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Speaking in Brisbane, Yala put forward three case studies where improved transfer of land titles could have a significant effect on PNGs economy: in the palm oil and housing sectors, and also with deceased estates. The first area considered was New Britain Palm Oils (NBPOLs) smallholder oil palm project.
He said NBPOLs oil palm projects are divided into: estates, which are government-owned plantations with Agricultural leases; mini-estates, which are plantations on customary land; and small holders, which are plantations with state leases, called Lease State Settlements (LSS).
State leases are typically for 99-years. Yala said that there are 2,403 of them. Of these, 56.4 per cent are without a title.
It is a very vibrant small business sector which is actually suffering from this title transmission issue.
Yala argued that if small holder operators are granted a title, they can create assets to be used as collateral (for raising capital).
Lets get these titles (to these small holders) who are struggling without titlesit is affecting production, he said.
Yala next looked at National Housing Corporation (NHC) houses.
He said government housing stock was largely inherited from the departing colonial government in 1975 and disbursed through various home ownership schemes.
Those [houses] disbursed under the various schemes fall into two major groups: where titles have been granted to the recipient and where titles have not been granted.
Expanding Papua New Guineas power network requires a variety of approaches, some very clever thinking, and helping small communities develop sustainable incomes to pay for power.
That is the view of energy analyst, Craig Lawrence, who believes that state utility PNG Power (PPL) must look beyond its emphasis on power generation and grids.
At the heart of the debate over PNG Powers challenges is the governments ambitious policy of providing access to electricity to 70 per cent of the country by 2030.
It is currently between 12 and 13 per cent, according to the acting Managing Director of PPL, Carolyn Blacklock.
Electrification of PNG will be a progressive series of steps.
Queensland-based analyst Craig Lawrence says there is no single approach to achieving the governments aim.
He agrees that in the short-to-medium term, smaller regional-based, renewable projects are likely to be the most cost-effective solution.
The National Capital District Commission (NCDC) is reportedly negotiating with China Exim Bank for a loan to upgrade two roads into four lanes in Port Moresby, Governor Powes Parkop says.
Speaking at the ground-breaking of the European Union-funded K4.5 million infrastructure project at the Morata Vocational Training Centre, First Counsellor of the EU delegation in PNG, Rudie Filon, noted that PNGs crime problem can be lessened if more young people are trained with specific skills and given fair opportunities in the workforce.
The Government has decided to give vessel day scheme (VDS) refunds to domestic fishing companies linked to onshore processing facilities. The Fisheries Industry Association (FIA) announced this on Monday when welcoming the Governments decision to invest in infrastructure and support operational costs at processing facilities in the country.
Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste are the countries in the Pacific region most in need of aid funding, New Zealands foreign ministry says. The New Zealand government recently increased its Overseas Development Assistance budget by US$488 million, lifting the total to US$1.5 billion over the current four-year funding cycle.
Lead partners implementing coffee rehabilitation in various provinces have been reminded to use funds properly to service the growers and not themselves. We have a task to deliver to coffee growers and not ourselves,’...
|Emily Wurramara performing at the Australian High Commission on Monday 16 July.|
|Emily Wurramara with Australian High Commission staff members after her performance.|
Tim Daiss | Oilprice | 16 July 2018
As liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets mature, trying to establish itself against decades of crude oil dominance, developments far removed from most of the action are taking unusual turns that could in time impact the entire LNG value chain.
Until recently, tiny Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the envy of the worlds LNG producers. Not only did its PNG LNG export project come online without much delay but it also avoided the quandary, affecting nearby Australia whose LNG development has been marred by budget over runs running into the billions, continual project start delays and industry troubling feuds between worker groups and project developers.
PNG LNG project loses its shine
The ExxonMobil-led $19 billion PNG project came online in mid-2014 and started shipping LNG to markets in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 72 percent of all global LNG demand. By 2017, the project was producing some 8.3 million tonnes of LNG, an increase of 20 percent from the original design specification of 6.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).
By last year, ExxonMobils PNG p...
