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Opening Address to Parliament – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

Address to Parliament by

Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP

Prime Minister 


22 August 2017

Mr. Speaker,
I thank His Excellency, the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae, for his opening address to this Honourable House this morning.

Mr. Speaker,
Please allow me to express the Government’s appreciation on this occasion, and at the same time Mr. Speaker, to take this opportunity to welcome all Members of Parliament on both sides of the House. 
Our people have placed their trust in all of us to represent them in this House so we can continue to stand-up for the interests of our great Nation.
Now is the time to be united behind this common trust that our people have place in us.
Now is a time to put aside personality politics.
It is a time to debate policy and ideas that will advance the interests of all Papua New Guineans.
As a Government, we will continue to build on the foundations that we laid over the past five years.
We went to elections with a core set of policies, and the voters embraced these policies.
Working with our coalition partners in Alotau, we have further strengthened these policies, and this going to be is the agenda that we bring to this Parliament.
We have the mandate of the people, and we will honour this mandate given to us through our words and through our actions.

ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS
As a Government we must maintain focus on strengthening our economic foundations of our Nation.
We will review the revenue that our Government currently generates.
Through this process we will identify areas where we are not reaching our true potential, and to increase these revenue streams.
This will involve the development of a comprehensive Medium-Term Revenue Strategy to stimulate revenue-led growth for our economy.

REVENUE AND DEBT REVIEW
Alongside this assessment of revenue, we will undertake a very comprehensive review of expenditure and our debt management strategy.
We acknowledge that debt is an essential part of life for Government and business alike. 
We must continue to think long-term and continue to apply sensible debt management.
Our economy is in a strong position compared to similar economies around the world, and we will continue to review this position and make positive change.

EXPANDING ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION
An important element in facilitating true economic growth is sharing the gains so that all people benefit.
Our Government, working with our agencies of Government and international partners, will expand the delivery of economic inclusion programs.
We will continue to increase financial literacy and access to credit in the formal economy.

SME DEVELOPMENT
Over the last 40 years, one key business short-falls has been our country’s ability to grow the SME Sector.
While we are open to inviting more foreign direct investment, we need there to be a more level playing field especially in the SME sector.
We are delivering a comprehensive strategy that will grow this sector into the future.

RESOURCES PROJECTS
When it comes to large-scale projects, global companies continue to maintain the highest level of confidence in our oil, gas and mineral sectors.
We are working with TOTAL from France, ExxonMobil from the United States, Oil Search and other companies so that we can develop the next level of LNG production in our country.
At the same time, we know that our value-add strategy coming from this is one that we must advance so that our people and our country continue to benefit more.
We will advance plans to establish a petrochemicals industry in our country over the coming years.

LAND OWNERSHIP
We also need to work harder so that we can continue to support land ownership and equitable benefit sharing that our people are demanding.
We want to ensure that traditional owners can truly benefit from the resources that they and their communities have possessed for thousands of years.
To this end, we are committed to a review on ownership rights of resources in our country.

FORESTRY
Our forestry sector is another resource where we can value-add.
For far too long, Governments have had a less than transparent visibility of this industry where a blind-eye has been turned to issues blatantly before Government.
In this term of Government we will legislate for sustainable forestry development, and we will continue to increase landowner participation in this industry.

TOURISM
A further area of great potential for our people is tourism in this country.
There is so much that we have to offer the world tourism market, and to offer to our own domestic tourist market.
We must strengthen tourism infrastructure, this includes not only building hotels, but other infrastructure like sea ports and air ports.
As agreed in the Second Alotau Accord, we will promote and establish associated infrastructure for the tourism Hubs in our country.

INFRASTRUCTURE
The economy of our nation can only move forward if we have the right infrastructure in place.
Over recent decades, infrastructure has been left to ruin, and has not kept pace with a growing population.
Through the Second Alotau Accord, we have committed to opening up missing links, especially road and bridge links between many of the isolated communities right throughout the country.
We are determined to bring other infrastructure such as power and telecommunications, and make them cheaper.

LAW AND ORDER
Over recent decades, Papua New Guinea has suffered from a negative reputation because of Law and Order issues.
Through the policy initiatives of the Second Alotau Accord, we will create safer and more secure communities.
Our Government is committed to continuing the recruitment of well-disciplined police men and woman, and also other disciplined forces, and equipping them properly so that the can do a fair job.
We will also review legislation that governs all of our disciplined services, to ensure far better accountability so that there is far better command and control structures in place.
Today, in many parts of the country the judiciary and legal system are also gaining access to better infrastructure.
At the same time, our judiciary and legal infrastructure will continued to be enhanced and updated.

EDUCATION
Free education for our children has certainly changed the Nation and launched a new path for many Papua New Guineans.
Over the past five years we have placed more than one million additional children in school.
The first five years of free education has come with a lot of challenges, we are the first to admit this.
Our clear focus now is on improving the quality of education for all of our children.
We also need to keep increasing the number of Papua New Guineans who are getting trade qualifications, as well as expanding their academic qualifications through universities.
We are committed to establishing of an Education Endowment Fund that will further enhance quality education being delivered throughout our country.

HEALTHCARE
Providing healthcare to remote and rural areas remains a core Government policy.
Access to hospital care should not be restricted to urban areas only, and in this term of Government, we will continue to build and rehabilitate district and provincial hospitals.
We will continue to work with churches, NGOS and partner Governments, to strengthen our healthcare services.
We will subsidise specialised healthcare, and we will improve the collation and use of health data and wellbeing indicators. 

