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Saturday, 13 October


Multi-million kina Maserati fleet for APEC raises questions Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

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The Maseratis with their V6 Ferrari engines will struggle to reach their top speed of 275 kph on Port Moresbys roads. They can hit 100 kph in five seconds


LONDON - Papua New Guinea's government is under scrutiny for importing 40 luxury Maserati cars from Italy for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The Quattroporte sedans, which cost more than $100,000 each (K325,000), will be used by foreign leaders.

Media and activists have questioned if the poor Pacific country has wasted millions.

But the government says the private sector has "committed" to paying.

APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko said the cars would "provide the level of carriage for leaders that is the standard for vehicles used at APEC summits".

Pictures of the cars arriving at Port Moresby airport on chartered cargo planes were shared on social media and sparked concern that taxpayer money was being wasted on the lavish purchase.

Mr Tkatchenko told The Australian newspaper that some money had been paid by the government as "a deposit to get everything here" but that the cars were "selling like hotcakes" and would not end up as a government burden.

He has not revealed how much the government has already spent on the cars nor who might be buying them and at what cost.

Prime minister Peter O'Neill has also insisted that the government "will not be out of any funds".

Chinese president Xi Jinping and US vice-president Mike Pence are both expected to attend the high-profile regional gathering, which takes place next month.

Keith Jackson, a blogger on PNG issues, told the BBC that the cars were part of an effort by leaders to project an image of "sophistication" ahead of the summit, including prettying up the capital, Port Moresby, with new roads and buildings.

"And this all at a time when infectious diseases like polio, TB and malaria have re-emerged in the country, school teachers are not being paid and the bulk of its eight million peo...


Australia gives another A$6 million for polio in PNG Malum Nalu

By Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Foreign Affairs

 The Australian Government will provide a further $6 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to support the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to respond to the current polio outbreak.

In June 2018, the PNG Government declared a national public health emergency in response to confirmed cases of polio virus.

The PNG Government, along with key partners including GPEI, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) have developed an outbreak response plan that includes mass vaccination rounds.

Australias contribution to GPEI will support the delivery of PNGs polio response plan.

PNG is our closest neighbor, and a strong response is needed to protect both PNGs and Australias health security.

Routine immunisation remains the most effective prevention for highly infectious diseases including polio.

The Australian Government is committed to the vital work of global polio eradication and has contributed $104 million to support the work of GPEI since 2011.

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Friday, 12 October



Halia Elections Civil
New Dawn FM News

A candidate in the Halia Constituency By-elections has praised the civil manner in which the campaign is being carried out.

Bordger Semoso is campaigning for the Halia Seat and he is calling for his people to prepare for referendum comes June 15 2019.

He says the challenge is that the people of the constituency lack knowledge about the Bougainville referendum.

He says the referendum will take place next year and the people do not know much about it.

He reveals that as the referendum target date approaches people still do not know what the referendum is

Mr Semoso is a candidate for the Halia Constituency seat box number 10.

He is optimistic about wining the seat and believes he is the right man to prepare his people for next year.




Momis Happy with JSB
New Dawn FM News

Self-determination has been a perennial problem in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville ever since first Bougainvilleans decided to secede from Papua New Guinea.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis says that Bougainvileans have struggle for a long time to exercise their right to self-determination.
President Moms says the progress achieved in this JSB augurs well for both Bougainville and PNG.
He says Bougainvilleans for the first time would be given the right and freedom to actively participate in development through the referendum.
President Momis says Bougainville stands on threshold of a new socio-economic and political order that will define its future.
He adds that with a joint effort a good and democratic outcome can be achieved if the process has integrity by fully implementing the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
The President also extended gratitude to officials on both government for their tireless efforts in resolving issues pertinent to next years referendum.
President Momis said this was the beginning of good things to come in the future.




