June 30, 2016

Touaguba Hill Paradise project to add new skyline for Port Moresby

Touaguba Hill Paradise project to add new skyline for Port Moresby

The Touaguba Hill Paradise project is the work of NPL Development Ltd and the site will comprise of three building apartments with 9 levels to cater for the increase demand for housing and accommodation in the city.
“The project with a construction area of 23, 373.70 square meters will cost K90million and target to handover to its clients by June 2018,” said the developer’s Managing Director Mr. Dato’ Jimmy Poh.
“The development of Touaguba Hill Paradise is a collaboration of international team of designers and real estate firm to deliver a very well thought out living space with style and flair,” he added.
The Touaguba Hill Paradise will be a fully furnished apartment with classy and distinctive interiors and an array of facilities that will bring a modern style of living for tenants.
For property inspection schedule, Call +675 71885566
Stop n Shop opens new outlet in Konedobu , Port Moresby

Stop n Shop opens new outlet in Konedobu , Port Moresby

City Pharmacy Limited (CPL) yesterday officially opened its ninth and “best” Stop and Shop outlet at the Harbour City in Konedobu. CPL has risen its standard says CEO Ravi Singh.

 “This shop is of international standards. Its modernized, offers 14 000 thousand different items, has 260 new employees offering their services and has the longest trading hours of any shop in PNG- from 7 am to 9 pm.” He described the location as strategic as it can be accessed by those in down town Port Moresby and the neighbouring Motuan villages and Kondedobu offices. According to Sales Manager, David Bell this outlet is the best.

 “This shop is the model Stop and Shop outlet. Some things that are found here cannot be found in other shops. Despite this, we still maintain our slogan cheap prizes every day.” The shop comes at a cost of K 18 million; K 8.5 million from CPL while the business arm of the East New Britain Provincial Government, the ENB Development Corporation Limited group of companies put in K 10 million. The shop’s opening is the second partnership between the two. The first resulted in the opening of Stop and Shop Koki two months ago. 

The official opening yesterday commenced with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by William Lamur, the Managing Director and CEO of the ENB Group of Companies. “The modernized properties offer customers a new shopping experience with a promised consistent excellent customer service, accompanied by a wide range of product offerings. I urge all to experience shopping with a difference and convenience at our outlet,” said Mr Lamur.

Source: Post Courier
Momis slams Rio Tinto's refusal to accept responsibilities on damages

Momis slams Rio Tinto's refusal to accept responsibilities on damages

ABG President John Momis
BOUGAINVILLE President John Momis has expressed deep anger at Rio Tinto’s refusal to accept responsibility for the environmental and other damages caused by the Panguna Copper mine in Central Bougainville.

This comes as Rio Tinto announced it is divesting its shares in Bougainville Copper Limited, former operator of the mine.

Mr Momis met with two Rio Tinto officials in Port Moresby on Wednesday in what has been described by an insider as a "very tense meeting".

Mr Momis said yesterday that in previous meetings he had insisted that Rio Tinto accept responsibility for mining legacy issues.

"When I met their officials last night (Wednesday) in Port Moresby, they flatly rejected any responsibility for their contribution to the damage done by the Panguna Mine," he said.

"Rio’s officials gave me two reasons for not accepting responsibility for mine impacts. First, Rio operated under the PNG law of the day. Second, they were forced out of Panguna by the conflict.

"But the truth is Rio Tinto generated huge revenues from what we all now know were the terrible injustice of its Bougainville mining operations."

Mr Momis said that the mine shut down in 1989 only because anger over that injustice generated demands for a renegotiated agreement.

He said that it is now clear the Bougainville Copper Agreement (BCA) under which Panguna was operated was deeply unjust.

"It ignored environmental damage and social impacts. Only a tiny share of mine revenue was distributed to landowners and to the North Solomons provincial government.

"The gross injustice of the BCA has since been recognised by Rio. As a result it made major changes to its own policies, especially in relation to landowners.

"It accepted new standards of sustainable development as a founder of the International Council on Mining and Metals. Rio is now deeply hypocritical in its blatant disregard of the higher corporate responsibility standards it says it has adopted.

"Now Rio Tinto proposes to walk away from responsibility for the effects of the injustice of its highly profitable operations.

The President said he will be writing to the managing director of Rio Tinto asking him to reconsider not only the Rio decision about its shares, but also its refusal to deal with its Panguna legacy responsibilities.

"I am also writing to the International Council of Metals and Mining asking them to end Rio Tinto’s membership because of its failure to honour the ICMM’s10 Principles for Sustainable Development Performance," he said. Post Courier

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Madang MP Nixon Duban welcomes the opening of new Madang Town market

Madang MP Nixon Duban welcomes the opening of new Madang Town market

Picture by Malum NALU - The completed fish buying and storage facility for the Madang Fisheries Cooperatives Society funded under the Japanese Overseas Development Grant for 2010.
The opening of the new Madang Town market, scheduled for Friday 1st July, was welcomed by Madang MP and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Nixon Philip Duban.

The newly-constructed Madang Town market is an initiative of the Japanese and PNG governments through JICA and National Fisheries Authority (NFA) for the people of Madang.

Duban was grateful of the initiative that will change the face of Madang town and bring more economic value for the people and the province as a whole.

He said economic growth is one of the major policies of the government and such initiative is good for the province.

“Towns and cities are expanding rapidly to cater for the growing population and the new Madang Market with its modern facilities is timely for the people of Madang,” Duban said.

“Madang has been without a proper market for a very long time and the intervention by NFA and JICA is a relief.

“The Madang District Development Authority (MDDA), under my leadership, has provided every support since the commencement of the market project. It will continue to support it to ensure proper management of the market and its sustainability into the future is given importance as a public infrastructure asset for the province.”

The Member is urging the citizens of Madang Province to take ownership of the market and look after it, as it will benefit both the sellers and the buyers.

Duban urged everyone in Madang to be part of the opening ceremony and showcase what Madang truly is.

The new Madang Town Market will be officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, Grand Chief Leo Dion, in the presence of Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Mao Zeming, and the Japanese Ambassador to PNG, H.E. Morio Matsumoto.
Live Your Goals partners with Walk For Life

Live Your Goals partners with Walk For Life

The Sir John Guise Stadium will come alive this Sunday with the launch of the FIFA ‘Live Your Goals’ programme.