KUCHING, Malaysia For generations, the people of Papua New Guineas northeasternmostprovince, New Ireland, have depended on the regions rich marine resources for their livelihoods. Like the rest of the country, all of New Irelands land and water territory is held in customary tenure by indigenous peoples, who make up much of the archipelagic provinces current population of 195,000. New Irelands marine and terrestrial systems have faced numerous threats over the past 138 years, said John Aini, an indigenous fisheries scientist and marine advocate from the province who founded the conservation group Ailan Awareness. Aini was delivering a keynote speech at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Kuching, Malaysia, on June 26. Aini said the threats to the province emerged in the 1880s, when German colonists arrived and began to establish coconut plantations, stole control of the land from the local communities, and forced people to move from the high mountains in the center of New Ireland to the coasts. He said the destruction of the provinces forests through logging began in the 1980s, large-scale mining and oil palm plantations in the 1990s, and that illegal fishing by fleets from across Asia had been going on for a century. These are just a few of the operations that have harmed the provinces marine ecosystem, Aini said. The natural environment and indigenous peoples in New Ireland are now also contending with modern threats, including the governments land-licensing program known as Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL). These allow communities to sign over
Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018
Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.
The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.
Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.
Junior Ukaha | The
National aka The Loggers Times | 16 July
THE Morobe government wants an
equity of no less than 20 per cent in the Wafi-Golpu
Governor Ginson Saonu made this
known last Wednesday during a two-day stakeholder forum in Lae
regarding development of the proposed mine.
He said the Morobe government wanted
to be an active partner in mine development.
Apart from the legislated 2 per cent royalties, my government and people need better and attractive incentives in the form of equity, Saonu said.
We have made our position clear and have requested the National Government to acquire extra equity on top of the 5 per cent free carry.
We are prepared to assist the Government to acquire this equity ourselves. We expect no less than 20 per cent equity in the project.
The rich Wafi-Golpu gold and copper prospect in Bulolo,
Morobe Province, is valued an estimated K16.7 billion (US$5
billion) over a 25-year lifespan.
According to local MP Sam Basil, Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV) will pour an initial capital investment of K8.8 billion (US$2.8 billion) over a 25 year life of the mine and the other half of the amount will be expended.
And the MP, who is also the Minister for Communication, Information Technology and Energy, told a two-day development forum last week in Lae that attracting financial backing for the project is not easy.
But he said the combined experiences and technical resources of the JV partners Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Newcrest Mining Limited will attract the capital investment.
But what I want to say is that all indications show that the WGJV team collectively knows what they are doing. This is based on experience in South Africa in the case of Harmony and Australia and Indonesia in the case of Newcrest. Their reputation is important in attracting investors to this Wafi-Golpu project.
In anticipation, Mr Basil added; As minister for State, I welcome the royalties and taxes to government that the Wafi-Golpu mine project will generate, the estimated 2500 jobs during construction, not mentioning employment of local contractors and suppliers, and enabling infrastructure including roads and bridges.
The K16.7 billion capital investment the WGJV brings are funds which the National Government, Morobe provincial government, the relevant DDAs and the relevant local-level governments desperately need in this tough economic times.
Mr Basil said he is excited about the potential of the Wafi-Golpu project unlocking agribusiness in the district and province.
He said there will be greater access to agriculture-related markets with a number of proposed new roads that will open up the region from Highlands Highway to Bulolo Highway.
Aa well new infrastructure to be developed for the Wafi-Golpu mine will make it commercially viable for up to 100,000 hectares of land in the Watut River valley to be used for agricultural purposes.
I am aware that the WGJV community development program has a strong focus on unlocking Morobes agribusiness potential through continuing support of an ongoing cocoa development program. They are also investigating other potential and appropriate agricultural initiatives.
The potential for positive impact on the national economy, Morobe Province and each of the core districts of Bulolo, Huon Gulf and Lae District and t...
WESTERN Governor Taboi Awi Yoto stole the show yesterday
when he interrupted a Government announcement by announcing that he
was also defecting.
The Government was on the verge of welcoming Maprik MP John Simon and Usino-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro to its ranks, when Mr Yoto barged in to announce his defection.
The surprise turn of events took place at the ground floor conference room of Sir Manasupe Haus at Waigani, which is occupied by the office of the Prime Minister Peter ONeill.
Mr Yotos unassuming walk-in surprised the media, when he walked in on the Government announcement of the move by Mr Simon and Mr Uguro.
He was quickly taken to the front and greeted Mr ONeill with a firm handshake and a smile before standing next to the PM and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel.
