Author: Emmanuel MAIPE

Coca- Cola worldwide has made a new brand change to the iconic brand name, and that new look especially on the can, has now reached the shores of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Coca- Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) PNG General Manager, Mr. Philippe Mondada, said the new look tells consumers that the brand continues to produce the top product everyone around the globe loves for over 125 years. “From time to time every icon brand needs a bit of refreshing,” said Mr. Mondada. “We have a new design, and the purpose of the new design is basically to celebrate the authenticity…

Read More

There have been growing concerns regarding the mistakes and sometime fraudulent practices taking place during the application for a new driver’s license or to renew an existing license. The matter of duplication of driver license numbers has popped up recently where people renewing licenses were told their license number is being used by someone else; therefore, delaying the process for them to have that sorted out. The Road Traffic Authority (RTA) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nelson Terema, said this has been happening, but the RTA is now doing something to address it. “We do not have an IT system or…

Read More

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) Military Band will stand out the next time it performs for the defence force, to the public or even performing at the international stage. The military band today received new ceremonial uniforms presented by Japan-PNG Association with the support of JICA, the Japan Ground Self Defence Force Military Band and the Japan Ministry of Defence. Director of the Japan-PNG Association, Mr. Akinori Ito, said the presentation of the new uniforms is the third official assistance to the military band. The first was the assistance given to establish the band in 2016 and the…

Read More

The PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) will soon have a new aircraft operating to boost its air capability and also to provide further training for new young pilots who have recently completed training in both New Zealand and Australia. The new aircraft, the PAC 750, was acquired by the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government in 2018 and has been sitting at the Air Transport Wing (ATW) since its’ arrival. Major Darius Kaule, the Acting Commanding Officer of the Training Squadron, said since 2018 up till now the aircraft has not been airborne because the defence force had to comply with civil…

Read More

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) is sending a message out to those who would engage in corrupt practices to be recruited that it will not hesitate to remove them from recruitment training if they are found to be involved. That message was shown today when the Defence Force hierarchy removed over 160 male and female trainee recruits from the Goldie River Training Depot outside Port Moresby, who were found to have entered without going through the proper checks and processes. The PNGDF Chief of Training, Colonel Dickers Esso, said they are implementing the Commander of Defence Force (CDF)…

Read More

In light of the recent workers protest on allegations that some companies are imposing the so called “no jab, no job” policy, the Business Council of Papua New Guinea (BCPNG) has come out to say that no company or business have Covid-19 workplace policies that forcefully remove employees who do not wish to be vaccinated. According to the BCPNG Executive Director Mr. Douveri Henao, workplace COVID-19 policies are there to protect the employees and to ensure the continuity of a business or a company’s operation. He went on to explain that Papua New Guinea’s work environment, unlike industrialized nations where…

Read More

Digicel PNG in partnership with MiBank have put out a new joint service that will greatly benefit MiBank customers, through Digicel’s Cell Moni service. Digicel’s Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer, Lorna McPherson, said this will save time and make it easy for customers to do banking. She said this partnership will enable ease because most of the MiBank customers are also Digicel customers, which means MiBank customers will have access to more than 12, 000 Cell Moni agents throughout the country. “MiBank customers can repay their loans and contribute to their savings anytime and anywhere twenty-four seven using…

Read More

Soon to hit the market in the country is a new product that was launched yesterday by South Pacific (SP) Brewery dubbed the Heineken 0.0 (zero, zero). SP Managing Director Mr. Ed Weggemans, said this new product is a non- alcoholic beverage, meaning it has zero alcohol percentage in it. “Today South Pacific Brewery is launching Heineken 0.0. It is a malt lager, its real beer with no alcohol,” said the Managing Director. Mr. Weggemans said the product has had huge successes in all markets where it was launched before and fulfilled a consumer need that is driven by great…

Read More

The working class will continue to be taxed highly for personal income tax for some time until the country’s economy picks up. This is because the reduction of the personal income tax rate for the working class at this time would be impossible as the country’s development and recurrent budget depends heavily on it. That’s the response from the Prime Minister (PM) James Marape to the Member for North Fly district James Donald in parliament, when the member asked about possible ways to reduce the rate of personal income tax at a time when the country is in a bad…

Read More

A new national health plan will be launched in the coming months that would address the woes in the health sector, including the issue of the shortage of medical work force in the country. Health Minister Jelta Wong said the government through this plan would double the work force through training and certifying them to work. Minister Wong made this statement when responding to questions from the member for Pomio, Mr. Elias Kapavore, on this matter in parliament today. Kapavore said Papua New Guinea (PNG) has about five hundred medical officers today servicing the public health system. “We have a…

Read More