The FIFA Live Your Goals program promotes the increase of girls and women participation in football and hopes to inspire and empower women and girls to believe in themselves. The Live Your Goals programme is part of FIFA’s legacy for staging the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

The launch will coincide with thehost city Walk for Life initiative because of the host city’s stand on promoting the empowerment of young women and girls in the community.
The host city governor, Powes Parkop this year declared NCD as a ‘City safe for women and girls’ and has been promoting respect for women through its host city initiatives Walk for Life and Yoga for Life. The FIFA Live Your Goals programme compliments his initiative calling for respect for women as well as inspiring women.
Local Organising Committee chief executive officer, Seamus Marten said it would be great to see the residents of Port Moresby at the Sir John Guise stadium to witness the launch.

“The U-20 Women’s World Cup is going to be hosted in Port Moresby so we want the residents of Port Moresby to be actively involved in the planned activities to build the excitement in the lead up to November,” he said.
The launch this Sunday will commence with the Walk for Life starting at the old Sea Park at Ela Beach then along the Poreporena Freeway and down Waigani Drive to the Sir John Guise Stadium where the launch will be held.
The two hour event will involve 200 girls between the age group of six-years to 12-years-old from schools within Port Moresby gathering at the Sir John Guise Stadium to participate in learning basic football techniques from female coaches and women football players.

The Live Your Goals programme is one of the key milestones events that the Local Organizing Committee has been working on to promote the theU-20 Women’s World Cup in November.

June 29, 2016

PPL Hands Over New Footbridge to Furimuti Village

PPL Hands Over New Footbridge to Furimuti Village

PNG Power Limited recently opened and handed-over a newly constructed footbridge, to the people of Furimuti village, on the outskirts of Port Moresby city.

The 50 metres long, suspended Cable Footbridge cost PPL just over K200,000 and was constructed by the Department of Works under the Government’s Public Private Partnership program.
Officiating at the occasion was PPL’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Chris Bais, accompanied by his Acting General Manager-Corporate Service Mrs Cathy Sigiamo, Acting Manager Lands and Community Relations Nancy Qwarame and their officers.

Mr Bais highlighted to the community, that PPL as a State Agency of the Government, has the responsibility to ensure electricity service is provided to the people of PNG, both in rural and urban areas.
“But with that responsibility, also comes with its community service obligations to not only provide this service, but to ensure it provides relevant community support service programs to communities,” Mr Bais said.
Furimuti village is one significant community to PPL, as they have given up their customary land to PPL, to erect 10 of its Transmission Towers to link up Rouna Hydro powerstation to it’s Moitaka powerstation.
This community’s sacrifice, had them relocated to the banks of the Laloki river, which for the last 40 years, they have been greatly affected when the river floods. According to some local women there, lives have been lost just for the sacrifice to cross the flooding river to have access into Port Moresby city for food rations and other household needs.
But as Mr Bais highlighted, this community service of constructing them a Suspended Cable Footbridge, will ease their struggles crossing the Laloki River.
Mr Bais also called on the local community leaders, to take good care of the footbridge, to ensure it serves its purpose, and not to be destroyed by their own neglect.

The Works Department, was represented by the Assistant Secre¬tary-Rural Infrastructure Program Mr Easo Joe Roroi, and his officers, also made a similar call to the people, that maintenance will only come, when the structure fails, and not when intentionally damaged by villagers.
Mr Roroi also thanked PPL for its commitment to ensuring this project come to fruition
New expanded format for 2017 OFC Champions League

New expanded format for 2017 OFC Champions League

A new and expanded format that will take Oceania’s premier international club competition across the Pacific is on the cards for the 2017 OFC Champions League.

For the past two years the competition has been hosted in a single venue but that is set to change in 2017 after the OFC Executive Committee approved a format that will split the competition into four stages.

Stage 1 will be the Preliminary Competition for the national league champions of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga which will open the competition calendar in 2017.

For the first time two teams from this competition will progress to Stage 2, the Group Stage of the OFC Champions League, both the preliminary winner and the runner-up.

In another first for the competition, Stage 2 will be contested by 16 teams – two each from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu - which will be drawn into four groups, each one hosted in a different venue.

A round-robin league system will be adopted to determine the top team in each group, the four teams will progress to Stage 3, or the semi-finals.

A draw will be held involving the four qualified teams to determine their respective opponents for the home-and-away semi-final with the winners progressing to the fourth and final stage.

The two match home-and-away final will determine the winner of the 2017 OFC Champions League and the OFC representative at the FIFA Club World Cup 2017.

Additional Information:

The OFC Champions League is the Confederation’s premier international club competition and brings together the top teams from around the Pacific to compete for the crown of regional club champion.

The 2017 tournament will be the 15th edition of this prestigious event which offers a much coveted prize – qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup.

Defending champions Auckland City FC will be chasing their ninth regional title, in a competition that has largely been dominated by themselves and Waitakere United.

Papua New Guinea club Hekari United became the first club outside of New Zealand or Australia to claim the prize with their 2010 victory, while Sydney FC, Wollongong Wolves and South Melbourne also have their place in the history books.


Source:  OFC
ANGAU receives infrastructure upgrades

ANGAU receives infrastructure upgrades

The ANGAU Hospital in Lae Morobe Province has received a new portable cool room to meet the demand for meals to inpatients. The cool room will increase storage capacity for perishable foods at the hospital and will assist in meeting the increasing demand for fresh meals from the kitchen facility.

The hospital kitchen caters for over 450 inpatients per meal and the portable cool room is among a number of improvements identified in the ANGAU hospital redevelopment masterplan.
ANGAU Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kenyhercz, thanked Australia for the assistance given to ANGAU during the official hand over of the cool room.
“We have seen so many improvements taking place at the hospital in recent months. Just in the last few weeks we have received a new forklift, bed frames for our staff units, a major electrical upgrade and now a new cool room for the kitchen.

Our staff and patients are really benefitting from Australia’s support,” Dr Kenyhrcz said. Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor Benedict David said there would be further infrastructure upgrades to the hospital. “In coming months, we expect new medical equipment, a portable
ward and surgery theatre, a new dental clinic and an extension to the Intensive Care Unit.”
Australia is funding a program of works to upgrade essential infrastructure at ANGAU Hospital.
World Bank : Papua New Guinea's  ranking on ‘doing business’ drops

World Bank : Papua New Guinea's ranking on ‘doing business’ drops

PAPUA New Guinea has dropped its ranking in terms of its regulations on people starting business and doing business in the country, according to the World Bank.

In the World Bank’s assessment of “Doing Business 2016”, Papua New Guinea dropped four places to 145.
It was ranked 141 out of the 189 world economies last year.
Under “Starting a Business”, PNG also dropped to 138 from last year’s ranking of 128.
International Finance Corporation Pacific senior operations officer Jonathon Kirkby told The National that the figures indicated that the Papua New Guinea Government should improve its business regulation.