The media reaction was instantaneous with a flurry of whispers growing and the flash of the cameras, the attention Mr Yoto got was one of shock and disbelief that a member and one considered to be among staunch Opposition MPs, was joining Government.
With a smile, he was welcomed into the fold along with Mr Simon and Mr Uguro.
Mr Yoto entered politics as a member of the United Resources Party but later changed his allegiance to the PNG Party.
He quietly explained his reasons and why he chose to move.
He likened his move to being on the other side of a broken bridge, and trying to get to a mango tree full of fruits, however his stones were not reaching their target.
It is difficult for me to deliver while sitting on the other side.
Although we have a lot of resources, I dont have the money, I need the Governments support to bring that money back to spend.
I know my people will support me, I know this decision will get criticisms, but the criticisms will not move the province, they have the choice in 2022.
I will stand by this decision and when it comes to 2022, the people will have the final say for my political career, Mr Yoto said.
The Prime Minister welcomed Mr Yoto, Mr Simon and Mr Uguro, saying that their move to the Government had boosted his ruling Peoples National Congress number to 46 MPs.
We formally welcome the members who are joining the Government to deliver on the good policies that we have and that the policies we are developing and delivering to the nation.
The Opposition was contacted yesterday for comment but had not replied. Post Courier/PNG Today/PacNews
Are they [Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining] willing to admit the mistakes they have done up at Hidden Valley? Minister Sam Basil
Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 13 July 2018
BULOLO MP Sam Basil says he does not
want to see a repeat of problems faced by landowners of the Hidden
Valley Mine to happen at Wafi-Golpu.
The Mineral Resources Authority,
however, countered that the fault was with the landowners
Basil was speaking yesterday during
the second day of the Wafi-Golpu Project Development Forum in
Basil, whose district hosts Hidden
Valley Mine, said despite the mine operating for a number of years,
living standards of the mine-area landowners had not
He said the Biangai and the Watut
people, traditional landowners of Hidden Valley, had not seen any
tangible developments and benefits from the mine.
After the implementation of PNGs 2nd National Financial Inclusion Strategy in the March quarter of this year, Governor Bakani said there was a 55 per cent increase in users with mobile financial services accounts and a 62.75 per cent increase in women using mobile financial service accounts.
Bakani said that globally, financial sector policymakers recognise the game-changing potential of digital financial inclusion.
He said institutions and financial regulators have the opportunity and responsibility to prepare consumers for the risks and the rewards of the digitisation of financial services.
The existing bricks and mortar banking system does not work for poor people, said Bakani.
This is partly because most of their transactions are conducted in cash.
Handling cash transactions is costly for banks, utility companies and other institutions, which pass along the costs to their customers.
This takes the services beyond the financial reach of consumers.
Bakani warned that although digital technology is opening new vistas, challenges remain.
Sparse populations, inconsistent network coverage, insufficient capital for building new business models, lack of trust and low technical literacy of consumers can stand in the way...
The four rounds of sub-national mass
vaccination campaign against polio in three high risk provinces in
Papua New Guinea has been launched by Minister for Health and HIV
and AIDS Sir Puka Temu in Lae Monday.
Sir Puka said the government is committed to working with partners from World Health Organisation, UNICEF and other global partners to re-eradicate polio in the country.
The commitment of the government and the department is for PNG to be declared again as polio free. It is a status that we must achieve and the world is watching us now.
So, our biggest challenge is to make sure our cold chain systems with our special immunisation programs are done effectively and we can go back to effective routine immunisation programs, Sir Puka said.
He said the four rounds of sub-national mass vaccination campaign programme will go in all the communities of the Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands provinces simultaneously effective as of Monday.
WHO country representative Luo Dapeng said for the next two weeks, the wide vaccination of all children under five years will be on in these provinces to protect them against polio.
We are doing the same vaccination campaigns in two other provinces of Madang and Eastern Highlands, Mr Dapeng said.
More than 300, 000 children under the age of five have been targeted for the immunisation programme in the three provinces.
UNICEF officer in charge and deputy representative Judith Bruno said their priority is to achieve the highest possible polio coverage for these provinces.
Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunisation coverage to stop the circulation of the virus because the threat will remain as long as children in this country are not consistently and routinely immunised against polio.
UNICEF is fully committed to supporting government efforts led by the department of health and WHO to re-eradicate polio in PNG, Bruno said.
UNICEF has procured and delivered 611,00 doses of polio vaccines early this month to support the emergency vaccination for children in the three provinces.
