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Tuesday, 17 July

20:08

Meninga wants Kangaroos-Tonga Test match Papua New Guinea Today

Mal Meninga. Picture: KANIVA TONGA NEWS
SYDNEY, 16 JULY 2108 (AAP) Mal Meninga doesnt care where the Australia-Tonga rugby league Test is played, he just wants it to happen.

The Kangaroos coach is confident the historic match, which would see Cronulla star Andrew Fifita face off with his former national teammates, will go ahead later in the year.

Meninga suggested the game could be staged in New Zealand following the Kangaroos Test with the Kiwis in Auckland on October 13.

I think everyone wants it to happen, Meninga said in Canberra on Friday.

It hasnt been budgeted for within the games financials so theyre working through all options at the moment, what venues they are.

But Id hazard a guess, its definitely on, its just where.

Theres been talk about staying over after the NZ Test and playing Tonga over there, but the appetite for it is good.

Suncorp Stadium looms as the most likely venue, but Meninga also floated Sydney and Melbourne as potential hosts.

Tonga are desperate for their first shot against the Kangaroos and they boosted their chances by defeating Samoa in front of almost 18,000 people at Sydneys Campbelltown Stadium in June.

Fifita has been joined in the Tongan team by North Queensland star Jason Taumaolo.

The Sharks forward said that Tonga was ready to take on Australia.

Itd be a massive game if we can get it on, Fifita told AAP in June.

Looking at last year I went and played for Australia and there was barely anyone in the crowd for Australia and New Zealand down in Canberra.

Then I came here (to the Pacific Test at Campbelltown) and it was a full house. PacNews

19:48

Polye backs Governement's move on Autonomy for Provinces but warns of abuse of powers Papua New Guinea Today

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Giving autonomy to provinces is the right Approach! The government has decided well in my view!

On the issue of the type of autonomy, I think the Government has made the right decision in principle by giving political, administrative and financial autonomy to the three as a pilot case to improve this kind of governance and can be extended to others in the country over time!

In principle, I believe the decision is correct!

The execution and operation of this principle of autonomy is the next issue that needs to be crafted out.

Let's support this move by government and discuss as to how we can contribute making autonomy work better than the current system of governance.

Of course, the Bougainville's autonomy, I think, is absolutely different to that of the three provinces. However, the challenges we have seen in the implementation of the Autonomy in Bougainville could be the common issues for them. Its the implementation, I also think, PNG Think Tank and others should be focussed on in its deliberations to make some input to government and other authorities.

I also believe that some seed capitals should be made available to those provinces to start an economic investment program to begin a process of socio-economic sustainability.

The financial assistance should be staged out over a period suitable for full autonomy. The money could be lent or given as grant and exgracia, but the focus of the autonomy needs to become economic self-reliance!!!

I believe in socio-economic autonomy or self-reliance of each of the province, ethnicity, tribe, clan, locality and citizen and individual of our nation! We must erode free handouts and dependency! I also believe that socio-economic autonomy is key to political, administrative and other elements of sovereignty. Thus, we strive to become a great nation this way!

Nevertheless, let me also mention that such autonomy should not be abused. Autonomy needs to be given and taken with right motive! If the powers of autonomy are misused, abused or misapplied then provisions need to be inclusive in the instruments to withdraw the autonomous powers or for punitive measures to be applied.

We support the thr...

18:01

Releasing land titles could bolster Papua New Guinea SMEs says expert Business Advantage PNG

Improving the transfer of land titles could boost Papua New Guineas small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, according to Dr Charles Yala, Principal & Director of Niugini Land and Properties. He calls for a new policy direction that would allow the effective transfer of outstanding titles.

Land titles expert Dr Charles Yala Source: APNG Business Forum

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.

Houses

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.

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16:52

Clever thinking required to solve Papua New Guinea energy issues, say experts Business Advantage PNG

Papua New Guinea has some ambitious plans to expand its populations access to electricity. However, boosting electricity supply across the country requires some very clever thinking, say energy analysts.

PNG Hydro power as an energy source. Source: PNG Power

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.