“The Doing Business rankings are designed to compare business regulation in 189 different countries around the world,” he said. “The rankings allow a guide to how easy or how difficult the current regulation of business in each country makes it for businesses to start up, operate and grow, and if necessary eventually close down in an orderly way.”
Kirkby said the Doing Business rankings looked at 10 criteria, including:
Starting a business – the process of registering a business and getting all the necessary permits and licences for it to operate;
Getting electricity – the speed and ease with which electricity supply can be connected, and its reliability;

Registering property – the efficiency and security of buying and selling freehold land; Protecting minority investors – the strength of corporate governance, and whether government regulation protects minority investors in a company from conflicts of interest by directors;
Paying taxes – the amount of time and cost involved in calculating and then paying a company’s taxes.

“The Doing Business rankings do not show all the factors that are important in operating a business,” he said.
“Very important factors for business owners are things like macroeconomic stability, political stability, law and order, the quality of the workforce, distance from international markets and the size of the local market.
“Doing Business concentrates on a sub-set of the things that are directly within government control.”

June 28, 2016

SDA Churches clean-up Kiunga Hospital

SDA Churches clean-up Kiunga Hospital

By Nelson Thom

The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) churches in Kiunga, Western Province, have done a major clean up at the Kiunga Hospital as part of their community engagement and outreach.
On a bright Sunday morning, Kiunga and Mepu churches came together, with congregation numbers reaching well over one hundred, bringing along bush knives, rakes, wheel barrows, brush cutters, forks and spades with one goal, and that was to clean the Hospital grounds.
The church goers cleaned up by cutting grass, pruned and planted flowers, cleaned and dug blocked drains and also disposed of hospital rubbish.
Kiunga SDA church elder, Mark Gena, who was in charge of the clean-up and also works at the hospital, said the churches decided to do something different for the hospital.
“We always help out the hospital by visiting the sick patients and assist in feeding them and giving them gifts as part of our community contribution.” Gena said.
He said the idea was suggested by Head Elder of the SDA Churches in North Fly District, Paiyo Bale, who said visiting the hospital was great but wanted the church to do more.
“Mr. Bale is a well-respected church elder and also a successful local businessman in the province and when he suggested the idea we all agreed as this was the least we could do as a church to the hospital.” Gena explained.
“The hospital area, especially places like the outside and those areas people don’t frequent needed cleaning and we as a church agreed that we would take the initiative to do that and we came in numbers for that.” Gena added.
Kiunga Hospital Administrator, Graeme Hill, was pleased with Mark and the churches’ kind gesture.
“The hospital ground looks different, it looks clean and the SDA churches have done a tremendous job, they had over a hundred people here to do the clean-up, thanks so much to every one of you.” Hill said.
The church said they would continue to do such activities in the future as part of giving something back to the hospital and Kiunga community.
Kiunga Hospital is supported through the OTML financed North Fly Health Services Development Program and managed by OTDF: a model public private partnership between local health services and Abt JTA as the implementation partner.

Conservation NGO delivers food security training to islanders in PNG

Conservation NGO delivers food security training to islanders in PNG

Addressing food security is one of the key project activities for the Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea (WCS PNG) Programme.
WCS recently completed a soil fertility and pests & diseases management training with 75 locals from the Tigak Group of Islands in New Ireland province from the 6th-13th June.
It was the first of its kind for the participants of Salapiu, Bangatan, Kapatirung, Enuk and Kaplaman island of the Tigak local level government.

WCS New Ireland’s Agriculture officer and training facilitator Jeffery Binifa said the infection of food crops by pests and diseases was the major food security issue faced in those islands.
Training sessions on pests and diseases management included control measures using locally available plants that could act both as pesticides and fertilizers.
Bird’s Eye Chili, Derris roots and Tobacco leaves were some of the plants introduced to the participants as local pesticides.

“The chili and derris roots can be combined for better protection of crops because it acts like Karate (an insecticide sold in shops). It is used to control pests that affect vegetables,” explained MrBinifa.
“It becomes a broad spectrum insecticide that can be used on leafy vegetables like aibika, the English and Chinese cabbages and even broccoli,” says Binifa.
He further explained that planting of tobacco and chillies among vegetable plots repels off insects from affecting the leaves. He said these plants protects and helps vegetables produce better and healthy yields.
The training sessions on soil fertility management included cost effective methods like the use of compost and kitchen waste, the use of legumes plants like the soya and mung beans and other common leguminous plants to improve soil fertility.
“New Ireland’s soil formation is mainly of corals and we need good soil to yield better food crops,” said Binifa.
Use of manufactured fertilizers were discouraged due to the high cost involved.
“Similarly chemicals are expensive and dangerous if care and attention is not adhered to, therefore, use of locally available plants to extract chemicals to use was discussed and taught,” said Binifa.
NasonSangin, pastor and local gardener from Salapiu island said the training would help them use the plants rather than purchase expensive chemicals in town.
Sangin also expressed concerns over the lack of government presence in their communities to address agriculture and food security issues.
Kase congratulates St Johnes

Kase congratulates St Johnes

By Jacob Marcos-NDOH Senior Journalist

The secretary for National Department of Health Pascoe Kase has congratulated the St John Ambulance for their commitment in health services delivery in the country.
Kase said today in light of their 59th anniversary last Friday at its Three-mile headquarters in Port Moresby.
“St Johns Ambulance is an important partner in ambulatory health service delivery and health care provider in Papua New Guinea,” Kase said.
“I salute its efforts to remain consistent in providing services to the people of this nation,” he said.
Kase also congratulated the thirty-six staff members who were promoted to the ranks of corporal, captain, major, sergeant and lieutenant in recognition of their humanitarian effort.
“It was a significant event that that took place as the ambulatory service was also observing the Order’s 966 year anniversary worldwide and 59 years in PNG,” he said.

Picture of Pascoe Kase
Governor Parkop calls on PM to address Unitech situation

Governor Parkop calls on PM to address Unitech situation

City Hall, 27thJune, 2016: I would like to make a statement about the situation in Unitech. It is getting out of hand. 
I call upon the Prime Minister to take immediate and decisive action to arrest the situation. I also call upon the Prime Minister to make some decision to reduce the stress in the nation. 

I call upon the students to think beyond today and beyond just themselves. Take a step
back because tomorrow you will be able to take 5 steps forward. Think about the future generation who are also entitled to study at the University in the facilities you are destroying, it equally belongs to them. It's easy to destroy but harder to rebuild. Same goes to the students; destroying your future without regard of what you can influence later on, in your life. 

I urge all the people behind this action to reconsider their strategy! It's not working and it will not work. The end does not justify the means. How you go about doing something is as important as what you end up doing. If you use illegal means to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable. So burning public properties, murder, harassment and torture, now a possible retaliation, disruption of classes and damaging a possible bright future does not justify the outcomes that the students are seeking for. 