Sir Puka has confirmed K6 million funding from the national government is earmarked for the polio immunisation coverage in the provinces.
He also aims to secure additional funding to increase efforts to revamp the health surveillance systems and take care of any detected polio cases in other provinces.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS/PNG Today
Youve got your hiring plan mapped out. Your job descriptions typed up. Job ads published. Recruitment team on standby. But your application inbox is empty. Why? Maybe its your employer brand.
One estimate by the Harvard Business Review found that a company with 10,000 employees could be spending an additional US$7.6 million in additional wages to compensate for their poor employer brand.
Why? Employers can expect to pay an additional 10 per cent in wages to convince candidates to come on board an organisation that has no branding, or a poor brand.
Employer branding is thereforean essential aspect of recruitment, even though it is often outside of the control of HR, or the team undertaking hiring.
One negative moment in the press can affect an employer brand years down the track.
With so many aspects out of your control, what steps can you take as an HR leader to improve your employer brand?
Before you set to work on revamping your employer brand, you need to first ask yourselfdo you have one at all? Ask yourself:
Recently I was asked to participate in the Great Debate, an academics versus students comedy debate that is part of ANU Asia Pacific Week, on the topic of Does foreign aid do more harm than good. Myself and the other academics were on the negative team, and managed to keep the crowd on side (who were already supportive of aid at the beginning).
The students put forward some good arguments, particularly around the colonial history of aid, some of the failures of aid, the changes brought forth from non-aid economic growth and technological advancement. But one thing that really stood out, and that stands out time and time again when seeking to explain foreign aid to groups of people with limited knowledge of it even those who maybe have done a development studies class or two is that people dont really understand how aid gets from the developed country to the developing one.
There seems to be a popular misconception that aid is simply a transaction between two countries. That on 1 July each year, Australia opens its internet banking app, flicks Papua New Guinea half a billion bucks and just writes in the transfer description Frm Oz plz spend on health n ed.
This misconception is problematic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it fuels the idea that aid is just handed over to corrupt governments or dictators without any degree of accountability. Second, it doesnt give a clear sense that there are rules around what aid can and cant be spent on. And third, it really understates the complexity of the global aid system, which leads to sweeping generalisations about everything when one thing goes wrong.
So my goal in the debate was to try to get across the complexity of aid, especially to explain why some project failures dont mean that most aid is causing harm.
I started thinking of ways to describe the range of actors involved in the aid space. Having recently returned from a family funeral that has its own coordination challenges, an extended family immediately came to mind. And the worlds most famous extended family are no doubt the Kardashians.
So, imagine you are in a country called Calabasas, and every Kardashian-Jenner is an aid project. This is what youd be faced with (Ive added some Kardashian kontext for those who might not have been keeping up lately).
Kris Jenner (Kardashian-Jenner matriarch and momager extraordinaire) A very tightly run managing contractor (some might say micromanaged) that delivers results to its beneficiaries, even if the social benefit of its projects is questioned by some. The coun...
PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics | Edited extract
CANBERRA - Deputy prime minister and treasurer Charles Abels credibility was on the line. He had made a commitment. Now could he deliver on it?
So did Charles Abel keep his 100-Day Plan promise to reduce Papua New Guineas 2017 budget deficit from its unsustainable level?
The answer is almost certainly no.
The actual 2017 budget deficit is conservatively estimated at more than one billion kina larger than claimed largely because the government has not paid its bills or its GST refunds.
The conservative estimate lifts the size of the 2017 budget deficit from 2.4% to just under 4% of GDP. However, the upper reaches of the deficit estimate could be K2 billion more than the K1.8 billion deficit reported in the 2017 final budget outcome.
Thats more than double.
The government made its budget reductions in the wrong way. Expenditure was cut entirely in areas key for PNGs future growth and concessional loan projects were delayed.
Even using the governments preferred figures, the blow-out in operating expenditure entirely consumed the claimed increase in revenue. This would have been bad enough.
But operational expenditure K700 million more than revealed and revenue likely K350 million lower than revealed means only one thing.
The operational side of the budget is not under control.
One is left with a sense of unease. Some claimed cuts are just not believable - such as the K535 million cut to education.
The cut of K229 million to superannuation is also not credible.
