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Thursday, 13 December



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The Bougainville Referendum Commission wants the ABG members who are currently thinking of holding their mock referendum votes similar to the one held in the Selau Constituency two months ago not to go ahead with theirs.

In a letter written to the ABG Parliamentary Speaker, SIMON PENTANU
The Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman, BERTIE AHERN said holding such mock referendum votes can confuse the people of Bougainville.

He said that the Commission has been made aware that on 29 October 2018 a mock referendum was held in Selau constituency.

And the organisers, following consultations with one of BRC Commissioners, chose to conduct this activity despite the Commissioner advising against it.

We understand that whilst no campaigning took place, the ballot carried questions that were different from the questions agreed upon by the Joint Supervisory Body.

He said that the Commission was also approached on 22 November by representatives of the Tonsu constituency to support their own mock referendum and, after the call in the House for all
constituencies to follow suit, we are anticipating further proposals for mock referenda.

Whilst we applaud the initiatives of your respective Members and acknowledge their role in ensuring that constituencies are ready for the forthcoming referendum, all Commissioners
expressed grave concerns about the mock referenda and agreed to urgently seek your assistance in halting them.

We would be grateful if you would share with Members the serious threats to the conduct of the referendum by such activities, which include:

Voter confusion through inconsistent messaging and processes, for example, the use of incorrect ballot questions.
Additionally, before the ballot paper will be released to the
public it needs to be carefully tested in a controlled environment to ensure any potential for voter confusion is mitigated.



Hidden challenges for conservation and development along the Trans-Papuan economic corridor West Papua Action Network

An analysis of some of the ecological effects of the Indonesian

governments road-building programme in Papua, by researches from James
Cook University, Cairns, Australia.


The island of New Guinea harbours one of the worlds largest tracts of
intact tropical forest, with 41% of its land
area in Indonesian Papua (Papua and Papua Barat Provinces). Within
Papua, the advent of a 4000-km devel-
opment corridor reflects a national agenda promoting primary-resource
extraction and economic integration.
Papua, a resource frontier containing vast forest and mineral resources,
increasingly exhibits new conservation
and development dynamics suggestive of the earlier frontier development
phases of other Indonesian regions.
Local environmental and social considerations have been discounted in
the headlong rush to establish the
corridor and secure access to natural resources. Peatland and forest
the epicentres of economic development. Deforestation frontiers are
emerging along parts of the expanding
development corridor, including within the Lorentz World Heritage Site.
Customary land rights for Papuas
indigenous people remain an afterthought to resource development,
fomenting conditions contrary to con-
servation and sustainable development. A centralised development agenda
within Indonesia underlies virtually
all of these changes. We recommend specific actions to address the
environmental, economic, and socio-political
challenges of frontier development along the Papuan corridor.

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Video: West Papuans arrested for calling for an end to human rights abuses and raising the morning star flag "IndyWatch Feed National"

As West Papuans celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December and took part in ceremonies, where the independence Morning Star flag was raised, theIndonesian occupation forces came in and arrested dozens. So far, about 130 areknown about. A together about 500 people have been arrested over the past week,as the occupation authorities tried to clamp down on the growing frequency of protests.

The morning Star Flag

Human rights day was used to speak out against human rights abuses, and to hand over a petition, urging the Indonesians top accept fact finding missions by the United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Signing the West Papua petition

The Australian government has been giving support to the occupation and training its forces, which which carried out systematic murder has carried out systematic murder, torture and detentions. It is time for this  to stop this assistance and support the West Papuans to decide their own future.

Video by Free West Papua TV

Video by  thejuicemedia

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On the passing of internet time. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some years ago, New Zealand poet and scholar Michele Leggott was able to date a series of poems by Robin Hyde after noticing that one of the pages of the manuscript bore faint traces of another piece of writing. It was a fragment of a short story that Leggott knew well, and whose date of composition had already been established. What must have happened she realised is that Hyde used


High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, heavy ashfall blocking sunlight, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 03:00 UTC on December 8, 2018. Heavy ashfall is falling on the island, blocking out sunlight. Volcanic ash rose up to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Darwin VAAC, forcing...... Read more


Electrification Partnership beginning of new era for PNG Power Business Advantage PNG

Carolyn Blacklock, the acting Managing Director of PNG Power, says the money that will come from the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership established at APEC will greatly assist the roll-out of electricity. She says PNG Power has sharply increased the number of connections and will concentrate on hydropower.

Carolyn Blacklock, acting MD of PNG Power. Source: BAI

The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership has been struck with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. It has the goal of connecting 70 per cent of the population to electricity by 2030.

Currently only about 13 per cent of Papua New Guineas population have reliable access to electricity.