I also call upon the family who is seeking retaliation for the murder of their relative at Unitech to not take the law into their own hands. It will only exacerbate the situation. Let the police deal with the matter. Violence of any form does not solve disputes of any form. 
In the capital city, at UPNG, we have managed to contain the situation so the public can be assured that we will not tolerate such barbaric acts in NCD. I urge all MP's mandated by their people to take action immediately so normalcy can return. 

I urge the public to remain strong and continue to be positive and we will stand together to see our nation through these dark moments. God Bless Papua New Guinea.
USAID to Provide Technical Assistance to Detect and Treat Multidrug-Resistant TB in PNG

USAID to Provide Technical Assistance to Detect and Treat Multidrug-Resistant TB in PNG

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby:In response to the Government of Papua New Guinea’s (GoPNG) request for support to control the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in PNG, the U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide targeted technical assistance to help detect and treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), including extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).
USAID will partner with Janssen Therapeutics to bring the first TB drug on the market in over 40 years to Papua New Guinea. The drug, called Bedaquiline, is used to treat patients suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis which is resistant to the two most effective anti-TB drugs available today.

USAID’s assistance to the GoPNG’s National TB Program will help control the spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis through rapid and systematic screening to get those in need on treatment faster and through strengthenedtreatment regimens for multidrug-resistant and drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Rapid and systematic screening to get those in need on treatment faster will be facilitated by the use of GeneXpert machineswhich detect and confirm drug-resistant tuberculosis in two hours instead of weeks. In addition to the machines, USAID will also provide technical assistance to launch the GeneXpert machines and assist the National TB program to rapidly test those at risk for contracting TB.
Strengthened treatment regimens for multi and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis(M/XDR-TB)will includefree access to Bedaquiline for 85 M/XDR-TB patients in Daru and the National Capital District. USAID will also fund training ofhealth care providers on optimal implementation of MDR-TB treatment, and support the introduction of a quality assurance system for patient safety and program quality.
The drug donation program between USAID and Janssen Therapeutics forges a strategic public/private partnership to tackle one of the world’s most pressing public health challenges.
U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray said the United States Government is committed to assisting the Government of Papua New Guinea to address multidrug and extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Ambassador Ebert-Gray noted: “In order to prevent further resistance, it is essential that patients are accurately diagnosed, receive treatment with the appropriate medications, and are under close medical supervision throughout the duration of their treatment.”

June 27, 2016

Three arrested over University of Technology killing

Three arrested over University of Technology killing

Police in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae have arrested three men in connection with the death of a university student at the weekend.

A first-year student was killed at Lae's University of Technology, or Unitech, and buildings were burned in what the university said appeared to be a targeted attack.

Witnesses say a mob armed with bush knives entered the campus and killed Graham Romanong, a first year student, as he slept in his dormitory.

The Lae Metropolitan Commander Anthony Wagambie has confirmed the three men have been arrested and would be questioned by police over the incident.

The vice chancellor, Albert Schram said it wasn't clear what motivated the attack, but it could have been revenge for a student who was wounded in a brawl earlier in the month.

Saturday's unrest came after a series of clashes at PNG's three main universities this month, including a police shooting that injured dozens of students at the University of PNG in Port Moresby three weeks ago.

Students across the country have been involved in a months-long boycott of classes in protest at the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill's refusal to stand down from office to face fraud allegations.

But Mr O'Neill has blamed the parliamentary opposition for inciting the unrest, and said the opposition leader, Don Polye, had "blood on his hands."

Mr O'Neill accused Mr Polye and the opposition of attempting to use student issues for political gain.

He said the opposition has been stirring up students and misleading them with false ideas, and that when investigations were completed, he wouldn't be surprised to find the opposition heavily involved.

Mr O'Neill said the opposition was undermining the economy and image of the nation.

The Papua New Guinea cabinet was to meet today to consider the National Security Council's report on university campus violence.


Solomon Airlines, Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu tripartite codeshare launches on July 1

Solomon Airlines, Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu tripartite codeshare launches on July 1

Effective 01 July 2016, Solomon Airlines, Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu will commence operation of a long awaited codeshare service linking all three destinations.

The new service will operate from Port Moresby to Honiara on Fridays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.                            

The Honiara the codeshare service will operate from Honiara to Port Moresby on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The codeshare also extends to a weekly Honiara-Port Vila-Honiara service into Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila, operating Honiara on Tuesdays and returning to Honiara on Wednesdays.

Solomon Airlines General Manager Operations & Commercial, Gus Kraus said the benefits of all three airlines working in unison presented a major boost for the Melanesian region’s tourism and business aspirations.

“This codeshare agreement can also be seen as a considerable advancement of the ideals contained within the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) mandate and will play a key role in further promoting MSG principals,”  Kraus said.

Australian Federal Police in PNG conduct workshop  on   Investigative Interview skills

Australian Federal Police in PNG conduct workshop on Investigative Interview skills

History suggests that the most critical aspect of policing is weather complainants or victims of crime get the real justice, when he or she has been wronged.

The trend in the country is embarrassingly low with many police cases struck out in court and conviction of the cases to the courts embarrassingly low.
As a result the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through the PNG Australia Policing Partnership are currently conducting a one week workshop for Port Moresby’s police force CID and a scope of training commandants at Boroko in what is being labelled as the Investigative Interview workshop headed by Chief Superintendent Training Commander for Bomana Police College, Perou N’Dranou to assist Officers in Charge (OIC) and Police Station Commanders (PSC) understand effective investigation processes and the methodology to investigate and manage investigation that falls in their areas of responsibility.

“Previous cases has demeaned and encrypted numerous failed investigations plus a wastage of funds which denounced a much needed training to be conducted, therefore, the workshop prominently is to adhere to a cohesive training conduct between the AFP and PNG Police Force, aiming at enhancing and equipping local police prosecutors with improved knowledge and skills in order for them to carry out intensive investigative processes and also to know what is expected from them (Police) upon cases going to the courts,” said Chief Superintendent N’Dranou.
According to Superintendent N’Dranou, every police personal should attend the workshop, learn and practice what would be taught throughout the workshop so that that they acquire adequate training and practise best investigative methodologies.

Most of the theory sessions will be conducted today, with the rest of the week dedicated to practical courses in investigating a witness and a potential suspect, the workshop will run till Friday with course participants better equipped to carry out their responsibilities. PNGFM
Crown Plaza hotel in Port Moresby  put up for sale

Crown Plaza hotel in Port Moresby put up for sale

One of the four -star hotels in Port Morsby, Papua New Guinea is on sale. The Crown Plaza hotel in downtown Port Moresby is put on sale.

