Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said Cabinet has endorsed the establishment of the fund under the Organic Law and approved a Certificate of Compliance issued by the First Legislative Counsel. In support of the PNG SWF, Prime Minister O’Neill said Cabinet has taken note of the First Legislative Counsel’s draft bill for the establishment the fund under the Organic Law.
The Prime Minister said NEC will advise the Governor General to recommend to Parliament that the bill be accepted and has directed the First Legislative Counsel to;
a) Prepare an instrument for the Governor General to sign that recommends to Parliament that the Organic Law on SWF Bill 2014 establishment be accepted;
b) Prepare and publish the instrument of gazettal for the bill and;
c) Carry out any other processes to allow the bill to be tabled in Parliament.
“NEC also directed SWF Secretaries Committee to report back to Cabinet, through Ministerial Committee on Economic Sector (MCES), with updated action plan to operationalize the SWF,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.
The Prime Minister further added that Cabinet also approved the engagement of an external law firm by Department of Treasury to assist the SWF Secretaries Committee prepare secondary legislation, consequential amendment to existing legislation's & regulations and procedures necessary to operationalize the SWF.