JSB Hailed a Success
New Dawn FM News

The special Joint Supervisory Body has been hailed a success to find a way forward for Bougainville to lasting peace.
Prime Minister Peter ONeil says this is a great moment for Papua New Guinea in resolving all outstanding issues especially the referendum.
The Prime Minister also thanked ABG President Chief Dr John Momis and his delegation for their commitment and willingness to collaborate with the National Government.
He has also lauded the finalised question to be asked during the referendum vote
The Prime Minister has also assured President Momis and the people of Bougainville of the commitment by the National Government to go through the steps to ensure that there is a free and fair referendum.
He says he the National Government want Bougainvilleans to have their say in determining their future.
The JSB will reconvene on the third week of January 2019.




Referendum Question Approved
New Dawn FM News

The implementation of the Referendum to decide Bougainvilles ultimate political fate has reached another momentous milestone with the approval of the Question to be asked during the referendum.
The Questions to be asked will be placed on ballot papers during the referendum vote for Bougainvilleans to decide whether to secede or continue to remain as a part of PNG.
The question has been simplified to Do you agree for Bougainville to have, option one Greater Autonomy or option two Independence.
During the referendum vote the ballot papers will be printed both in English and Tok Pisin.
The Joint Supervisory Body has agreed that this question is simple and easy to understand by the average Bougainvillean during the referendum vote.
The JSB was adjourned from yesterday to today because both the ABG and National Government were not satisfied with the structure of the question.
Both governments have since agreed to this question and have endorsed its use in the referendum vote ballot papers.



BSPS Mead presents beautification project winners Papua New Guinea Today

Gerehu Secondary School was awarded top prize for their BSP School Beautification Project.

The School Beautification Project initiated by Bank South Pacific, saw the participation of nine (9) schools in the National Capital District (NCD). It was aimed at engaging students to be responsible for the environment by demonstrating the Go Green theme, Rethink, Recycle, Reuse.

Gerehu Secondary School was awarded the top prize, with their stunning creativity in designing old tyres around their classroom as flower beds and decorations whilst Marianville came close enough with their recycled craft of broken glasses and plastic bottles.

Both schools were treated to a surprise visit on Tuesday 9th October,when BSP Brand Ambassador David Mead paid a visit to present the awards.
Mead who captained the PNG Kumuls last weekend, was pleased with the response from students who participated in the Go Green Beautification project.

Taking care of the environment is everyones responsibility. Teaching the right values of respect and care the environment, builds better citizens,

 The school beautification project, not only gets students to recycle and reuse, it gets students to be considerate about how they dispose of used items and rubbish, said Mead.

This is the first year for the Bank to run the School Beautification Project.Participating Schools were challenged take part in one of two categories,Beautifying & Landscaping in School or Arts & Craft using recycling materials to promote sustainability and beautification of the environment.

In the Primary Category, KilaKila Primary School snatched the first place whilst runner-up went to New Erima Primary. 

The wining schools for both Secondary and Primary were presented with K3, 000 cheques respectively whilst the runner-up claimed K2, 000 each.

The Go Green program is something I am very much interested in outside of Rugby League so it was nice to be a partof it in delivering some messages to the winning schools.

Mead also took time out to answer questions from students and shared his experienced of playing footy in the professional level before taking photos with teachers and students.


Dafa to captain PNG U23 Residents against NSW U23 Papua New Guinea Today

Enga Mioks back rower Eddie Dafa will captain the PNG U23 Residents side this weekend in the inaugural clash against New South Wales Under 23 Country in Port Moresby. Dafa who hails from Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands Province will be assisted by Lae Snax Tigers five eighth Edwin Ipape, originally from Tari in the Southern Highlands Province. Goroka Lahanis premiership winning coach Glen Nami who is assistant to Head Coach Stanley Tepend made the announcement at training today when naming the starting line- up.

