitled to education and learning does not stop there,” he said.

“Basically our point and focus is on improving quality of education standard and take into account of widespread consultation as well gender equality which is a cross-cutting issue reflected in the plan all for a positive outcome of quality leaning.”

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.

O’Neill urges Students, Parents to look after Property

By : The National

 

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has urged the students, parents and teachers of the Butuka Primary School in Port Moresby to look after a project which the Chinese government is supporting.

He attended the hoisting ceremony of the K70 million school project at Sabama as the model school for the National Capital District.

O’Neill said the school project was one of the many projects supported by the Chinese government.

“I’m glad to say that they have chosen to invest in this project, a model project school in the country,” he said.

“I appeal to the parents, students, board of management, teachers and staff to take ownership of the management of this place in a more responsible manner.

“It is easy to accept infrastructure as such but it is important that we look after it into the future. Let us maintain it so it can educate thousands of young Papua New Guineans.

“Opportunities come once in a lifetime and our people need to show some responsibility and take ownership and making sure that our children have a better chance.”

Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko thanked the Chinese government through the Shenzhen local level government for choosing Butuka Primary School.

“Butuka will be something that all of us can be proud of and I thank the Chinese government for sponsoring this magnificent project,” he said.

Chairman of the school Goasa Moses said Butuka was a model school.

K3.1b Pay-Hike Bill Probed

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK ( The National )

 

AN exercise is being carried out in government departments to find out why the total civil service salary bill swelled by K3.1 billion from K1.4 billion to K4.5 billion in four years.

Public Service Minister Elias Kapavore said a data-cleansing exercise which had begun should identify positions being duplicated.

The exercise involves the Personnel Management Department in consultation with the departments of Treasury and Finance to verify the huge annual increases to the public sector wage bill.

“The primary records show that the public sector wage bill in 2012 was K1.4 billion. This increased to K4.5 billion in 2016,” Kapavore said.

“While we need the increase in manpower to meet services demands, we must be accountable and prudent in controlling costs and achieving efficiencies.”

Kapavore said the data cleansing exercise would include national and provincial administrations “to establish a one-person, one-position, one-pay status for all public servants”.

“We will make it compulsory for all public servants to be registered through the national identification system,” he said.

“All organisations must improve their staff profiling system to put faces to the names of all public servants.”

Kapavore said he was seeking the cooperation of all sectors to support the government initiative “as we strive to improve productivity”.

Earlier, Kapavore said some public servants around the country were yet to be inducted in the public service system.

“That’s why they don’t know their job descriptions,” he said.

“There are many public servants not been inducted on their roles and responsibility.

“Induction programmes are so important. Once someone is recruited, they must be given their job description so that they will know what is required of them. They must also understand the General Orders and Parliament Acts.”

APEC Has Benefits, Says Minister

By : Post Courier

Transport Minister Westly Nukundj has assured the country on the importance of APEC, that its costs will be worth it in the end.

He said major benefits to the country will not be seen on the surface of the meet, but in the various agreements that will be made between PNG, as the host country, and various members of the APEC family.

He said despite criticism aimed against the Government, bilateral agreements will be forged for assistance and investments that would not have come about without the meet.

Mr Nukundj said this during the 10th Transport Ministers Meeting (TMM10) held in Port Moresby, last weekend.

“We get a lot of criticisms that we are wasting a lot of money on such meetings like TMM10 and also the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit.”

“I can assure you that this is not a waste, where we get all the economies and why is it held here in a small country like Papua New Guinea when it should be held in countries like Australia.”

“Some people we need to change our mentality of thinking and reasoning.”

Mr Nukundj gave indication of talks regarding new port developments in the country discussed with APEC members.

“For instance like we met with Chinese Taipei and I indicated to them the need for us to have new ports.”

“We currently need four ports, one in Western Province, one for Wewak, Vanimo and the other one Manus.”

“But who is going to build it? The government is encouraging people to grow oil palm but facilities are not there to export.”

“With the exposure we are getting a lot of experience and knowledge and assistance from the economies that are taking part in the TMM10,” Nukundj said.

MP Keen to Address Issue of Squatter Settlements

By : The National

 

Urbanisation and Housing Minister John Kaupa wants to address the issue of people squatting on State land in Moresby North-East and Port Moresby.
Kaupa over the weekend had talks with custodians of land at 7-Mile.
He has taken Urbanisation Office to task in negotiation for conversion of customary land into proper suburbs.
The planning, once in fruition, will see thousands of settlers given an opportunity to own a piece of land with a house.
Kaupa, with Urbanisation Office executive-director Max Kep and senior officers from the office, were at a site known as Faraya behind the PNG Defence Force Air Transport Squadron to meet Moiha clan leaders.
This is the second visit by Kaupa to an area which he sees as having the potential to bring in positive spin-off benefits for landowners.
Kaupa said other stakeholders like Department of Lands and Physical planning, National Capital District Commission, Eda Ranu, PNG Power Ltd and Governor Powes Parkop would be informed once formalities with landowners were established.
He said he had lived at 6-Mile Settlement for almost 25 years and knew problems of land and housing.
Kaupa said he also respected the Motu-Koitabu people as traditional landowners.
“The Moiha clan will get maximum benefit in terms of resettlement and development in their area,” he said.
“We will not repeat the mistakes of the Taurama customary land that saw land owners sell their land randomly, without proper consultation with Urbanisation and Lands Department, or service lines such as water and electricity.”

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