Its parent company, Kumul Hotels Ltd, said it was a “strategic decision by shareholders to rationalise the company’s capital and consolidate its hotel investments in Port Moresby”.
Deloitte PNG has been appointed by the board of Kumul Hotels Limited as the lead advisers on the sale of the Crowne Plaza Port Moresby Hotel.

James Kruse of Deloitte PNG said they were working with Jones Lang Lasalle in Australia who had been engaged to manage the international marketing with a focus on Asia and the Pacific region.
“The hotel is situated in the heart of Port Moresby’s central business district and boasts 157 guestrooms and suites, a gymnasium, business centre, executive club lounge, restaurants and meeting and conference facilities,” Kruse said. 

“From its prominent hilltop position, the Hotel also enjoys sweeping views over the Coral Sea and Fairfax Harbour. 
“The Hotel, which is currently managed by internationally renowned Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), is available to investors with IHG management in place or potentially with vacant possession. 
“The Crowne Plaza property is currently operating as a fully dedicated hotel, however, it could also be converted into a retail precinct, several floors of serviced offices, and remaining floors retained as hotel rooms serviced apartments,”  Kruse said the hotel was well positioned to capitalise on future business growth underpinned by developments in the LNG (liquefied natural gas) sector and major events to be held in Port Moresby.

“The sale of the hotel followed a strategic decision by shareholders of to rationalise the company’s capital and consolidate its hotel investments in Port Moresby,” Kruse said. 
The marketing process is continuing with the deadline to submit Expressions of Interest closing at 4pm on July 8 2016.”
Interested parties are to contact either James Kruse or August Alcasabas of Deloitte PNG on 675 308 7000.

June 26, 2016

Unitech, UPNG situation going from bad to worse: Catholic Church

Unitech, UPNG situation going from bad to worse: Catholic Church

Buildings burnt down at Unitech. 
The situation in UPNG and UNITECH is going from bad to worse, says the Catholic Bishops Conference.

General Secretary Fr. Victor Roche said: “There is more destruction of properties and violence among students.

“The CBC is against any form of violence. We appeal to the students not to cause any more destruction of properties.

“The students who want to attend classes should be allowed by other fellow students. There should be no intimidation from other students. Their academic year is at stake.”

Students, you have made your points clear by your protests. Now on behalf of the people of PNG CBC, I appeal to you to go back to your classes, he stated.

“CBC also appeals to the Parliamentarians to return to the parliament and solve this issue.

“We were supposed to have the reconciliation ceremony on Friday at 10am. But it was spoilt by some disgruntled students and some outsiders. Let us work towards a reconciliation between the Administration of UPNG and the Student body of UPNG and the Uniforce. CBC is ready to facilitate this reconciliation if the parties want it.

 CBC calls on all people of PNG to pray and to pray for peace to prevail.
student killed, buildings torched in targeted attack at  PNG  University of Technology

student killed, buildings torched in targeted attack at PNG University of Technology

Around 10pm last night (Saturday), a group of men armed with bush knives attacked a student in the male dormitories in C block in an apparent targeted attack.

"We regret to inform that the student passed away a few hours later as a result of his wounds," said Unitech vice-chancellor Dr. Albert Schram in a statement.

"The management was on the ground immediately, and has been dealing with the situation as it developed. They were assisted by the university police and security guards, plus a few dozen men from the Lae police, who had been called in earlier last week to protect students and university property."

“Subsequently, a group of marauders proceeded to set fire to various academic buildings. The power supply was cut off, and the telephone network went down”, said Dr Schram.

At around 1am, fire was set to the SRC president's residence, DODL and ATCDI buildings, and finally the mess. These buildings suffered substantial damage from the fire.

At around 2am, the Chief Security officer sounded the campus alarm siren, and the Metropolitan Superintendent sent in extra security forces as reinforcements.

"Regrettably, for some time the forces were outnumbered by the marauders, who constantly moved about campus.

“Finally, in a joint effort, the forces deployed on campus were able to disperse the marauders using tear gas."

The university management is dealing with the evacuation of all students from campus, since the mess will be out of operation for several months to come.

“The evacuation of most students will be completed during the morning, since the university can no longer provide food”, said Dr Schram.

"The campus gates are closed in order to prevent any outsiders from coming on campus."

June 25, 2016

Bowen excited to be part of trukai fun run

Bowen excited to be part of trukai fun run

NRL and North QLD Cowboys star, Matt Bowen is in the country as the official guest for the annual Trukai Fun Run event tomorrow.
“I always love coming to PNG and really appreciate the support shown by the people. It is always a great experience to be here in PNG and a privilege to be part of the Trukai Fun Run event,” says Bowen.
North QLD Cowboys Community Manager, Mr Jeff Reibel who accompanied Bowen in this trip to PNG also echoed the same sentiments saying, the club always appreciate the support given by the PNG people given the fact of their strong relationship with Trukai Industries.
The Trukai Fun Run is expecting a huge crowd of over 40,000 to 50, 000 participants for the event in Port Moresby as well as other centres, and Bowen says he cannot wait to be part of the Fun Run to see especially young children taking part.
“Obviously, the key message we are bringing across to children in the communities is to stay away from drugs and alcohol by eating well, playing safe and staying well to help build a safer and stronger community,” says Bowen.
Bowen today also had a chance to attend few other community engagement programs, where he showed up at Vision City, Waigani to meet the fans to sign autographs and took photos, then paid visits to Life PNG Care at Gerehu, Cheshire Homes and City Mission at Mirigeda along the Magi-Highway. PNGFM

June 24, 2016



PORT MORESBY: Kikori MP Mark Maipakai has described the Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye as ‘a disciplined, wise and brilliant leader,’ who has the potential to become the next Prime Minister.
Mr Maipakai, who is the Opposition’s shadow Minister for Finance and Planning, said Polye was matured, affluent in economic management and had earned the trust and confidence of the donors and international community.
He added that despite their age differences, he had decided to follow him when he was sacked as the Labour minister.
“Because I admire this young leader, I have decided to follow him. I believe that he will become the Prime Minister soon.
“Don is a highlander but is a true Papua New Guinean. He is honest and service-oriented so this is why I am loyal to him for a long period,” he said on Wednesday (June 22) when speaking to students, parents and community leaders at a ground breaking ceremony of Seventh-Day Adventist church headquarter in Mendi, Southern Highlands.
He said they were sacked from very government, which they formed in 2011 because it wanted to bulldoze ‘bad decisions for political expediency and not for the best interest of the country.’
“We have nothing personal with the Prime Minister and those in government. We only have had differing views on how to provide governance in the country,” he said.
The Kikori MP said this was another reason why they were sacked from the government.
He added that they stood on principles of rule of law, good governance, systems of governance and democracy.
He further said he was with Polye because of his advocacy in fighting corruption and governance issue.
“The adverse implications, which we have projected as a result of the bad decisions, have taken toll.
“Our people have felt their pinch,” he said.
Meanwhile, he only made a financial commitment towards the building of the church complex but he did not disclose its figure.