The team is:

1. Jah HOGAN

2. Eliakim LUKARA

3. Brandon NIMA

4. Stanford TALITA

5. Norman BROWN

6. Edwin IPAPE - Vice Captain

7. Mark TONY

8. Kingston PAUL

9. Woods KAWAGE

10. Joejoe WALLAMES

11. Emmanual WAINE

12. Eddie DAFA - Captain

13. Missach WELEN


14. Nicky HASU


16. Casey DICKSON

17. Levai ANDREW

18. Kenedy BEN

Coach: Stanley TEPEND

Gates at the Oil Search National Football open at 11am on Sunday October 14, 2018. The 1st curtain Raiser at 12 noon will see National Womens champions Southern Confederate take on an Australian Defence Force womens side.

At 1.00pm the Australian Defence Force Mens team will play the Southern Confederate side.

The main game between PNG U23 Residents and NSW Country 23 kicks off at 3.00pm.



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New Dawn FM News

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, the Hon. Peter ONeill and President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the Hon. Dr John Momis today reaffirmed their joint commitment to ensuring the full implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

Meeting in Port Moresby as part of a special meeting of the Joint Supervisory Body (JSB), the two leaders discussed broad ranging issues associated with the upcoming referendum.

The two leaders noted the importance of ensuring that the referendum is free and fair, and conducted in full accordance with the Constitution and Peace Agreement. Both the Prime Minister and the President agreed that it was essential that people understand the choice to be put, and the process to be followed once the referendum has taken place.

The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, former Prime Minister of Ireland, the Hon. Bertie Ahern. Mr Ahern indicated his honour at being appointed as Chairman and committed to working with both governments to ensure that the referendum is conducted freely and fairly.

Leaders noted the work undertaken to date by officials to prepare for the referendum and endorsed a proposed budget of K34 million for the coming year. Prime Minister ONeill undertook to ensure that the budget was incorporated into the 2019 national budget when it is handed down later this year.

It was agreed that the question to be put at the referendum would clearly outline the process to be followed after the referendum takes place and would be accompanied by a comprehensive awareness campaign (refer attachment).

Leaders agreed to meet again in the third week of January 2019 in Port Moresby at a full meeting of the JSB where further updates would be provided on referendum preparations and associated work to advance peace in Bougainville.


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Citizens react in anger as govt tries to explain Maserati purchase Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

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HELEN DAVIDSON | The Guardian | Extracts

SYDNEY - Papua New Guineans have reacted with anger at its government importing a fleet of Maseratis to drive international delegates around the APEC conference next month, amid a health and poverty crisis, struggling economy, and ongoing efforts after a devastating earthquake.

The PNG government has defended its decision, expressing confidence that all 40 luxury cars will be bought by the private sector after the two-day event, leaving the government with no financial burden.

The cars, which cost between $200,000 and $350,000 each in Australia, were flown in from Milan on two Boeing 747-8F charter planes this week, with the costs covered by the private sector, according to the minister for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko.

Maserati Quattroporte sedans have been secured and delivered, and are being committed to be paid for by the private sector, he said.

Having vehicles paid for by the private sector is the smartest way to have use of the vehicles for APEC at no overall cost to the state.

Tkatchenko dismissed the backlash, saying the government had only paid a deposit believed to be around K40m for the cars, which would be reimbursed by private citizens who had expressed interest in buying them after APEC.

Of course we have paid a deposit to get everything here but all costs will be totally reimbursed and there will be no burden at all to the government at the end of the day, he told News Corp. They are selling like hotcakes.

Powes Parkop, governor of the national capital district, said the expensive cars were a way of showing PNGs deepest appreciation for visiting leaders.

The 40 cars are the only Maseratis to ever be brought to PNG. The cars were delivered in the same week that landowners protested outside a government department, calling for outstanding compensation claims to be paid before the conference begins.

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Pacific agricultural visa controversy reignites as Australia dithers Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Australia's seasonal worker program, highly valued in PNG & the Pacific, under threat as politicians dither


Read here the complete story of the background to this imbroglio

CANBERRA - After a period of relative quiet, reporting on the agricultural visa proposal has picked up again.