Games seem to have been played with trust accounts, such as likely deferred payments of GST to provinces of at least K200 million....
BRISBANE - I lived most of my life in what was formerly German New Guinea. In Wewak for the first four years of my life and then, after schooling in Australia, in Aitape for the rest of my working days.
In recent years, the history of German New Guinea has become available in books translated from German into English and am learning some astounding information not known by the Aitape people.
For example, I was amazed to find in a 1910-11 report a bridge 165 metres long was planned to be built across the Raihu River and villagers from Wokau, Pro and Lemieng worked tirelessly at felling heavy ironwood logs of and dragging them to the site.
And a permanent public ferry service had been established at rivers and creeks so people could travel dry-shod from Aitape to the great Sissano Lagoon 45 km away. Now, in 2018, long gone.
The road east from Aitape through Tadji, Vokau, Pro, Lemieng, Paup to Yakamul had been completed. The construction of a 121 metre stone jetty through the surf had been completed and soon would be extended another 80 metres. When a bridge over the Aitape (Maldic) River collapsed, it was replaced immediately. Overall, with limited resources, the German Administration did extraordinary feats.
Only the remnants of the reinforced concrete jail is still standing today. The German police force was the largest in the Pacific, numbering 1,000 men by 1914, and yet it was still too small to handle unrest, especially when it occurred in different areas simultaneously. The people did not give way so easily to the intruders.
Off shore from Aitape is Seleo Island where a trading and plantation operation was established by the Neu Guinea Compagnie in 1895, was run by Herr Paul Lucker. Eventually the company had 5,875 coconut palms at Seleo and 700 on Tarawai Island.
HAMARTIA ANTIDOTE | Pakistan Defence | Edited
KARACHI - The leaders of Australia, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have marked the start of a project to lay an undersea internet cable between the three countries amid criticism from China that Australia is trying to contain its influence in the region.
Australia is spending nearly $137 million to lay the cable and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull described it as a "very practical way" of providing foreign aid
Back in 2016 the Solomon Islands government signed a deal with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to lay a cable to Australia.
But the Australian government was concerned Huawei would be permitted to plug into Australia's telecommunications infrastructure.
It believes that while Huawei is an independent company, it retains links to the Chinese government and could pose a threat to Australian infrastructure in the future.
Last year senior government officials told the Solomon Islands government that Canberra was unlikely to grant the company a so-called "landing point" for the cable on the Australian mainland.
The Australian government then announced its support for the PNG cable and a few months later said it would foot most of the bill to lay the cable to the Solomon Islands as well.
In June, Australian company Vocus was awarded the $136.6 million contract to manage the construction of the 4,000-kilometre cable.
Some observers believe the decision was not only due to security concerns but also to counter China's growing influence in the region, particularly its use of loans and grants to build infrastructure projects.
The formal start of the cable project comes amid criticism from within China that Australia is trying to contain Beijing's influence in the Pacific.
In an editorial yesterday, the state-owned newspaper Global Times said, "China's emergence is an irreversible trend and any attempt to con...
160718SIN BY OMMISSION SAYS MOMIS
New Dawn FM News
ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS has challenged the people of Bougainville to report and cool any activities that may create disunity for the people of Bougainville.
He said that examples like killing of people, stealing and other illegal activities must be reported to Police and authorities to address immediately before they get out of hand.
President MOMIS said that the people who witness illegal activities and do not report to Police or refuse to give evidence as witnesses are also guilty as the person who has committed such crimes.
He said Police have reported that many people have refused to provide evidences in many cases in the past.
The ABG President said that the people must come out of these problems so that Bougainville is totally free before the referendum.
160718POLICE CHIEF ON LAW AND ORDER
New Dawn FM News
Bougainville Police Service Principal legal officer, Chief Inspector JAMES PIUS says that law and order is for all citizens to maintain and of course with the Police in front.
He said that Law and Order is not for the Government, the leaders and Police alone.
He told New Dawn FM today that Bougainville must maintain law and order in all communities so that the upcoming referendum can be held in a conducive environment.
Chief Inspector PIUS said that what is happening on Bougainville can be controlled because Bougainvilleans are peace loving people.
He mentioned, issuing of threats, Overloading vehicles and drinking and creating problems for others as some examples of law and order issues affecting Bougainville today.
On traffic rules, the Chief Inspector has called on drivers to make sure the follow traffic rules on speed limit and also to observe crossings.
