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Government taken measures to manage wild spendings by SOE’s

November 30, 2017

By ISAAC NICHOLAS

The Government has taken steps to centralise the budgetary process by cracking down on some public and statutory bodies collecting public monies and spend these outside of the Budget.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury and Finance Charles Abel said the Government is serious about improving the fiscal health of the country and this bill is a demonstration of that serious intent.

“Public funds that are raised by public and statutory bodies as non-tax revenue rightly belong in the Consolidated Revenue Fund so that they may be appropriated for expenditure by Parliament to meet the objectives of the Government.”

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch interjected claiming that the bill is part of the budget bills and in normal tradition this bill must be passed along with the budget.

“Why are we dealing with Budget Bills separately when the debate on the budget has been adjourned to next week Tuesday? Can we stop sneaking in stuff? We need to be able to understand the bills and it is part of the budget papers. It is attached to the budget bills.”

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill had to intervene to allow Mr Abel to introduce the bill, make his speech and defer the passing to Tuesday next week.

Minister Abel then proceeded saying that for too long, it has been the practice of some public and statutory bodies to retain, without authority, this non tax revenue to meet operational and other expenditures.

“These expenditures have taken place outside the budget process and this is unacceptable to government. Some, but not all, public and statutory do have legislation in place that purportedly allows them to retain this non-profit revenue, but those provisions have always offended against the best principles of public financial management and this Bill remedies those matters.

The Bill binds all public and statutory bodies. State owned Enterprises are excluded as they are not statutory bodies.

The Bill does not apply to the Bougainville or any public or statutory body created by the Bougainville Government.

The Government has decided to explicitly exempt Kumul Consolidated Holdings, Kumul Petroleum Company and the Kumul Minerals Company from this law as fiscal arrangements to them are currently being reviewed.

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K14 Billion for 2018

By : Post Courier

This Government will mobilise necessary resources within the tight fiscal envelope to provide growth conditions to set the pace for future growth and development.

The 2018 Capital investment Budget consolidate key interventions that will encourage business activities, generate employment, increase both export and tax revenues, replace import, and broaden and diversify our economic base strengthening renewable sectors and manufacturing.

A total deficit figure of K1987.2 million has also been factored in, which will be financed through external sources comprising K1613.4 million and K375.8 million from domestic sources.

The financing requirement for 2018 will result in total government debt reaching K25,807.6 million by the end of 2018, equivalent to 32.2 percent of GDP.

There are no new surprises in the 2018 Budget as the government introduces taxation measures aimed at improving revenue collection through greater compliance, broadening the tax base more equitably and efficiently and making tax administration simpler and more effective.

Mr Abel, in handing the 2018 Budget in Parliament, themed “Review our priorities, refocus our energies and reinforce our strengths”, said the government will maintain key priority expenditures in education, health, infrastructure, law and order, agriculture, tourism and small and medium enterprises.

The government has restored the DSIP, PSIP and WSIP in 2018 with K10 million to each district totalling K880 million and provinces to receive K10 million each totalling K220 million and ward SIPs get K64.4 million.

It has also allocated K300 million for administrative and logistics preparation for the APEC meeting next year.

The budget for the first time has given a big boost with the introduction of an economic stimulus package that will cost K665.9 million to grow the economy through agriculture, tourism and SMEs.

Mr Abel said the government is committed to delivering the Alotau Accord 2, as started in the 100-Day Plan, and the 2018 Budget is the second component that should spur economic growth, generate jobs, and empower people through meaningful engagement in economic activities to better themselves.

“The government will continue to invest in key national infrastructure programs in 2018, particularly the Highlands Highway, coastal jetties, the missing link road program, hydro and gas power generation stations and the international submarine cable project,” he said.

He said these are important transformational projects that will reduce costs in doing business, improve market access for rural farmers, and improve and lower cost of communications for businesses and consumers.

“The 2018 Budget will shift focus to generating jobs and business opportunities for our people in agriculture, tourism and SMEs. And it will provide the platform to showcase the best of PNG to the world at the upcoming APEC Summit,” Mr Abel said.

PM O’Neill Arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit

**** – Key Focus is on Enhancing Growth in Developing Economies ****

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The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has arrived in the city of Da Nang, in Viet Nam, for the 2017 APEC Leaders’ Summit.
On his arrival, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the APEC policy agenda that will help boost growth in key sectors of the Papua New Guinea economy.
“APEC is an important forum for growth and development in our region, and in the coming year will be even more important for Papua New Guinea when we host Leaders from around the region.
“The whole focus of the APEC Leaders’ Week is to strengthen our capacity to trade and to grow our economies.
“Through APEC we have the opportunity to generate more business, and that in turn creates more jobs.
“As a developing economy in APEC, Papua New Guinea also has the opportunity to strengthen capacity and skills in key sectors around the country.
“APEC is more than a single meeting each year, but it has a broad agenda covering agriculture, fisheries, women in the economy, transport and many other sectors that are vital for Papua New Guinea’s growth.
“Ultimately our work through APEC in these sectors is delivering direct benefits for our people.
“This APEC meeting will have a strong focus on adopting better digital technologies.
“For Papua New Guinea, expanding into the digital age, particularly for remote and rural communities is very important.”
The week-long series of APEC meetings also includes the 2017 APEC CEO Summit at which the Prime Minister will deliver an address.
“We have a number of Papua New Guinea business leaders who have come to Vietnam with our delegation.
“At the APEC CEO Summit our business representatives will be working to build better links with companies in Viet Nam and around the region.”
The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. Rimbink Pato MP, and APEC Minister, Hon. Justin Tkatchenko MP.