Payment

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16:34

In Brief: Borrowing from China to upgrade roads, and other business stories Business Advantage PNG

Negotiating to upgrade roads, using aid for development, and refunds to domestic fishing companies. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in briefThe 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,&#8217...

16:23

People Moves: Digicel Business Advantage PNG

A senior vice president at Digicel

Digicel PNG has appointed a new Senior Vice President, Lorna McPherson, to build upon the companys strength locally and enhance PNGs largest communication network.

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The post People Moves: Digicel appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

12:19

Indigenous Australian musician to collaborate with PNG artist Malum Nalu

Australia High Commission

Award-winning Indigenous Australian singer-song writer, Emily Wurramara, is in Papua New Guinea as part of theNational Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week celebrations hosted by the Australian High Commission.
Emily Wurramara performing at the Australian High Commission on Monday 16 July.

Emily Wurramara with Australian High Commission staff members after her performance.
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12:08

Exxons Papua New Guinea Gas Project Is Dead In The Water "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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...

11:42

Protecting PNGs oceans: Q&A with marine activist John Aini "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

10:09

Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

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.

09:22

Morobe government eyeing 20pc stake in Wafi-Golpu mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 16 July 2018

THE Morobe government wants an equity of no less than 20 per cent in the Wafi-Golpu Mine.

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.

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09:16

PNG's Wafi-Golpu Mine valued at K16.7 billion Papua New Guinea Today

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...

09:13

Western Governor Taboi Awi Toto joins O'Neill Government Papua New Guinea Today

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

09:03

Basil wants Wafi-Gulpu not to repeat Hidden Valley mistakes Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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 themselves.

Basil was speaking yesterday during the second day of the Wafi-Golpu Project Development Forum in Lae.

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 improved.

He said the Biangai and the Watut people, traditional landowners of Hidden Valley, had not seen any tangible developments and benefits from the mine.
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09:00

Sharp rise in use of mobile financial services in Papua New Guinea Business Advantage PNG

The Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Loi Bakani, has told an APEC Improving Digital Financial Literacy Workshop that the use of mobile phones for financial services is increasing sharply. He said the greatest challenge to further take-up is peoples distrust of technology.

Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani showed that the use of mobile phones for financial services is rising.

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.

Trust

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...

09:00

Mass Polio vaccination campaign launched in PNG Papua New Guinea Today

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

08:37

Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea IUCN report Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Our current understanding of the deep sea does not allow us to effectively protect marine life from mining operations

Stringent p...

08:30

Opinion: Five steps to improving your employer brand Business Advantage PNG

Managing the way your business appeals as a place to work is crucial to good human resource management, according to Kristine Berry, Director of the recruitment and HR company Peopleconnexion. She calls it the employer brand. How good is yours?

Peopleconnexions Kristine Berry believes companies should manage their employer brand.

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?

Step 1: Complete an employer brand audit

Before you set to work on revamping your employer brand, you need to first ask yourselfdo you have one at all? Ask yourself:

  • Do you have a career site?
  • Does it need a makeover?
  • Do you discuss your company culture in recruitment collateral?
  • How smooth is your application process?
  • ...

06:00

Aid coordination: its all about keeping up with the Kardashians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

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...

05:00

Charles Abels one billion kina (or more) budget blow-out Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Summary of likely sources understating 2017 budget deficit
Summary of likely sources used to understate Papua New Guinea's 2017 budget deficit

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics | Edited extract

You can read Paul Flanagans full article, including charts, here

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....

04:00

Reviving some of the lost stories of German New Guinea Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

German native police 1909
German native police on parade in 1909

ROB PARER

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.

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03:00

China continues criticism of Pacific undersea cable deal Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Australian underwater cables in Asia-Pacific
Australia's undersea cables in the Asia-Pacific region

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...

02:06

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

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.

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02:01

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

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.
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01:57

Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga West Papua Action Network

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/361944/traumatised-papuans-flee-conflict-in-nduga

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.

0Since 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...

01:46

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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.

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01:42

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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.

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01:18

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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.

