Author: Josu KIM

St John Ambulance was assisted with a brand new vehicle and K70, 000 worth of emergency and rescue equipment recently by PNG Ports. St John Chief Executive Officer Matt Cannon said the assistance was ideal and timely and thanked PNG Ports. “The brand new Ford Ranger will be used in major emergencies in NCD, Central and as far as Gulf Provinces,” Mr Cannon said. “It is equipped with paramedic and rescue equipment that can be used to stabilize severely injured people and provide support if there is a major emergency affecting a lot of people.” “The 70, 000 worth of…

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The Connect PNG (Implementation and Funding Arrangements) Bill 2021 that was passed in Parliament yesterday will commit governments for the next 20 years and undermine the budget process by pre-empting it. Alotau MP Charles Abel said the main issue in relation to the new law is that this Parliament is trying to make budget decisions for the next four governments. He said such important legislation committing K20 billion over 20 years to be deposited into a trust account needs to be properly scrutinised and debated upon. “We have had so many bad experiences with the placement of funds into trust…

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The Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project in Madang was given a K100 million allocation in the 2022 national budget that was tabled today in parliament. Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Rainbo Paita said PMIZ is one of the long awaited projects that has been stalled over the years due to funding constraints and therefore was captured in the budget. “The project looks at generating over 40, 000 jobs for ordinary Papua New Guineans as well as several billions of kina for the national coffers,” Mr Paita said. Fisheries Minister Dr Lino Tom said in parliament last week that…

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All shops and business houses within the Boroko vicinity have closed up for the day following an altercation between the Police and the members of the PNG Defence Force this morning.  The Situation has subsided, however Police are patrolling the Boroko area to make sure opportunists do not take advantage of the situation. A meeting was held between the Military Police and ACP NCD/Central Anthony Wagambie Junior at the Boroko Police station to address the incident. ACP Wagambie refused to speak to the media outside the police station however has said a statement will be released by the Police Commissioner…

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A fisheries project that will create over 40,000 jobs for Papua New Guineans and several billion kina for the country is yet to kick start because of funding constraints. The Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project in Madang was launched in November 2015 and also captured in the recent Fisheries Strategic Plan 2021-2030 where the special economic zone for fisheries will provide necessary infrastructure for downstream processing of fish products. Yangoru-Saussia MP Richard Maru raised the question in Parliament this week regarding the project following the delay in its work. “This industry is worth over K1.5 billion if we are…

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Papua New Guinea needs external support to beef up the security capacity for the upcoming 2022 National General Elections. Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas said it is evident that the national security force lacked the capacity in dealing with the election exercises and this has led to many compromised elections over the years. Sir Peter proposed to Prime Minister James Marape to seek assistance from Australia and New Zealand police forces to provide support in capacity building in the lead up and during the national general elections. “Why are we shying away from asking outside help for this matter?” Sir…

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The opportunity to vote freely and fairly in the upcoming National General Elections must be given to the people unlike what was experienced in past instances. Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas said for this to happen, this government needs to seriously address the security issue surrounding the national elections. “In this parliament, we said to give the opportunity to women to vote freely, how do we ensure that happens when we cannot control the law-and-order issues faced during elections?” Sir Peter asked. “Over many years now, we have observed that many elections are not properly held and successive governments have…

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The National Identification Program (NID) will be reviewed by the government in December this year to ensure the issues experienced in the processing and its’ requirement to access services faced by the public is resolved. Prime Minister James Marape gave this undertaking on the issue in Parliament today after being asked by Nawae MP Kennedy Wenge on the government’s approach to the issue. Mr Wenge said people in his electorate including students have had issues accessing banking, travel and other services because of the hiccups with the NID system. “Some had to ask me to assist them with money to…

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Quality data and assessment on the impacts of climate change is needed for the government to be able to draw money from the Global Climate Fund and address these impacts. Environment and Conservation Minister Wera Mori said this in response to Sumkar MP Chris Nangoi’s question on what the government has achieved through its’ participation at the recent global Climate Change meetings. Mr Nangoi said the impacts of climate change is very much experienced in his electorate affecting the island and coastal communities on Karkar Island as well as other communities around the country. “Since we have been attending global…

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Kandep MP Don Polye commended Prime Minister James Marape for taking time to listen to the issues raised by the protesters in Port Moresby this week. Polye said Mr Marape has shown the quality of good leadership in doing what he did, adding that in his 15 years of being a member, another good leader who displayed such quality was late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. He added that what turned out during the protest could’ve been nasty as seen in past protests that led to clashes with police. He said in the midst of the ongoing debate on COVID…

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