June 23, 2016

BPS Gold Sponsor for BPNG Financial Inclusion Exposition

BPS Gold Sponsor for BPNG Financial Inclusion Exposition

Bank South Pacific (BSP) presented K30,000 as Gold Sponsor towards Bank of Papua New Guinea's (BPNG) Financial Inclusion Exposition (Expo), to be held in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province on  July,  15th - 16th.The Financial Expo aims to provide an environment for people to have access to financial services, to create awareness on new development in the finance and banking sector, including innovative financial services and delivery channels.

In announcing BSP's sponsorship, Relieving Deputy General Manager, Retail Banking, Dennis Lamus said,

"The bank's support towards this event is in line with our programs aimed at reaching more people with financial literacy training, banking education and financial services."

BSP is committed to promoting financial inclusion through its 42 branches, 40 Sub Branches, over 300 Agents and convenient Electronic Banking services with key products tailored to suit all markets. The Bank's Banking Education Program, has delivered Financial Literacy Training to over 37 thousand people since 2014.

BPNG's Assistant Governor- Financial Stability Group, Ellison Pidik, thanked BSP for its continued support. The sponsorship also reflects BSPs commitment as a leading Bank in the country that is promoting awareness, and delivery of financial literacy to the unbanked population in the country.

"Improving access to financial services remains a challenge and a collaborative effort is needed to extend financial services to the unbanked majority," he added.

Participation at the event is broad-based and range from licensed financial institutions to community groups and Government Departments.
FIFA 11 for Health Program

FIFA 11 for Health Program

INSTRUCTIONAL courses for 32 Physical Education (PE) teachers that will be implementing the “FIFA 11 for Health” programme is scheduled for early next month in Port Moresby.
Representatives from the FIFA/F-MARC group will be conducting the training for the 32 teachers who are from 16 schools within the National Capital District that have been selected to implement the program before it is rolled out into the other provinces next year.

The FIFA 11 for Health programme targets 11 to 12 year-olds and compliments the OFC’s “Just Play” programme, which targets six- to eight-year-olds.
The programme is a series of football based sessions aimed at encouraging physical activity and educating children about healthy behaviours related to some of the world’s health problems. The program is based on 11 simple messages that will help to reduce the level of communicable and non-communicable health problems or diseases.

The 11 key messages are: play football, respect girls and women, protect yourself from HIV and TB, avoid drugs and alcohol, use treated bed nets, wash your hands, drink clean water, eat a balanced diet, get vaccinated, take your prescribed medication and fair play.
The program is comprised of eleven, 90- minute sessions: each session consist of two 45-minute halves. The first half is called ‘Play Football’ and focuses on teaching young people skills related to specific aspect of football.
The second half is called ‘Play Fair’ and focuses on teaching young people about a particular health issue and helping them to learn healthy behaviours.
FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Professor JiříDvořák visited the country in March and then last month where he met with the head teachers of the 16 schools and announced the roll-out plan of the “FIFA 11 for Health”.

The programme is managed by the Papua New Guinea Football Association who will see the implementation of the program through its Social Responsibility programing unit.
After the training, the 32 P.E teachers will then roll out the 11-week program within their respective schools,with the first certificates to be presented to the students during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held from 13 November to 3 December 2016.
Caption: FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Jiří Dvořák with the head teachers of the 16 schools during his visit last month.
APC by Schneider Electric announces the Remington Group as a new IT distributor

APC by Schneider Electric announces the Remington Group as a new IT distributor

June 23, 2016 – APC by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the Remington Group as a new distributor in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The partnership agreement allows the Remington Group to distribute the full range of APC by Schneider Electric hardware and software products, including UPS products for retail, commercial, industrial and mining customers.

“With multiple outlets  across Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the Remington Group is well placed to support APC by Schneider Electric’s distribution within these countries,” Joe Craparotta, Vice President, IT Business, Schneider Electric, Pacific said. “We are expecting to see significant growth in the PNG mining sector over the next 18 months, and with access into the remote regions of PNG, we are confident that our partnership with the Remington Group will place us in a solid position to service this demand.”

“The Remington Group is extremely committed to the APC by Schneider Electric portfolio. They are able to support, enable and service our partners and their customers with a team of highly skilled and qualified resources. These resources will be on-the-ground and have access to significant local inventory across multiple hubs within the region. This new distribution agreement with the Remington Group is reflective of the growing opportunity in the PNG market, and the addition of the Remington Group complements our existing IT distributor network.”

Scott Horniblow, Chief Information Officer at the Remington Group added; “Given our size and geographical coverage within PNG and Honiara, we can aid Schneider Electric’s customers with easy access to a wide range of products which we will have in stock, in country. This removes complexities associated with shipping and transit times and allows customers to purchase products using the local currency,” he said.

“We are looking forward to developing closer working relationships with Schneider Electric’s valued, established resellers in PNG, and we aim to work very closely with the banking institutions and ISP markets to facilitate data centre expansion and maintenance.”

For further information, please contact Schneider Electric on 1800 652 725 or visit www.apc.com/au

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their energy.
About the Remington Group
The Remington Group is PNG’s best known technology and service led organisation. Servicing PNG since 1948, the group services the whole country, providing solutions to PNG businesses, governments and AID organisations. Our diversity across industries provides our clients with unparalleled business solutions and flexibility. The Remington Group represents some of the largest global names like Konica Minolta, Fuji Xerox and Brother, in addition to many others.

June 22, 2016

More housing project for Port Moresby

More housing project for Port Moresby

A new major housing project is set to take place in Port Moresby following a ground breaking ceremony today.
The Touaguba Hill Paradise project is the work of NPL Development Ltd and the site will comprise of three building apartments with 9 levels to cater for the increase demand for housing and accommodation in the city.
“The project with a construction area of 23, 373.70 square meters will cost K90million and target to handover to its clients by June 2018,” said the developer’s Managing Director Mr. Dato’ Jimmy Poh.
“The development of Touaguba Hill Paradise is a collaboration of international team of designers and real estate firm to deliver a very well thought out living space with style and flair,” he added.
The Touaguba Hill Paradise will be a fully furnished apartment with classy and distinctive interiors and an array of facilities that will bring a modern style of living for tenants.
Meanwhile, NCD Governor Powes Parkop when opening the project appreciated it saying that it gives an impression that the economic situation in the country is alright showing foreign investors still eager to invest in PNG.
However, he said the most important thing he appreciates about this new project is the job it will create and provide for the many local skilled workers in the city. PNGFM
Survey reveals gap in SME Insurance in the Pacific

Survey reveals gap in SME Insurance in the Pacific

Suva, Fiji – Insurers in the Pacific are focusing on increasing penetration of insurance coverage for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), research conducted by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) last month has revealed.