He gave examples of two types of crossings in Buka town, the HAHELA Primary School crossing and the Buka Market crossing.
He said that the BUKA Market crossing is a 24 hour crossing and the HAHELA Primary School crossing only operates between 0745 hrs during school days and ends after School and teachers must be present to watch students cross.
The Buka town market is a 24 hour crossing 24/7 but again drivers must slow down to make sure no one is crossing before passing through.
He also called on the pedestrians to walk past at the crossing and not to delay the flow of traffic unnecessarily.
1) Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga
5:30 pm today
Thousands of West Papuan villagers have reportedly fled from
their homes in a remote regency due to conflict between Indonesian
military forces and pro-independence fighters.
This follows a string of deaths in Nduga regency where Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army have exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.
Since the latter part of 2017, fighters with the West Papuan Liberation Army, or TPN, have intensified hostilities with Indonesias military and police in Tembagapura and its surrounding region in Papuas Highlands. Photo: RNZ / Suara Wiyaima
Three people were killed in an attack on police at the local
airport two weeks ago during regional elections. A faction of the
Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
Following the attack, about a thousand extra police and military personnel deployed to the regency.
They have been conducting an aerial campaign over the Alguru area in pursuit of the Liberation Army, with unconfirmed reports saying at least two Papuans have been shot dead and others injured in recent days.
A police helicopter was reportedly fired on by a faction of the Liberation Army last week, although it is unclear whether it was in response to rounds of aerial artillery fired by the military over Alguru.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has accused the Indonesian military of bombing in Nduga.
"Bombing, burning houses, and shooting into villages from helicopters are acts of terrorism," the Liberation Movements chairman Benny Wenda said.
"The Indonesian governments horrific acts of violence against the Melanesian people of West Papua are causing great harm and trauma."
Indonesias military published a statement saying reports that security forces were conducting airstrikes were a hoax.
However the Nduga regent, Yarius Gwijangge, last week made a plea to the security forces not to shoot from the air because he feared this could lead to civilian casualties.
Responding to the attacks, the largest organisation of Christian Churches in Indonesia called for the countrys human rights commission to open offices in Papua region.
The Communion of Churches (PGI) urged Indonesian authorities to stop repressive action and adopt a strategy of persuasion.
It said the National Com...
160718NAKIN CALLS ON CATHOLIC YOUTH TO SHINE UP
New Dawn FM News
The Member for North Bougainville in the National Parliament, WILLIAM NAKIN has called on the Catholic Youths in North Bougainville and Atolls to support their government by contributing to peace and stability in their communities.
The Member and the ABG President spoke to the Catholic Youths who had gathered to meet the NUNCIO at the weekend at the HAHELA church yesterday.
Member Nakin said that the youths of today are the strength of any society that is why the Government and the Churches always plan for their future as they are the leaders of tomorrow.
MR. NAKIN called on them to be organised and participate with awareness on how Bougainville is moving towards the referendum scheduled for next year.
More than ONE THOUSAND youths participated at the Mass yesterday which New Dawn FM recorded and Broadcasted last night.
160718CHURCH TO BILL SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR LOSS MADE
New Dawn FM News
The Catholic Diocese of Bougainville who have been preparing to welcome
the arrival of the Papal NUNCIO to Bougainville, last Friday have agreed to bill the leaders of the service providers for about TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA for financial loss they made when the NUNCIO did not make it to Buka.
Preparation by the Catholic Youths from Central, South and North Bougainville was made ahead of the arrival with youths from Central and South Bougainville converging to TUBIANA for the meeting with the Nuncio and in Buka he was to meet the youths from North West, North Bougainville and Atolls
Their preparation included the hire of cars and boats to get to these locations and also for buying food for that big event.
Bishop for the Diocese of Bougainville, His Lordship BENARD UNABALI told the congregation at HAHELA yesterday that costs were already incurred and the bills will be presented to the instigators who threatened the Plane from coming last Friday.
He said people have to learn to understand that many big events such as the Nuncios visit to Bougainville have huge costs and last minute changes can be very costly.
And team leaders must be ready to meet the consequences for their actions.
160718POLICE WARNED TO PERFORM
NEW DAWN FM NEWS
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS says that the Bougainville Police Service is not performing as expected by the people of Bougainville.
He made these comments at a news conference in Buka last Friday.
