Source: Post Courier Online
BY GORETHY KENNETH
The Government is well advanced in implementing the 100 day, 25 point plan, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel said.
Abel, speaking from Washington D.C. where he is attending the Annual Board of Governors meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund has noted the 50 day mark of the 100 Day, 25 Point Plan as of the 13th of October 2017.
The Bank of PNG has made a US$100m intervention into the FOREX market and the Napanapa Refinery is purchasing 50% of its crude oil needs from Oil Search in Kina.
Separately the US$395m budget for the health sector and the US$1bn concessional loan for the Highlands Highway from the ADB is well progressed.”
“The Supplementary Budget has been passed and we are completing the 2018 Budget for the November parliamentary session,” said Abel
Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel says the 2017 supplementary budget expected to be handed down later this month has been completed.
Abel did not given further details, saying it would have to be taken to Cabinet first.
“Supplementary budget is completed,” Abel told The National.
“It has to be taken to Cabinet next week.”
Abel said the 100-day Government plan, of which the 2017 supplementary budget was part of, was progressing well.
“We re progressing, we’ve got an implementation matrix, we’ve got a technical team working at the back, I’m communicating with all the ministers, I’m meeting with them every day.
“As we go along, we will give updates.
“As we go along, I’ll bring in media and update you on the implementation process.
“For example, we’ll have our report at the 50-day, 75-day and then 100-day.”
Source: Post Courier Online
BY MATTHEW VARI
Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates Dr Alphonse Gelu has congratulated deputy prime minister Charles Abel for his early submission of his election returns.
Dr Gelu has said the deputy PM went ahead to personally fill in the Form 35 document, something which many MPs were not able to do personally.
“I am very happy with the deputy prime minister because what he did is that he did it himself. What most of the MPs do is they get their general secretaries to do it on their behalf,” Dr Gelu said.
“That is not what we expect from our MPs. They have to fill these forms themselves because they themselves know how much they got and how much they spent.”
“You cannot give to your general secretary because they will not know everything, so I want to remind our MPs to fill these forms themselves.”
Dr Gelu said that Mr Abel had managed, from his busy schedule, to fill in the form requested by the registry.
As of yesterday, four MPs had submitted their election returns along with only one political party.
He said the good sign so far has been an increase in the number of MPs visiting his office to obtain Form 35.
With two months left, the registry hopes more MPs will comply with the requirement as stipulated in the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and