POPULATION
We really do not know how many people live in our country.
We have estimates, but these are not accurate enough.
We need to re-establish a National Data Collection Centre so that we can plan better and we can develop policies that better reflect the population distribution in our country.
Accurate population data is key for proper Public Policy planning and monitoring. 
We must aim to keep our economic growth above our population growth, and we can only do this by having access to reliable data so that we can monitor these very indicators as we move forward.

FOREIGN POLICY
We live in an ever-changing and globalising world, it is essential that we position ourselves to be a functional and respected global citizen.
We will continue to grow our trading opportunities and partnerships with many other countries within the region.
We will continue to build our multi-national relations that we already have.
Papua New Guinea is now the incoming host of APEC.
In November next year, the twenty Presidents and Prime Ministers of APEC’s other Member Economies will visit our country.
This is an opportunity to showcase our country to the world.
It is an opportunity to change the way the world views our country.
Papua New Guinea’s APEC will have very Pacific-style Hospitality along with world-class security arrangements.

CONCLUSION – POSITIVE FUTURE
We will continue to be a Government that Governs for all Papua New Guineans.
We must unite all of our people for the betterment of their lives and our country.
We will execute the mandate that has been entrusted to us with diligence and compassion.
We will work day-and-night to deliver the infrastructure and the services that will continue to strengthen our economy and our communities.
This is our pledge that our Government makes to our people.
We thank our Nation and this Honourable House for the mandate that has been bestowed upon us.
We will certainly not let you down, and we will deliver to your expectations.
God Bless Papua New Guinea.

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

Social Media Guidelines to be Developed – Kali

26 May 2017 – Reports by HELEN TARAWA
Social media and its influence on public service were among the challenges that Pacific Public Service Commissioners discussed this week.
Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali told a press conference yesterday that social media was a challenge for the public service and that policies would be developed for guidelines.
“We will be looking at specific issues like impact of social media on transparency and the role of government,” he said
“Social media has been very influential in the way the governments have been run, so as a public service we want to look at how we can develop a policy around those issues.
“Citizen centric policy development, where we want to engage the public in terms of influencing policy, and how we capture the citizen and public perception of the public service.

“We are looking at the role of public servants and what role they must play in the social media.

“These are the perimeters that we must establish and provide some guidelines as public servants,” Kali said.


He said another major concern was service delivery through value and ethics-based leadership.
All leaders of the public service must have strong values and must be ethical in their conduct to be role models in service delivery.
The values include honesty, integrity, accountability, respect responsibility and wisdom which are universal and enshrined in the PNG Constitution.
“We’ve identified those issues as we move forward in addressing social media, gender and violence to remove from the work place,” Kali said.
Samoa Public Services Commissioner Vaosa Epa said the conference looked at ethics-based leadership framework that PNG had developed.
“The values that are being enshrined are going to be applied in all the different jurisdictions across the region as a guide to ethical leadership,” she said.

Australian Academics To Visit UNRE

May 25, 2017 – Post Courier
Three Australian academics will be at the University of Natural Resources and Environment campus this week under the kina-for-kina (K4K) program, an innovative and collaborative new program established by the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to improve quality in higher education in PNG.

Professor Paul Gadek, Dr Rob Brown and Emma Kill will carry out a teaching quality assurance systems audit.

The review is a follow on from the external academic audit conducted at UNRE in 2013 by a group of academics from Australia and PNG, who identified a number of important areas that the university needed to improve.

These included how the university tries to control the quality of its teaching, how it regulates the content of its courses and carries out teaching and assessment.

UNRE vice-chancellor Professor John Warren said in addressing the problems, the university’s administration systems were reviewed and refreshed and a number of new teaching administration systems were introduced.
“If we are to genuinely make progress and improve it is important that we know if these new systems are working,” Prof Warren said.

He said this would be the task of the visiting academics – to determine if the new teaching administrations system are understood and are being used effectively so that further improvements could be made to increase quality.

Divine Word University and the University of Technology will also receive grants under the K4K program. One will improve its business programs while the other is targeting training for the development of teaching and learning.

Prof Warren said he believes K4K will support more highly skilled graduates as well as lecturers.
“The government of Papua New Guinea truly appreciates the K4K initiative because it is aimed directly at assisting the areas of education that will lead to good outcomes for students,” he said.

Juffa Backs TFF, Says Need Improvement

May 23, 2017 – Post Courier
FREE EDUCATION

 

Leader of Peoples Movement for Change Party and Oro governor Gary Juffa says he supports free education, but this policy needs a review for improvement to match world education standard.
“I support the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) policy, but it needs significant improvement. It was never properly designed and never took into consideration the need for additional supporting infrastructure such as classrooms for additional children and additional teacher’s houses for additional teachers.”


Mr Juffa said the constant delays in the funding had caused much misery in learning for children and a general decline in quality of education.
“Our children are poorly educated and our teachers treated terribly.”
“PMFC shall improve on the TFF policy by conducting reviews and designing it to be world class in quality.
“Schools need science laboratories and e-libraries. Teachers need world-class training and a significant improvement in their welfare. They are very important aspect of nation building, and this government has totally forgotten them. We won’t,” Mr Juffa said.
He was responding to a challenge made by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to his critics to come up with a better policy on education.
Mr O’Neill has said in Keapara at the heads of departments meeting that free education should be pushed to greater heights and not kicked out as suggested by his critics.
The only other critic is Opposition Leader and THE Party leader Don Polye, who claimed that the free education policy under the current government was not working and wanted a subsidised scheme for parents to share some fees from primary to Grade 12, and government to pay for tertiary and higher education.