What it says is: if you have good governance, they will back you, Blacklock told business leaders last week.

The PNG Electrification Partnership is not loans; it is not tied aid.

It is real money, starting with US$45 million from January next year. We dont have to go through hoops.

This Electrification Partnership stops PNG Power from having to borrow money.

We will procure, and they will come and check we have done the connections.

Then they will give us the money. It is that simple.




New majority owner of Port Moresby Stock Exchange outlines its plans Business Advantage PNG

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange has new majority owners. So, whos behind Pacific Capital Markets Development and what are their plans for Papua New Guineas bourse? In this exclusive interview, one of the Principals of Pacific Capital, Frank Dunphy, reveals all to Business Advantage PNG.

Last week, Pacific Capital Markets Development Pty Ltd announced it had reached an agreement to acquire Bank South Pacific 62.5% majority holding in the Port Moresby Stock Exchange (POMSoX).

POMSoX opened for business in June 1999. For most of its life, it has been under the joint ownership of the countrys two licensed stock brokers, BSP Capital (a subsidiary of Bank South Pacific, or BSP) and Kina Securities (part of Kina Bank).

There are currently 14 companies listed on PNGs exchange, including both BSP and Kina.

Next, the exchange badly needs an electronic settlement system.

The new deal will put the future of the exchange in the hands of two experienced capital markets specialists: Frank Dunphy (a former Chair of the POMSoX) and David Lawrence, former Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney Stock Exchange.

Dunphy says the two have plans to broaden the operations of the exchange.

The two banks have done a good job of creating and developing a market, Frank Dunphy tells Business Advantage PNG.

The new Capital Markets Act stipulates that a company listed on the exchange cannot also be a member (or owner) of it. While passed in 2015, the Act has not been fully enacted, meaning there is no current obligation for either bank to sell immediately. BSP has decided to sell now, however; Kina has not.




Counting down at the traffic lights Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Traffic-in-MoresbyBEN JACKSON | Sun-Earth-Sea Blog

PORT MORESBY - I feel the outline of the little red panic button hidden behind my steering wheel.

The lights are red at one of Port Moresbys notorious intersections. It is a city with an unfortunate and unenviable reputation for carjackings.

My podcast continues playing but fades in to subconscious background noise. My focus is outside the car, scanning between the mirrors, the windscreen and little clock on the traffic lights.

The countdown to green begins. Green is important. It means movement, speed and the safety they bring.

120 seconds.

People flood the busy four-lane arterial road and engulf the vehicle, which feels as though it has shrunk down to the size of a matchbox car with me still sitting inside.

Commuters alight from diesel-puffing shuttle buses and stream nearby trade stores and markets to shop for the evenings food.

Packs of kids run across the road, grasping lollies and cans of soft drink, laughing in delight as they make their way home from school.

Street sellers march up and down the lines of traffic and each intersection has its own selection of wares.

At a different, more health-orientated set of traffic lights one can find bananas, guavas, pineapples, peanuts (roasted or fresh), earphones - and earbuds too.

I once saw a man selling a live cuscus an indigenous possum.

Another time there was a guy who, for the right price, was willing to part with two eagles.

At this intersection they only offer and ice-cold soft drinks, cigarettes and buai betel nut the remnants of which leave a visceral red stain that is splattered across road.



Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician West Papua Action Network
Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician
Reporter: antara 9 hours ago

Jakarta (ANTARA News) The Indonesian security personnel should crush the armed Papuan rebels who had brutally killed 31 construction workers of the Trans-Papua Road project, and find the four missing workers, a politician said.

"This shooting case must be a lesson for all related institutions, including the National Police, Military, and National Intelligence Agency (BIN)," Deputy Chairman of the Great Indonesian Movement (Gerindra) Party, Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, said on Monday.

According to Ahmad, as revealed in his press statement made available to ANTARA here, the slaying of 31 Indonesian citizens is not a simple case. It needs to be handled comprehensively, but the priority should be given to the four missing workers.

No one can point fingers at a certain institution. Instead, the priority should be to find the four ill-fated workers whose whereabouts remain unknown, as the state should be able to protect each of its citizens, he remarked.

Capturing the perpetrators who killed the workers in Nduga District, Papua Province, on Dec 2, should also be conducted immediately to prevent them from repeating their acts of crime, he revealed.

In making this collaborative effort a success, all related institutions must be able to work in synergy by using all networks, resources, and technological capability.

The people, at large, have been awaiting the state`s tough actions against the armed Papuan rebels, he added.

According to Lt Col Dax Sianturi, the spokesman of XVII/Cendrawasih regional military command, as of last Friday, the Indonesian military and police personnel have found 16 corpses of workers in the sub-districts of Yigi and Mbua, Nduga District.