The PFIP survey was focused on getting insights into insurers’ views and plans for SME insurance and on inclusive insurance (insurance products that are designed to be appropriate, affordable and accessible to low income individuals, communities or businesses). The results of the survey were shared at the 2nd Annual Forum of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) and the Pacific Islands Regional Initiative (PIRI) held earlier this month in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The definition of ‘SME’ or ‘Micro SME’ varies by region, country and the sector of the economy involved. However the vital contribution that these types of businesses make to countries in the Pacific in terms of economies and livelihoods is clearly recognised. In Papua New Guinea for example, SMEs account for at least 200,000 jobs and an estimated 10% of GDP[1] although these figures are likely to be much higher if the informal sector is taken into account.

Various studies have shown that SMEs generally have a high failure rate. Some of the causes of failures include unexpected events such as illness, injury or death of key personnel, or loss or damage to businesses from natural disasters for example.

Insurance for SMEs can provide business owners with protection and an important safety net for when such unexpected events happen, helping business owners to continue operations, giving greater financial stability, and providing job security for employees.

The products that insurers now provide to SMEs are conventional insurance products – providing cover for property and other assets owned and for liability exposures that a business owner may face. Such conventional products often do not meet the needs of smaller scale SMEs for whom the issue of affordability is key. This shows a gap in the market for inclusive insurance products, which have narrower cover, lower limits and reduced costs.

Based on responses from twelve leading insurance providers in the region, the findings show that insurers plan to use a combination of new product launches, strengthened distribution channels and increases sales and marketing activity over the next twelve months as the main strategies for deepening their penetration of the SME sector with conventional products. Two thirds of the respondents view the SME sector as an essential part of their portfolios and have plans to target this sector next year.

The survey suggests that insurers face a number of barriers which must be overcome to increase their coverage of SMEs. Insurers feel that demand for insurance is constrained due to a lack of awareness and understanding by potential insurance buyers, also questions of insurance affordability exist. The poor quality of some SME businesses from an insurance viewpoint also means that insurers are not prepared to provide cover.

PFIP’s Inclusive Insurance Specialist Michael Carr who presented the findings at the PIRI meeting stated, “Although we’ll see more efforts in the conventional insurance area, there is little interest from insurers in supplying inclusive insurance for SMEs.  Finding ways to design cost effective propositions and delivery mechanisms that will allow insurers to serve the lower income segments in the SMEs and Micro SMEs space, achieve the necessary scale, and operate commercially sustainable business models remains elusive. Insurers generally do not see inclusive insurance as a priority.”

He added, “the research findings mean that adopting a more customer-focused design approach to insurance product development may help in bridging the gap that exists between insurance offerings and customer requirements. We should also be mindful of the part that government policies, regulations and incentives can play in helping to shape the future direction of market innovation and development”.

June 21, 2016

Hela Administrator and CS Commissioner sworn in

Hela Administrator and CS Commissioner sworn in

New Administrator for Hela Province Mr. William Bando was sworn in today by Governor General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio at the Government House along with Correctional Service Commissioner Michael Waipo.

The two were encouraged and challenged to deliver what is required of them as leaders.
Upon his appointment, Administrator Bando said he will be refocusing his priorities on the challenges faced in the province following the recent passing of Hela Governor Anderson Agiru.

Bando was thankful to the O’Neill Government for the appointment and assured the people of Hela that he will be working with all the provincial leaders for a better Hela Province.
CS Commissioner Michael Waipo also acknowledged his the government for his official appointment as the Correctional Service Commissioner saying the Correctional Service had a lot of outstanding projects and CS will be looking at implementing them within the 10 months period before the 2017 General Elections.

He said he will continue to deliver services to all CS facilities all around the country along with the establishment of the CS facility in Hela which is a priority now following the appointment of the new Provincial Administrator.
“This is to improve and maintain the Law Chain in Hela Province as well as other Provinces,” he said.
Tari Pori MP and Finance Minister James Marape also encouraged Mr Bando and Waipo to deliver services in both their respective roles as Commissioner and Provincial Administrator.
Mr Marape called on Mr Bando to value and assemble all public servants in Hela and the Hela Provincial Assembly prior to the his Official Announcement as PA in Hela next week.
Mr. Marape also revealed that the closing of the Hauskrai program for Late Governor Anderson Agiru will be announced when the Hela Provincial Assembly resumes next week.
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PNG Special Parliamentary Committee releases finds on three reports

PNG Special Parliamentary Committee releases finds on three reports

The Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Sector Reform and Service Delivery and Member for Goroka Bire Kimisopa has departed from protocol by releasing three reports following numerous attempts by the Special Parliamentary Committee to have the reports tabled in Parliament.

Flanked by Deputy Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee Governor for Oro Gary Juffa, the 3 reports revealed findings on the late delivery of teacher leave fares in 2013, an interim report on Health sector Management and a final report on Health sector Management.

With the current issue on the rise of Multi Drug Resistant TB (MDRTB) in PNG, a report into Mabudawan Health Centre in Daru showed findings of no BCG Vaccine to protect children from TB, no funds for rural visits to administer BCG Vaccine, No effective protection for medial staff treating MDRTB and no follow up of TB patients leading to rise of MDRTB. To add to this the funds are yet to be provided for the Stage 1 program as per the NEC decision on the K1.8 million for TB.
As rural health centres face its challenges the Cancer treatment facility with its lack of cobalt to treat cancer patients in Lae persists adding to lives that can be saved lost, this and other issues in the Health Sector drove the Parliamentary Committee to set about preparing an interim report on Health Sector Management highlighting an excess of managerial problems that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“The report on Health Care Sector in the country shows that there is apathy in the way things are done with a lack of concern which shows that the countries health system is in disarray as there are issues with the health services in rural areas, these reports have been listed on the Parliament Notice Paper several times but each time Parliament either goes into recess or the reports are removed from the paper, The Special Parliamentary Committee is a creature of Parliament mandated by the Parliament and designed to keep it in check and we speak for the 7 million people of the country as their voice in Parliament and these reports are in no way done to discredit the Government but rather to assist in helping and being the solution to where change and improvement can be brought about to improve Government services ”, said Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee Bire Kimisopa. PNGFM

June 20, 2016

PNG Soldiers prepare for mission abroad

PNG Soldiers prepare for mission abroad

A total of seven hundred soldiers are receiving training on international humanitarian law to prepare them for peacekeeping missions abroad.
Battalion second-in-command Major Posoi Benjamin told The National that the training at Taurama Barracks would ensure the soldiers were prepared to take up peacekeeping duties.