Nationals leader and deputy prime minister Michael McCormack was asked about it on Sky last weekend. On 8 October, Matt Coughlan of AAP reported McCormack as saying, Well be addressing that as a government. Well be coming up with a plan to solve the problem and well be doing that very soon.

That sounded positive for the ag visa, as was the title of Coughlans article Foreign farm worker scheme edging closer but in fact the article continued in a more negative vein:

Hopes of an agricultural visa are fading after tensions within the Coalition over the issue. Immigration minister David Coleman is in charge of looking for a solution, with one potential option being extending existing seasonal worker programs.

The ABCs Stephen Dziedzic was also negative. He suggested on Twitter that McCormack seemed to hedge slightly when asked if the Coalition will unveil an agriculture visa before summer- Well, lets hope so. Absolutely. Because we need to work on it. Scott Morrison is fully cognisant of the fact we have a shortfall of workers [on Sky].

The ABC has had another go on the issue with detailed reports on 9 October on PM and ABC Rural. Some farmers (including Ian Quinn, the mango farmer and ag visa protagonist) and farmer groups (AusVeg) called for a new visa.

Farmer Andrew Bulmer called for workers for three years: something that is actually now possible under the Pacific Labour Scheme.

A lot of the farmers complaints are about the paperwork asso...


Villagers fight with high powered guns over promised Frieda river mine benefits Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The Frieda River project is 70kms south of the Sepik River on the border of the Sanduan and East Sepik Provinces of Papua New Guinea some 500kms upriver from the coast.

Clifford Fairparik | The National aka The Loggers Times | October 11, 2018

Fighting has broken out between villagers in East Sepik over customary boundaries to claim benefits from Frieda River mine, says provincial police commander Robert Gesa.

He said villagers from Timbunke and Korogu along the Sepik River fought with high-powered guns after arguing over customary land boundaries when learning that a team from Mineral Resources Authority was conducting awareness about the mine.

Gesa said a police taskforce has been deployed from Wewak was deployed to monitor the fight.

The fight broke out after MRA officers had conducted awareness along the river communities from Ambunti district down the river to Murik Lakes at the rivers delta, he said.

From reports that I had received, fighting between Korogu and Timbunke villages was over t...


Fiji govt needs to ensure people understand environmental impacts of mining Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Peter Loy Chong. Photo: Pacific Theological College

The majority of the people are not aware of the full consequences of mining, logging, stone extraction, black sand mining and how these will impoverish their food bank, he said.

Fiji govt needs to walk the talk archbishop

Radio New Zealand |10 October 2018 

The Fiji government should ensure environmental policies at home reflect the climate messages it promotes abroad, Fijis Catholic archbishop says.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has been championing the fight against global warming as president of the current UN climate round, the COP23.

But the archbishop, Peter Loy Chong, said the governments policies needed to be consistent with the proposals it touted during COP23.

Current government policy did too little to protect landowners, the archbishop said.



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Scepticism surrounds ministers cancellation of land leases Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Eddie Tanago
Eddie Tanago - government must detail its actions on cancelling illegal land leases

EDDIE TANAGO | Campaign Coordinator | Act Now!

PORT MORESBY - Community advocacy group ACT NOW! has called on Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko to name the Special Agriculture Business Leases he claims have been cancelled.

For the last five years we have heard numerous false claims and unfulfilled promises from the government about the cancellation of the leases.

While we welcome the information released by the minister, the pubic simply cannot trust his numbers and he must reveal the names of the leases and other details.

The minister stated on social media that, of 53 Special Agriculture Business Leases reviewed, 34% have been cancelled through voluntary surrender, 2% cancelled through consent or court order and 12% referred for further verification.

However, the numbers reported in various other media are different and contradictory. TV-WAN for example has published a table showing 68 leases have been reviewed.

The minister needs to publish a full list of the SABL leases with their names, portion numbers, locations and size, and identify those that have already been cancelled, those recommended to be cancelled, those that have been surrendered and those whose files are missing.