The security personnel continued to update information on the victims, including the workers of PT Istaka Karya. On the day of the shootings, 28 workers of PT Istaka Karya were on the ground, he noted.

Seven of them survived the brutal killings. Nine others were confirmed dead, while seven workers, who also died, could not as yet be identified. Five other workers were still missing, he noted.

The armed rebels also killed a soldier named Handoko and injured two other security personnel Sugeng and Wahyu, he added.

Reporting by Imam Budilaksono
Editing by Rahmad Nasution, Yoseph Hariyadi

Editor: Heru Purwanto


From arrows to M16s: highlands tribal fights get deadlier Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE


PILIKAMBI - Tribes in Papua New Guinea's rough and rugged highlands have fought one another for centuries, but a recent influx of automatic weapons risks turning minor beefs into all-out war.

Israel Laki misses the old days - just a few years ago - when clansmen would settle fights in what he deems the proper way: with bows, arrows, axes and spears.

It was honourable, he insists, even if an arrow once thumped within millimetres of his heart as he tried to axe a rival tribal fighter to death.

The wiry 69-year-old still carries the scars and spirit of the old ways from this picturesque part of central Papua New Guinea, which Westerners reached only in the 1930s.

Even today, the modern state is little more than an abstract concept in the isolated region, where few respect the government.

Old rivalries persist, as do fights over rape, theft and tribal boundaries.

But tradition is increasingly melding with modernity, to devastating effect.

Locals now speak darkly of an influx of American M16s and AR-15s and Belgian FNs - all brutally effective rifles designed for the military - and of roving mercenaries and arms dealers willing to work for cash, pigs or women.

Papua New Guinea's population has more than doubled since 1980, placing increasing strain on land and resources and deepening tribal rivalries.

Elsewhere in the country, however, tribal fights have become rare or ritualistic, thanks, in part, to urbanisation and the fear of firearms igniting an ever-escalating conflict.

But in Enga province, regional police commander Joseph Tondop has already seen dozens die during the three months he has been on the job.

"I was surprised to see people armed with very high-powered weapons and they were just killing one another by the side of the road," he told AFP.

The surge in violence has prompted a company of around 100 government soldiers under the command of a Sandhurst-trained major to establish a makeshift garrison at a hotel in the main town of Wabag.

"They decide to take the law into their own hands and apply justice amongst themselves. Jungle justice," said commander Tondop.

Under this system, "one person's problem becomes everyone's problem".

Military intelligence suggests the guns come from nearby Bou...


Bougainvilles tinderbox threatens to reignite Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

PangunaALAN BOYD | Asia Times

SYDNEY - Foreign mining companies are jostling for exploration rights on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville ahead of a crucial independence vote next year that some fear could revive tensions that sparked a civil war that killed 20,000 in the 1980s.

The island will need mining royalties to maintain a viable economy if the referendum backs independence, but unresolved issues over the Panguna copper mine are still a sensitive point with traditional landowners. Villagers shut the pit down in 1989, triggering the previous lethal conflict.

The referendum is the culmination of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, which formally ended the decade-long bloody civil war. It will take place as the US and Australia aim to work closely with Papua New Guinea to develop its Lombrum Naval Base to counterbalance Chinas growing maritime influence in the region.

In January, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) said that an indefinite moratorium had been imposed on work at Panguna, which was the worlds biggest open-cut copper mine when it was being operated by Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), a unit of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto.

Rio exited in 2016, transferring its 53.8% shareholding to the ABG and the PNG government, but there has been speculation the mine could reopen. PNGs government gave its shareholding to traditional landowners in the Panguna area.

If we went ahead now, you could be causing a total explosion of the situation again, ABG president John Momis said after the moratorium was declared.

As far as the people are concerned and as the government, we cannot allow foreign companies to be causing division and using a very emotional situation [on] the ground to cause another war.

In 1972, there were suggestions of colonialism and commercial exploitation over a decision to grant a mining license to Rio Tinto after minimal consultation with local villagers. Bougainville was then being ruled by Australia under a United Nations mandate that ended with PNGs achievement of independence in 1974.

The Panguna mine effectively underwrote that process: at one point copper from the mine was contributing 45% of PNGs annual export earnings and generating more than US$740 million from tax income and dividends.

But little of this money reached tribal groups; instead, they compl...

Tuesday, 11 December


Ramu Nickel Mining accused of Ignoring Community obligations Papua New Guinea Today

The Ramu Nicco Mine Management has been accused of ignoring its community obligations to the mine impacted villages at the mine site, along the pipeline and at the refinery at Basamuk at Raikos District of Madang Province.

Basamuk Landowners Association Chairman Steven Saud says communities in the impacted areas still lack the basic necessities of power and water supply which is a must for mine impacted areas.

