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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.

US Accepts 54

The National

THE Government has welcomed the approval by the United States to resettle some refugees from Manus, and hopes more cases are resolved before the closure of the centre next month.

A United States Department official confirmed yesterday that a “first group” of 54 refugees had been approved and would travel to the US in  the coming weeks, and more should be resettled in the coming months. An agreement was struck last year with the Obama administration.

The Manus regional processing centre will be closed on Oct 31 in compliance with a PNG Supreme Court ruling last year that the detention of asylum seekers on the island was in breach of the PNG constitution.n    From Page 1
A PNG Government spokesman told The National yesterday that the process involving the settlement of refugees in the US had been underway for some time.

“In broader terms, we (Government) look forward to seeing other individual asylum-seeker cases advanced, particularly ahead of the closure of the Manus regional processing centre,” he said.

“Ultimately, the intent of the Manus centre was to do our part to put an end to people smuggling in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani currently held at the Manus centre welcomed the US government decision.
Boochani called on the US and Australia to specify a time frame for sending people to America.

“Their (Australia’s) plan is to close Manus detention centre by the end of October and until now, they could not because the refugees have resisted and refused to leave the detention centre and go to East Lorengau,” Boochani said.

There are 730 refugees on Manus and 1053 on Nauru at the end of August, according to the Australian government.

Many of the refugees have been on Manus since 2012 after PNG and the Kevin Rudd-led Labor government signed an agreement to process their cases at the Manus centre.

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.

Museum Planned For APEC Haus

August 18th, 2017 | Post Courier

BY ROSALYN ALBANIEL

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday announced plans to have the APEC Haus, converted into a museum after the country hosts the 2018 APEC summit.

Mr O’Neill, who was the guest speaker at the 2017 Prime Minister’s Breakfast organised by the Business Council of PNG (BCPNG). The event which was packed to capacity.

Prior to announcing these plans, Mr O’Neill clarified that, contrary to the assertions of critics that the government was spending billions of kina to host this event was not true.

“We don’t have billions to spend to host APEC summit. The government is trying to deliver this in a most cost effective manner possible.

“As I said some of the infrastructure which is APEC related is what we will use in the future, like the APEC Haus.

“Once the event is finished, we will convert it into a museum to display our culture, artifacts that our kids can go and visit rather than it be hidden out there at Waigani

“It will be on main treet so our kids can see what our country has to offer.

“We are working towards developing a world class museum. I am sure many business leaders travelled to places like Berlin and visited the museums and seen the PNG artifacts sitting there and the collection they have, they are world class.

“Rather than others having access, our people need to have access to a world-class collection so we are working to developing one. It will be something that will be here in 100 years time,” he said.

PNG National General Election NOT Rigged 

********** Press Statement by Simon Bole, General Secretary of PAP ************
There are people in PNG and abroad who say things to undermind capabilities of PNG people and how we can manage our affairs. 

Many of such people in Australia say PNG will be a fallen state. PNG has never failed and we will never fall.
Many of such critics say PNG will fail election 2017. They further say Hela will fail election because it’s a hot spot. Hela election steering committee and Hela people has proved critics wrong by delivering a successful election 2017.
In Hela I don’t see any indication of election rigging by any single Political Party as others claim.
In Hela I also don’t see signs of PNC control or rigging election in Hela.
The results of current counting tallies will prove my statement.
In Komo Magarima open electorate, PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip is taking a lead with 13,638 plus votes while second runner up is Independent candidate Manessah Makipa with 7,991 votes. The PNC candidate is trailing in 5th place with 4,655 votes. 

PNC candidate is short of about 9,000 votes to beat the PAP leader therefore I don’t see any indication of election rigging by PNC here.
The PNC candidate for Koroba Lake Kopiago is also trailing in 11th place with only 2,270 votes in the ladder as first count winded down and awaiting eliminations.
See results below:
A. Koroba Lake Kopiago Open Seats Updates after count 81/81.

1. Bobby Yupi 6,525 Ind

2. Petrus Thomas 6,333 PPP

3. Waa Akope 5,246 ind

4. Mathias M Putaya 5,061 ind

5. Gabriel Tika 4,376 ind

6. Andrew Andapi 3,719 ind

7. John Kekeno 3,639 PNGP

8. Howard Lole 2,895

9. Allan Tolo 2,729

10. Pais Paro 3,190 ind

11. Isaack Matiabe 2,470…PNC

See also results for Regional and Komo Magarima below.
Updates from Hela for Hela Regional and Komo Magarima open.
B. Progressive Tally for Hela Regional seat after count no.146:

1. Philip Undialu – 29,548 

2. Dr HEWALI – 20,157 

3. Francis Potabe -16,946 

4. Andy Kenamu -14,802 

5. Lari Andagali – 13,556

80 boxesremaining for counting. 

Koroba Kopiago and Komo Margarima open completed quality check and ready for elimination process tomorrow.

Of the 258 boxes, 28 boxes destroyed, 123 counted and left with 107 boxes to go…
C. Komo Magarima open after final count 78

1. PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip 13,638 votes

2. Manesa Makipa 7,991 votes independent candidate

3. Paul Pale 5,697 ind

4. Tumbi Yari 4,765 ind

5. Edward Alina 4,655 PNC candidate

6.Tony Tanda 3,785

7. Kuruku Ipara 3,656

8. Kevin Tos 3,130

9. Allan Kaiape 3,102..

Quality checks completed for Komo Magarima and Koroba Kopiago yesterday. Today elimination will commence.