President MOMIS said that the Government will address their problem by equipping them to perform their duties.
He said that the Government will look at options available to make sure the Police capacity is beefed up to counter terrorist activities and also address other law and order issues happening on Bougainville that could disadvantage the end result of the referendum.
Meanwhile, AIR NIUGINI resumed flights to Buka today after it was stopped due to security threats by service providers last Friday.
160718MOMIS SAYS NONESENSE MUST STOP NOW
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS says this nonsense of terrorising the public by few individuals must come to an end otherwise Bougainville will be the loser at the end of the Peace process.
He made these comments to reporters last Friday in Buka.
President MOMIS said what the so called service providers want from the government is for the government agree and authorize the FIFTEEN MILLION KINA from the ABG so that the National government can release it to a private account so that they can distribute amongst themselves like what they did to the Disaster funds last year.
President Momis said this wont happen as they would be breaking the Public Finance Management Act and also this is not good governance.
President Momis said what the ABG wants is for the service providers to present their invoices so that relevant departments can screen and pay those contracts that are in order and genuine.
Meanwhile, earlier, the ABG Minister for Finance, ROBIN WILSON had explained to them that the ABG owes the service providers 35 MILLION KINA and not 15 MILLION and that the Port Moresby JSB approved to make the payment of 35 Million kina so that all contractors owed can be paid.
He also told them to provide invoices so that they can screen them and pay them with the rest of the Contractors.
From the last Arawa JSB New Dawn FM understands that the Prime Minister came with a cheque of FIVE MILLION KINA for RDG but as of today it still has no money.
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A NEW underwater telecommunication cable from Australia
to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands is expected to boost
internet quality and is set to be completed towards the end of
The Coral Sea Cable System project was advanced with a signing of an agreement between Prime Minister Peter ONeil and his peers from Solomon Islands and Australia last week.
There was also a signing in Port Moresby to confirm arrangements with the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.
Australias High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Bruce Davis said Australia was proud to be a partner.
The new cable system underscores PNGs efforts to promote economic integration in the Pacific in its 2018 Apec host yea
r, and to foster domestic growth opportunities, he said.
Australia will fund the majority of the project, with PNG and Solomon Islands to also provide a contribution as a partner in this trilateral project.
Minister for Communication and Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil said at a workshop late last year his department was ready to support the development.
We support the submarine cable and we support Australias initiative to provide funding, he said
Basil, pictured, said his department and agencies under it must play a more-significant role in the ICT sector.
A case in point is the terrestrial network upgrade, the submarine cable bandwidth, and the Apec 2018 ICT arrangement. Both should have come under my ministry. None of the Government organisations under my ministry are playing the leading role in them for whatever reason, he said. ....read more on PNG Technogy website : PNG eHow
Human rights groups urge police, military to withdraw from Nduga
Gemma Holliani Cahya
Jakarta | Sun, July 15, 2018 | 01:30 pm
Human rights activists have urged the National Police and the Indonesian Military to withdraw their joint operation from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, after a shootout between security personnel and unknown armed assailants.
We urge the police and the military to stop their security operation in Alguru village, the activists said in a press release on Saturday.
The activists, which comprised members of 13 non-governmental organizations, including the Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) and the Papua chapter of the Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi Papua), said before a massive joint security operation on July 11 that shootings between the two parties had been intensifying over the past two months.
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We recorded four shootings from June to July between the security personnel and the Papua National Liberation Army, the human right activists said.
The joint security operation was launched following an attack on a Twin Otter aircraft carrying election material by unidentified assailants right after it landed at Kenyam airport on June 25. Three local residents were killed in the incident and the aircraft pilot suffered from a bullet wound to his back.
With almost 1,000 security personnel deployed to the area, activists said the residents felt uncomfortable living in their village. Many of them, fearing for their lives, have fled to nearby cities, such as Wamena and Yahokimo.
The situation, the activists said, made it difficult for the residents to access health and education facilities.
2) Statement from Benny Wenda on Indonesian military attacks in Nduga, West Papua.
To the President of Indonesia, the Commander of the TNI, and
Chief of Indonesian Police; On behalf of the people of West Papua,
and as Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua,
we firmly reject the military actions taken by the government of
Indonesia in the Kenyam District of Nduga, West Papua.
Bombing, burning houses, and shooting into villages from helicopters are acts...
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