He says it is the landowners who own the land and they have every right to such services which the company must provide through its community obligations program and given a fair treatment of developments in their area.

Mr. Saud says they have also missed out on the business aspect of the mine through spin offs where the Landowners should be given the opportunity to participate and they have suffered for the past 13 years which is utterly unjust as royalties are one off and through spin offs, they will fully benefit.

He says he will support the Kurumbukari landowners at the mine site to shut down water supply to the mine if their demands to the Ramu Nicco Management are not met.


Fundamental change needed with Papua New Guinea state-owned enterprises Business Advantage PNG

Kumul Consolidated Holdings, the holding company for Papua New Guineas state-owned enterprises (SOEs), has released its Year in Review. It says that 2018 has been particularly difficult and challenging for the countrys SOEs and that a fundamental change is necessary if the enterprises are to expand.

Workers at PNG Power, one of Kumul Consolidated Holdings SOEs Source: KCH

Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH)s review states that, at the end of 2017, PNGs nine state-owned enterprises had net assets of K5.06 billion, employing 7117 people.

Collectively, they paid K103 million in dividends to the State in 2017. However, the slowness of PNGs economy has had an impact on revenues.

The past 12 months have been particularly difficult and challenging as greater emphasis has been placed on mergers, labour rationalisation, reduction to operating expenses, and budget-focused micro-management to deliver profitable outcomes, the report states.

Not all our planned outcomes have been achieved and realised in 2018.

A fundamental change in the way the SOEs perform is necessary to ensure they are appropriately positioned for expansion.

This is not hiding the fact that our assets in some cases are simply not performing to expectations.

The report provides financial information on some of PNGs biggest SOEs.



APEC hailed by organisers as a success for Papua New Guinea despite tensions Business Advantage PNG

Papua New Guineas hosting of APEC 2018 was a success, say three senior figures involved in its organisation. Ivan Pomaleu, PNGs APEC Ambassador, suggests that the country achieved all of its goals in spite of the lack of a consensus within the group of 21 nations.

PNGs APEC Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu Source: APEC

Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, said APEC improved PNGs international profile.

We have proved all our critics wrong and have successfully hosted one of the biggest events of our history.

I like to think that, in a roundabout way, we helped with the discussions.

We have now put Papua New Guinea on the map, like never before.

Key projects

PNGs APEC Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu acknowledged there were some tensions in the meeting between China and the United States.

PNG was trying to referee a couple of big boys in the roomthat was interesting.

I like to think that, in a roundabout way, we helped with the discussions.

Good outcomes are those which are relevant to the different levels of stakeholders.

Were we successful? PNG initiated a number of key projects for 2018. We hosted and supported our deliverables.

We achieved 100 per cent of what we set out to achieve.


Pomaleu believes there were some key lessons from the APEC experience.

Prepare well, get plenty of practice, build capacity, stick to a core number of ideas and deliver those well.

Keep a good balance between local issues and ongoing issues relevant to bigger economies.

Good outcomes are those which are relevant to the different levels of stakeholders, especially those at the lower end. And be creative.

We received many commitments from our friends in APEC, from the other 20 economies.



In brief: US$8 billion Frieda River feasibility study released and other business stories Business Advantage PNG

Feasibility study for Frieda River mine in Sepik Province reveals expanded project, government accounts close this Friday and Pacific nations look to extended their exclusive economic zones. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Credit: PanAust

The feasibility study for the PanAust-led Frieda River copper-gold project in Sepik Province has been released by Highlands Pacific. The project is now referred to as the Sepik Development Project, and involves not only a mine, but also major port and road infrastructure works in the province, a hydro-electric power plant and a power transmission grid.

With required capital estimated at US8 billion (K26.5 billion), the project is likely to be the second largest capital investment in PNG after the Exxon Mobil LNG project, says the study.


The Government yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture to progress the Wafi-Golpu Project, reports the Post-Courier.


All financial commitments by the National Government will be paid by this Friday, when government accounts shut-down for the year, EMTV reports the Treasurer Charles Abel as saying.

A big element of that is making sure that that some of our private sector arrears are paid out, Abel told a media conference this week.


The eight nations that are Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), including...


People Moves: Bank South Pacific, PNG Air Business Advantage PNG

New head of BSP Digital, CFO departs PNG Air.

Ms Nuni Kulu has been appointed General Manager Digital at Bank South Pacific, effective 1 January 2019.


Ali A Contractor has resigned as the Chief Financial Officer of PNG Air Limited. The companys current Financial Controller, Sujeewa Samaranayake, will step into the Chief Financial Officer role in an acting capacity pending a permanent appointment to the position.


The post People Moves: Bank South Pacific, PNG Air appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

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