106 Districts Fail to Aquit K1.1 Billion

May 31, 2017

BY MICHAEL ARNOLD

A total of 106 provinces and districts have failed to acquit for the funding that they received from the disbursement of SIP funding last year.

Reports from the Department of Implementation and Rural Development (DIRD) have shown that out of the 22 provinces and 89 districts in PNG, only five have submitted their acquittals and annual reports for the K1.11 billion released for the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) and Provincial Services Improvement Program (PSIP) last year.

Only 5 out of 106 have acquitted for SIP funds

According to DIRD acting deputy secretary, Aihi Vaki, there has been a steep decline in the submission of annual reports and acquittals for DSIP and PSIP funding over the past four years.

“In 2013, we had 92 acquittals submitted and 19 not submitted. In 2014, we had 75 submitted and 36 not submitted. In 2015 we had 36 submitted and 75 not submitted and this year we have only received five so far. So you can now see the trend is that over this period, the acquittals and the level of reporting is dropping,” said Mr Vaki

“Although we have seen some development since the DSIP program was first implemented in the 2008 National Budget, irregular payments, and the non-submission of annual reports and acquittals have made both the DSIP and PSIP increasingly difficult to manage.

“It is not the sitting members fault. This is supposed to be the district administrators’ responsibility. But as the chairpersons of their respective District Development Authority (DDA) boards, they need to push for submission of acquittals because we need those reports,” Mr Vaki said.

It has become readily apparent that more stringent and transparent measures need to be taken in order to account for the sheer mass of funding that is being drawn down for DSIP and PSIP funding every year.

Tax payers deserve to know where their money is going and whether or not they are directly benefitting from it.

Leadership Needed to Maintain Services

 May 26, 2017KIRIWINA-GOODENOUGH

BY LEONNIE WAYANG

Basic government services like health, education and infrastructure are continuing programs that leaders have to implement.

Kiriwina-Goodenough MP, also Minister for Forest, Douglas Tomuriesa, said it is not so much the completion of these programs but their maintenance.

“We have started a lot of programs and I’m confident of coming back to continue these programs; not so much on completing them but to keep them going like health, education programs and infrastructure development programs in the electorate, which are important.”

“You cannot complete those programs, those are continuing programs,” he said.

“They are government-funded programs, and all they needed is leadership to keep 

them going,” Mr Tomuriesa said.

“I’ve done what I had to do in the last five years. Sometimes you cannot do everything in one go, but we’ve started off somewhere.”

Mr Tomuriesa said when he took office in 2012, there was no five-year development plan available.

“I found there was no five-year development plan.”

“So the first thing we did was work on a five-year development plan; and based on this development plan, we were able to achieve some of the things that we have done.”

“If you look at my election poster, the 10 policies I have basically covers the five-year development plan itself.”

“Last year, I revised the five-year development plan, and it’s now a 10-year development plan,” he added.

Secondary Schools be brought under Office of Higher Education – Czuba

Staff Reporter – PNG Today

Plans are underway to have all the powers of secondary schools throughout the country transferred to the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology.
They currently come under the Department of Education.
Acting Secretary of Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology Father Jan Czuba told NBC News, this is part of the department’s plans for the future.
“The full idea is to make sure that we maintain the quality of education.
“We are very much concerned that the high education sector cannot perform well if the primary and secondary are not doing well.
“We would like to implement a NEC decision of 1995.
“Teachers are very important in primary schools, but teachers coming from our colleges, the quality of education is lower and lower.
“We would like to implement new curriculum for teachers in teachers’ colleges, and we would like to focus too on centres of excellence in different provinces and regions.
“This will help them improve the curriculum, rehabilitate the current infrastructure and improve the learning and teaching environment,” Fr Jan said.

NBC News
Read more: http://news.pngfacts.com/2017/05/secondary-schools-i n-png-to-be.html#ixzz4iQqVJO8D

O’Neill cheered on in Moresby South

May 26, 2017 – Post Courier

Peter O’Neill became the first sitting Prime Minister to visit Sabama in Moresby South and was greeted by 7000 cheering locals for an early evening rally yesterday.

Community leaders greeted the PM, together with NCD Governor Powes Parkop, and Member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko. Community leaders addressed the crowd before their elected leaders, giving an account of the changes in their area, particularly in education and healthcare, that have made a real difference to their lives.

The Prime Minister made it clear to the crowd that the Opposition has made it clear that they would cut funding for these services.

“We must continue with good change, and keep delivering free education and universal healthcare to our people, not the bad change the opposition wants, which will see these essential services cut.

“Do not turn back the turn back the clock, we must keep delivering free education for our children. Our country has a great future, and we have built strong foundations.”

The Member for Moresby South said the change in the district will see the leaders of some of the world’s biggest countries meet in the district next year.

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Crowd Attending Tkatchenko and O’Neill talk at Sabama

“The Presidents of the United States, China, and Russia, and the Prime Minister of Japan, will be among world leaders who will meet in Moresby South at APEC Haus at Ela Beach.

“They will see the change that is taking place in our country and our city.”

Governor Parkop said it is time to keep embracing change. “Change does not happen because of any of us working alone.

“Because of our Prime Minister, and our Members including Justin Tkatchenko, we are delivering change in Port Moresby.

“We delivered the Pacific Games, we delivered FIFA, and we will deliver the Rugby League World Cup and APEC.

“By working in partnership we are building a world class national capital city for our country.”

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