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01:09

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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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23:42

Waspada! Agen BIN Sudah Bergerilya di Media Sosial atas nama Papua Merdeka Papua Merdeka News

PMNews mencatat berbagai perkembangan, terutama cekcok, beda pendapat, konflik sampai kepada verbal violence yang terjadi di media masa belakangan ini sudah dengan jelas menunjukkan NKRI telah menggunakan ke-tidak-tahu-an orang Papua, dan keterbelakangan berpikir orang Papua sehingga mereka telah berhasil memancing emosi dan reaksi dari antara orang Papua sendiri, berpikir seolah-olah kata-kata yang keluar itu dari

Waspada! Agen BIN Sudah Bergerilya di Media Sosial atas nama Papua Merdeka was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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18:31

Cost of Air Travel in PNG a concern Papua New Guinea Today

Commentary by Bryan Kramer, Hon Member for Madang Open

Today I boarded a flight from Lae to Madang on PNG Air. It was the first time I've traveled on the airline, while I was impressed with the service what put me off was the cost of the ticket - K600.

The distance between Madang and Lae is just 200 km yet the price of a ticket is equal to flying on a special from Port Moresby to Brisbane, another country.

So foreign nationals and Politicians enjoy flying abroad on cheaper flights than everyday PNGeans in our own country.

When I inspected the ticket I noted the break up of cost, PNG Air fees being K272 and Government Tax & Charges component making up the balance of K321.

This is certainly ridiculous, where the Government charges exceeds the cost of the actual service.

I've been informed EDA Ranu has recently increase the water tariffs in NCD by 600%, Motor Vehicle Registration has also increased by some 40%.

It appears the O'Neill Government now broke from running down the country and misusing Billions in public funds is now trying to pass the cost onto the people while Members of Parliament continue to be overpaid, under taxed and yet corrupt MPs still feel the need to steal millions in public funds.

As a Member of Opposition and Shadow Minister for State Owned Enterprises I intend to put an end to it this madness.

While I maintain the war on the newspaper companies I will start carrying out inquires to establish whether these exorbitant price increases are even legal and what options are available to the public to bring a class action against it.

15:10

Undersea cable to boost Internet Access in Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Today

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 2019.
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

11:40

BREAKING THE GRIP OF RH OVER PNG PNGBLOGS


By Frederic Mousseau

OAKLAND, Apr 20 2016 (IPS) - James Sze Yuan Lau and Ivan Su Chiu Lu must be extremely busy men. Together, they are listed as directors of some 30 companies involved in various activities and services related to logging or agribusiness in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The former is the managing director of Rimbunan Hijau (RH) PNG and son-in-law of RHs founder Tiong Hiew King; the latter is executive director of RH PNG Ltd.. All but two of these 30 companies have the same registered address at 479 Kennedy Road, in the national capital, Port Moresbythe headquarter of the RH group in the country.

Their ability to magically fit into a relatively small office space on Kennedy Road is not the only puzzling fact about the subsidiaries of the Malaysian group, Rimbunan Hijau. Out of the 30 above mentioned companies, 16 subsidiaries that are directly involved in logging or agribusiness have one other thing in common. According to their financial records , they dont make a profit. Most of them have been working at a loss for over a decade. During the 12 years for which financial records were available to the Oakland Institutes researchers, all together, the subsidiaries declared an average loss of about US$ 9 million every year.

How the group the largest logging operator in PNG manages to operate at a loss for so many years, and yet still remains in business? If it were unprofitable to log and export timber from PNG, why would these companies continue their operations? These are some of the critical questions raised in a report released in February 2016, The Great Timber Heist: The Logging Industry in Papua New Guinea, by the Oakland Institute. The report exposed massive tax evasion and financial misreporting by foreign logging companies, allegedly resulting in non-payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

Recovering tax revenue would be certainly welcomed by PNG given the acute budget crisis the country has been facing in recent months. Yet, it is unclear whether the government of PNG will decide to take action following these revelations. After all, despite the promises made by the Prime Minister, still no action has been taken two and a half years after the damning report on rece...

11:12

Human rights groups urge police, military to withdraw from Nduga West Papua Action Network

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/15/human-rights-groups-urge-police-military-to-withdraw-from-nduga.html

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.


https://www.ulmwp.org/statement-from-benny-wenda-on-indonesian-military-attacks-in-nduga-west-papua

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.
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