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Committee Needed To Address Poultry Issues

May 25, 2017BY MELISHA YAFOI
RURAL Industries Council chairman Sir Brown Bai has urged that a Credible Strategic Review Committee be immediately established by National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA).

This is to investigate and review the status of the disease of birds in Malaysia and other countries from where poultry is being imported.

These calls have been made following reports of the illegal importation of frozen poultry into PNG and of PNG’s disease-free status.
He said it is crucial that birds and animals must be carefully screened to ensure they are disease free.
“Government has not adequately resourced NAQIA to do its job well.”


The RIC urges the Government to resource NAQIA adequately and also requests the Government to establish the full NAQIA Board.
“Calls by the private sector to Government to establish a fully constituted Board have fallen on deaf ears,” Sir Brown said.
“The RIC is very concerned that almost all our major cash crops have been hit by pests and diseases that came in from outside the country,” he said.
“All commodities Boards, apart from oil palm, have Interim Boards and by their respective laws, these Boards must be appointed urgently,” he added.
Pertinent questions were put to the PNG Customs chief Commissioner Ray Paul, including if customs were aware of the containers with illegal frozen chicken that had been landed in the country, reportedly from Malaysia.
However, Mr Paul neither confirmed nor denied this.
Instead the customs chief said the entry of the poultry imports was a matter for NAQIA as the regulatory Authority and technical capacity to deal with.
“PNG Customs Service will only facilitate poultry imports if and when approval is granted by NAQIA. Any importer or the Poultry Industry who has issues relating to poultry imports will have to see NAQIA.
“PNG Customs service works very closely with NAQIA on all imports relating to plants and animals which are regulated by NAQIA laws.
“Furthermore, we encourage the public and Industry to provide information of interest that they deem illegal upon sighting to assist us with our work,” he said.

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Govt Heads urged to visit Rural Areas

By : Post Courier

Chief Secretary to government Isaac Lupari has told departmental heads at the second department heads meeting that they have a purpose for going to rural parts of the country for their meeting.

The meeting was held at Keapara village in Rigo district, Central Province and attended by 70 heads and senior staff of departments, statutory agencies, state-owned enterprises and constitutional offices.

“We often design and develop policies and plans from Waigani without fully understanding the challenges and needs of 80 per cent of our people who live in the rural settings of our country,” Mr Lupari said.

“As a result many of these policies and plans have failed in the past, which has resulted in wastage of millions of kina.”

Mr Lupari urged everyone to not make the same mistake, learn from past experiences and continue to chart and develop a new part for service delivery.

“If we do not, it will be a great injustice to our people and the next generation, who are children,” he said.

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“The O’Neill Government’s policies are rural-focused and aimed at improving the rural settings and deliver vital services to the people.

“Going rural and coming to Keapara village gives us a great opportunity to see how services are delivered so that we can improve it.

Mr Lupari said the visit allows heads of departments; statutory agencies and SOEs to see things for themselves, listen to the people’s stories of the types of challenges they go through every day of their lives, and what their needs are.

“This is critically important so we can be able to improve on the policy settings and recalibrate service delivery methods and mechanisms to better deliver services.”

Mr Lupari urged heads of departments, statutory agencies and SOEs who stayed for the night activities with the community to use the opportunity for frank discussions with the people of Keapara, Karawa and Alukuni.

“We are their servant, and let’s work to improve the lives of our people.”

‘Public funds, govt property not to be used’

By : The National

Public servants are not be to be involved in campaigning or use government property for it, Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali said yesterday.

“All public employees are informed once again (reminded) not to participate in the campaigns of candidates during the election period,” he said in a circular to public servants.

“It is illegal for candidates to either solicit support from public employees or to accept support from public employees for their election campaigns.

 

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Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali

 

“Public personnel, funds and facilities must not be used in
any form to provide transport, fuel, telephones and communications, computers, secretarial services, photocopying or printing, travel or accommodation costs, refreshment and catering, broadcasting, use of furniture and equipment, and/or election support of any kind for the aspiring candidates.”

Kali urged public servants to report their colleagues who were involved in such activities.

He also asked agency heads to forward to his office, no later than May 24, a list of all officers who had resigned to contest the general election as well as their
dates of resignation and dates of termination and removal from payroll.

MANAGEMENT OF ECONOMY PRIORITY – O’NEILL

Australia-PNG Business Council
16th May 2017

PRIME MINISTER Peter O’Neill during his address at opening of the Australian-PNG Business Council in Port Moresby said it was important PNG and Australia continued its long-standing relationship, especially the bilateral trade relations between them.

He said in the past few years both countries faced challenging times whilst working to manage the impacts of the current downturn in the global economy described his government in making tough decisions to address the issue.

“We identified ways and deferred non-priority items. We also reformed many practises, both in government and SOE to manage our economy during the course of the global economic downturn,” He said.

Despite the current economic situation faced by Papua New Guinea, the national government continued its commitment through the delivery of essential government services and also the completion of vital national projects nationwide.

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“The theme of this forum ‘navigating the cycle and creating opportunities in challenging times’ is relevant for both countries. But in Papua New Guinea, the lessons of the recent drop in commodity price should deliver some tough lessons for us to learn from.”

Mr O’Neill compared PNG’s economy to many parts in Australia that have always been held at ransom by the ‘boom and bust cycle’ in the resource sector.

Despite the unfriendly economic climate, the national government was on task in helping to reshape the economy whilst broadening its economic base.

He said we needed to manage our economy and move away from the ‘boom and bust cycle’ since we could not afford to rely on the resource sector forever.

“At the height of the boom energy prices, our government received revenue over K2 billion per annum. However at the bust in energy prices our revenue declined to a mere K200 million per annum,” Mr O’Neill said.