The minister says 53 leases have been reviewed but there were 77 that were investigated by the Commission of Inquiry, so what about the additional 24 leases?

These are leases that affect customary land and the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people.

We all have a right to know the details of which leases the minister is talking about and he should not be trying to hide the facts or confuse the public.



Waghi Mek Plantations Limited was by far the single biggest Coffee Exporter between 1976-1989 when it ceased operations due to landowner disputes. It spans 11 plantations form North Waghi into South Waghi in the Jiwaka Province. The company is owned by North Waghi LLG (37.5%), South Waghi LLG (37.5%) and Hunter Richard Hagon (25%). There have been many attempts to revive the plantations to no avail.

During the National Alliance led government, Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare allocated K2 Million to Waghi Mek Plantations for rehabilitation exercise but disappeared in the swamps of Waghi Valley. A clever move led a Wilfred Gurika and Waldam Association received the K2 million, registered a Company called Waghi Mek Plantations Holdings and laughed all the way to the bank.

This year, Hon. Richard Maru has committed K20 for the rehabilitation of Waghi Mek Plantations Limited. Jiwaka Provincial Government (JPG) does not own any shares in the company nor is a party to any willing and dealings of the company, quickly seizes the opportunity and convenes a meeting without the consent or participation of the rightful shareholders and directors of the company and appoints a Paul Tumun to the Managing Director. Mr....


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Bougainville has right to self Determination
New Dawn FM News

Bougainvilles right to self-determination through the referendum is guaranteed within the parameters of the Papua New Guinea Constitution.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis made this statement during the opening of the special JSB Meeting in Port Moresby today.
President Momis says that despite arguements that self-determination will cause the defragmentation of the nation, Bougainville is a special case.
He says Bougainville has earned this right after the National Government declared war on its own citizens in a civil war that saw the loss of more than twenty thousand lives and hundreds of millions of kinas worth of property destroyed.
President Momis says that Bougainvilleans were deprived of their rights despite Bougainville bankrolling PNGs independence and post-independence development.
The man highly regarded as one of PNGs most respected Founding Fathers and technically the Father of the PNG Constitution was not going to mince his words as he put into perspective Bougainvilles frustrations over the National Government reneging on its commitment to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Despite this President Momis says that the people of Bougainville are committed to collaborating with the National Government in implementing the referendum in a democratized manner.
President Momis reiterates that the process of self-determination is within the parameters of the PNG Constitution and is not in contravention of any laws of the country.


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PNG Committed to Referendum
New Dawn FM News

The Papua New Guinea Government is committed to finding a lasting solution on Bougainville that will be mutually beneficial for Bougainville and Papua New Guinea.
Prime Minister Peter ONeil made this statement in his opening remarks at the special Joint Supervisory Body Meeting today in Port Moresby today.
The Prime Minister thanked the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government Chief Dr John Momis for his continued support and wisdom in finding an amicable solution for Bougainville.
Mr ONeil also welcomed the former Prime Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern who will be Chairing the Bougainville Referendum Commission.
He says Mr Ahern brings a lot of experience to BRC and hopes that his inclusion will enable both Bougainville and PNG to progress the referendum successfully.
He revealed that there are issues still to be resolved before the BRC can fully function but he has been reassured by bureaucrats from PNG and Bougainville that preparations are in place with funding already made available.
He says that he looks forward to working with the BRC for the referendum to be successfully implemented on Bougainville.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister has appointed former Chief Secretary to the National Government Robert Igara and Dr Thomas Webster to the BRC.