Updates for some other electorates in PNG.
D. Update for count in Maprik ESP.

Counting of Box 1 for Maprik Open seat for Albiges Mambep LLG progressive results;

1. Gabriel Kapris 1,403 PNGNP

2. David Anis 266

3. Albert Selbhia 134

4. John Simon 128

5. Pita Lus 44

E. NDC Moresby North West Count 52 Progressive result. PNC candidate and Health Minister is trailing somewhere really bellow the ladder.
1. Lohia Boe Samuel (IND) – 4452

2. Mekere Morauta (IND) – 4052

3. Joseph Tonde (PONP) – 2216

4. Miria Ikupu (IND) – 1858

5. Russel Wavik (PPP) – 1561
Count 53 in progress.

F. In Port Moresby:

NCD Regional seat – Powes Parkop SDP leads on 9,000 votes after count 91.

G. Moresby South seat – PNC candidate Justin Techenko leads on 19,000 votes after count 96
SHP Counting Update quote from PNG Garamut News
In SHP PROGRESSIVE RESULTS

H. IALIBU PANGIA.. AFTER COUNT 31
1: Peter O’Neill- 13,510 votes PNC leader and PM

2: Stanley Liria- 2,444 votes

3: Sam Kari – 368 votes

4: Leonard Pagepea – 363 votes

5: Justin Rapula- 125 votes

6: Nepolin Rema- 53 votes…

In Chimbu as per Kundu 1 news this morning.
I. THE party candidate now opposition party candidate is taking a lead in Karimui Nomane open.

J. In Sinasina Yogogmul open opposition party member and leader for PNGNP Kerenga Kua is leading with 5000 plus votes.

With such results with various political parties and independents candidates taking leads in many electorate where PNC candidates are trailing lower in ladder there is no indication of a single party rigging election.

As citizens of this country let’s allow completion of election process and if we are not satisfied with results we go to the Courts for election petition.
With this good luck in election 2017.

K8 Billion in Trust Accounts Missing – O’Neill

By: Freddy Mou – PNG Loop
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called for a full audit into the K8 billion in surpluses that was parked in trust accounts under the Somare Government.

He said the people of Papua New Guinea need to know what happened to the fund.

“Eight billion Kina that belongs to the people of Papua New Guinea went missing,” claimed the PM.

“When we took over, there was almost zero balance in Government accounts. That is why we had to go into deficit budget to build new infrastructure around the country, to pay for our school fees, and to pay for our hospitals that our people deserve.”

However, National Alliance Party campaign director and former IPBC Minister, Arthur Somare, said O’Neill is ignorant of facts in claiming that “massive theft” of K8 billion had occurred from Trust Accounts built up from surplus budgets between 2005 and 2010.

Somare said it was impossible that O’Neill was ignorant of the facts because the status of the Trust Accounts was disclosed by him in his capacity as Treasurer in November 2010 when he presented the 2011 National Budget in Parliament.

“In the budget, O’Neill had quantified the total amounts that had flowed into the Trust Accounts in that six-year period as totaling K4.57 billion, with approved expenditures amounting to K3.6 billion.

“The totality of surplus funds never exceeded K5 billion so how would it be possible to steal K8 billion.”

Meanwhile, O’Neill said the nation is moving beyond the damage of the lost decade of the Morauta and Somare Governments, and one day the theft of the past will be revealed.

“In the next Parliament we will continue to investigate the missing billions of the Somare and Morauta Governments,” he stated.

BSP opens branch in Cambodia

By: Cedric Patjole – 26 May 2017
Bank South Pacific will be creating history when it enters the Asian market following the announcement of its new new branch in Cambodia.
This was revealed today during the announcing of the final dividend to shareholders for 2016 today.
The decision to enter Cambodia was settled on May 2nd this year.

BSP owns 50 per cent of an asset finance company called RMA Finance, which is now in the process of being rebranded to BSP Finance Cambodia Proprietary Limited.
“It’s already operating. We now own 50 per cent and the formal rebranding, hopefully by the end of July we’ll have the BSP colours proudly in Cambodia,” said BSP CEO Robin Fleming.

The new branch in Cambodia is part of BSP strategy to enter the Asian market following its successful penetration in the Pacific which it has successfully covered following its acquisition of Westpac’s assets in the region.
BSP Board Chairman Sir Kostas said other countries in BSP’s sights include Lao’s, Myanmar, and Vietnam which they hope to enter between 18 months to two years.
“We’re starting to do feasibility on these Laos, Myanmar, I mean these things don’t happen overnight. There’s a timeframe, we make sure we have all the ticks in the boxes first. Make sure all the regulatory requirements are satisfied and we proceed. 
But there is opportunity in these countries. That’s the main thing,” said Sir Kostas.

BSP is the largest business in PNG outside of companies in the resources sector.
The banking chain has seen remarkable growth, particularly over the last three years despite a tough economic environment.
The growth and performance is attributed to the management team and staff of the company.

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