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Thursday, 11 October



JSB Convenes
New Dawn FM News

The special Joint Supervisory Body Meeting between the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the National Government was convened this afternoon in Port Moresby.
This special JSB was to iron out details of the upcoming Bougainville Referendum to be held in 2019.
The agendas that were discussed were an Update of the Referendum, Questions to be put during the Referendum, Funding for the Referendum and the Joint Autonomy Review.
The meeting has been postponed to 10am tomorrow to give ample time for more discussions on the Questions to be put during the Referendum.
The Questions to be put are the very questions that will ask Bougainvilleans to choose to remain with Papua New Guinea or secede and form a new independent state.
As per the Bougainville Peace Agreement all matters relating to Bougainvilles Referendum have to be mutually agreed upon by both governments.
Also present at the JSB meeting was the newly appointed Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission and former Prime Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern.
Both Prime Minister ONeil and President Momis welcomed Mr Ahern to the country as he prepares to lead the BRC.

Caption of President Momis (left) and Prime Minister O'neil (Right) Picture by Aloysius Laukai

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Tsunami Threat
New Dawn FM News

A tsunami threat was issued for coastal areas of the New Britain Island following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake early this morning at around 7:48 Bougainville Standard Time.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 24.5 miles with the epicentre being 77 miles east of the West New Britain Province capital, Kimbe.
Tremors from the earthquake could be felt as far as Bougainville with residents from Sohano Island feeling the aftershock.
The tsunami threat has since been lifted but people along the New Guinea Islands have been cautioned by the authorities.
The Bougainville Disaster Office has since issued warnings to people along coastal areas to avoid low lying areas near the shore.
Furthermore aftershocks are possible and could pose a threat to life and property as well as cause further damage to already weakened structures.
People have been asked to monitor alerts through the media for updates regarding the earthquake.
They have advised people to exercise caution and follow all directives issued by the authorities.



$5 million Submarine cable depot opens in Samoa Papua New Guinea Today

The grand opening of the Samoa Cable depot at the Matatutu Wharf was the realisation of a critical component in Samoas goal to becoming the submarine cable hub for the Pacific.

The $5 million (US$1.8 million) state of the art building project, undertaken in partnership by the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) and TE SubCom, will service the South Pacific Marine Maintenance Agreement (SPMMA).

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi congratulated the conglomerate for their strong working relationship, saying such a breakthrough is a tangible example of regional cooperation to realise the One Polynesia strategy.

In February I spoke about Samoas aspiration to become the submarine cable hub linking Polynesia to Samoa and the rest of the world as a real and tangible example of regional cooperation the One Polynesia strategy was well received by the leaders of the Polynesian leaders group during its annual meeting held in Tuvalu in June 2018, he said.

Another important project which encompasses the One Polynesian vision is the Manatua cable linking Tahiti, Cook Islands, Niue to Samoa in order to provide world class communications services for French Polynesia, Cook Islands and Niue and Samoa as early as Q1 2020. 

The Prime Minister also emphasized the significance of having the multi-billion dollar company, T.E SubCom invest in Samoa given their reputation as being pioneers in submarine cable communications technology.

Seven months ago TE SubCom placed their faith in Samoa, and today Samoa has delivered upon its promise to deliver the Samoa cable depot, he said. 

Whilst the Samoa cable depot is based in Samoa, the implications for Samoa are profound, as this depot will maintain more than 28 telecommunications and power cable systems with a combined length of over 65,000 km in the Pacific and Oceania region. 

The partnership also signifies the success of Government policy to encourage to Samoa foreign investors like TE SubCom who are attracted by Samoas favorable economic conditions, investment incentives and strong government support.

TE SubCom are contracted for five years and the Prime Minister listed some significant advantages to having the CS Reliance and the Cable Depot in Apia starting with increased revenue for Samoa Ports Authority and local stevedoring companies through port fees and charges. 

The positive economic impacts from the presence of the C.S Reliance and its 60+ crew as well as other cable ship crews needing to purchase goods and services will boost local economy.

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Italian luxury Maserati for APEC leaders in PNG paid for by private sector Papua New Guinea Today

The delivery of Maserati Quattroporte sedans in Papua New Guinea has been welcomed by the APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

Tkatchenko said that the purchasing of the vehicles did not cost the government any money as stated by those who continue to bring the APEC meeting into disrepute.

These 40 vehicles are super executive sports cars, which retail in the European Market, at around US$70, 000 (K229,000) each are computerised and will be used to transport world leaders during the Leaders Summit.

The first 20 Maseratis were flown into the country on Sunday, and the other 20 on Wedneday (October 10) on Air Bag Cargos Boeing 747 from Italy.

For those who continue to spread lies and bring hype to the issue of the vehicles being brought into the country, the National Government did not pay for any of the vehicles; these vehicles have been bought by the private sector, he said.

And once we conclude the APEC Summit, the vehicles will be sold to individuals or businesses that wish to acquire such a car.

Lets not get all excited about the vehicles costing the government money, its not and lets get facts first before we say anything.

Maserati Quattroporte sedans have been secured and delivered, and are being committed to be paid for.

The sedans will provide the level of carriage for leaders that is the standard for vehicles used at APEC Summits.

Papua New Guinea is delivering a world-class APEC Summit and we are ensuring leaders and dignitaries are transported properly between events through APEC week, he said.

Having vehicles paid for by the private sector is the smartest way to have use of the vehicles for APEC at no overall cost to the State.

This is the same as has been done in past events providing vehicles for use by Leaders at Pacific Islands Forum meetings and the African Caribbean and Pacific Leaders Summit.

When we were using the V8, Prado and mini vans, and buses during the PIF and Eight African Caribbean and Pacific Leaders Summit it was resold once the meetings concluded, its the same, lets not jump to conclusions, he said.



China describes media reports on its aid to the Pacific as false Papua New Guinea Today

The Chinese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Xue Bing has described Western media reports on Chinese aid to the country and Pacific Islands as false.

He said: Chinese relations and cooperation in the economic and trade relations, the purpose of China in doing so is to help the local economic development and such a progress of the country.

And we dont harbour personal interest, we dont want to have a political gain or strategic presence in this area.

There have been reports on western media attacking Chinas relation with PNG and island countries a lot, but this is totally false.

Our relations are transparent cooperation and benefiting people in real time, we will continue to do so, Bing said.

The Ambassador was speaking at the handing over ceremony of vehicles donated through the Chinese Aid in assistance for APEC.

In attendance was Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Planning Richard Maru, Minister for Inter-Government Relations Kevin Isifu, APEC Authority chief executive officer Chris Hawkins, chief fire service officer Bill Roo and members of the China Ministry of Commerce and other delegates.

Ambassador Bing said the presentation of vehicles was to demonstrate the friendly feeling of the Chinese people to Papua New Guinea.

We hope that this small token will contribute to success of upcoming APEC meeting, after APEC, these vehicles will benefit the local people, thats the reason why the Chinese government is doing
such assistance.

China and PNG enjoy good relations in terms of political trusts among both leaders and their people, the Prime Minister of PNG Peter ONeill personally invited the Chinese President to visit the country with the president accepting the invitation.

Both sides are working together to prepare on such an important visit, I am confident this visit will be a success and historical.

Economic and trade relations are also benefiting our people, weve been doing a lot in trade and PNG is enjoying surplus. We will continue to keep that trend and also people to people links are increasing.

At the end of this month, there will be an inaugural flight from Port Moresby to Shanghai so that will be a first direct air link between this region and China.

I want to congratulate my colleagues from PNG government for efforts to make it happen.

I believe our PNG friends want to continue our good friendly relationships even after APEC, looking beyond APEC...


Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake, strong aftershocks hit P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS and EMSC as M7.0 hit Papua New Guinea's New Britain Region at 20:48 UTC on October 10, 2018. The USGS is reporting a depth of 40.3 km (25 miles). The quake was preceded by M6.1 at 20:45, and followed by M5.9 at...... Read more


Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed World"

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of almost 40 km, just before 7 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Wednesday). "We felt the earthquake a bit, but it was not too strong," Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station. He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicentre. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves less than 0.3 metre high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Solomon Islands. Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk. The quake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded. At least two aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 shortly followed.

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