“Most of us think we can do anything when we are in our uniform. So this training will also change the mindset of the soldiers and enhance their knowledge on how to approach civilians,” Benjamin said.

He said  the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was conducting the training.
ICRC communication cooperation delegate Dan Waites said there was a possibility that some of the soldiers would be deployed in peacekeeping missions in the future so they needed to have a good understanding of international humanitarian law.
ICRC head of mission Mark Kessler said they were happy to assist the PNGDF with the training.
“It’s a positive sign of their commitment to professionalism that they invite us to conduct this briefing each year,” he said.

Kessler said the training covered topics such as persons protected in conflicts, the role of ICRC and principles applying to lawful conduct of hostilities.
Taurama Barracks commanding officer Lt-Col Edison Napyo said the briefing was important for the soldiers to learn more about international humanitarian law.
“Our soldiers need to be on par with soldiers from other countries with regards to this type of knowledge,” he said. The National / ONE PNG
PNG, ADB’s largest borrower in Pacific

PNG, ADB’s largest borrower in Pacific

The Asian Development Bank’s assistance to Papua New Guinea has grown from $1.27 billion in 2009 to $2.13 billion in 2015.

And the assistance with an aim to deepen its infrastructure development partnership with Papua New Guinea now has a strong focus on transport upgrades to link isolated areas to larger centres.

Its aim is also to open up new economic opportunities, and reduce poverty which is now widely circulated in the ADB performance review report that is now in circulation.

Some of the projects included Papua New Guinea’s six bridges built in Central Province under an K82.9 million funding from ADB which will be ready to be handed to the people and the Government in October.

They include Hiritano and Magi Highway in Central Province which include the 160-metre Angabanga Bridge, two 80-metre bridges for Laloki and Brown River and three 25-metre Dogona, Kokebagu and Sivitatana bridges.

The bridges in Central Province are part of the K330 million Rural Bridge Program that ADB was funding in Papua New Guinea built by the China Harbour Engineering Company.

This also covered the bridge program in West New Britain, Ramu in Madang and East Sepik Provinces.

Other projects are spread right throughout PNG and are projected in transport upgrades, including roads, bridges, airports and ports and another major initiative is the Civil Aviation Development Investment Program, which is improving 21 national airports throughout PNG to provide safer, more secure air transport services.

According to the review report, Papua New Guinea is ADB’s largest borrower in the Pacific region, with an active portfolio that includes 19 loan and grant projects, eight technical assistance projects, and two private sector loan and equity operations.

The report notes that ADB is deepening its partnership for infrastructure development through closer engagement with provincial governments in implementing projects.

Provincial governments are important stakeholders and can be critical drivers of change.

ADB’s operations are concentrated in the rural areas of the Highlands – the region with the highest incidence of poverty.

Among key activities are transport upgrades, including roads, bridges, airports and ports.

One major initiative is the Civil Aviation Development Investment Program, which is improving 21 national airports to provide safer, more secure and all-weather air transport services.

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NRL & Digicel partnership to empower Pacific regions

NRL & Digicel partnership to empower Pacific regions

Rugby League in the country has just gotten even bigger with a three year partnership between the NRL and communications provider Digicel that will
aim to support rugby league among youngsters, the grassroots, women and fans throughout the country and the Pacific.

“Over 200, 000 students , 1,000 students across 100 schools throughout PNG, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will benefit the program including rugby league players from the grass roots level and women in order to implement tailor educational resources to health and awareness program through the sport of rugby league, and we (NRL) are proud to be partnering up with PNG and the National Government to carry out this program”, said NRL Chief Commercial Officer and CEO for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Michael Brown.

In the presence of Sports and National Events and Minister Justin Tketchenko and Digicel CEO Maurice McCarthy and students from the St John’s Primary School of Tokarara the partnership is set to ensure that fans and grass roots connect through rugby league with Mark Mom NRL country Manager Mark Mom set to carry out the task of implementing the program throughout the country. PNGFM
Bowen to be guest of honour at trukai fun run

Bowen to be guest of honour at trukai fun run

Only 46 days to go till the Rio Olympics and you can do your part to help send our PNG athletes to Rio by buying a Fun Run T-shirt, and taking part in the annual Trukai Fun run which is set to be staged this Sunday the 26th of June 2016.

According to Trukai Industries Corporate Communication Executive Nancy Gah preparations are on par and Trukai is working closely with the PNG Olympic Committee and all stake holders, with Former North Queensland Cowboy and Maroons Legend Matt Bowen to be the special guest of honour this year.
A total of 15 centres are set to participate this year with Buin and Kimbe the new inclusions.
Meanwhile all 13 centres will host the fun run on the 26th of July while Buin and Arawa will stage their fun run on the 3rd of July 2016.
No arrests on Hanuabada shooting suspects

No arrests on Hanuabada shooting suspects

It is exactly one year and 5 months since the Hanuabada Shootings and still no Justice for families of those that lost loved ones in shootings between NCD Buai Ban reservist’s police and the Villagers from the coastal village of Hanuabada.
This was confirmed this morning by Assistant Police Commissoner for Crimes Victor Isouve who said the case remains stagnant and the suspect a police constable identified as discharging the weapon remains on the run and wanted by police he has appealed to anyone with information to assist the police in capturing the suspect. Meanwhile the search continues. PNGFM

June 18, 2016

Central Waigani to beat Downtown Port Moresby

Central Waigani to beat Downtown Port Moresby

Skyline at Central Waigani, Port Moresby
The Central Waigani is located 15 km away from Downtown Port Moresby. Central Waigani is the home of PNG Government.  Most of the government buildings including the Parliament House are located at central Waigani. Also most foreign missions including the Chinese Embassy, British High Commission,  Australian and New Zealand High Commissions and so on are located at Central Waigani. 

In the next decade, Central Waigani will soon beat Downtown Port Moresby. This is because Business houses are interested in doing business at the Central Waigani area and now setting up offices there. For instance, the tall skyscraper  as shown in the  photo above is currently being built by HR. Many more such  skyscrapers are being built in the area. This include the 18-storey skyscraper Hilton Hotel which is under construction along Wards Road Hohola that will also  form the skyline of Central Waigani.  Other buildings on the line include, 15-story Education Centre that will house the Education Department. 

Hilton Hotels under construction

Meanwhile, development in Downtown area is slowing down  as there are limited spaces available  for further construction of buildings. However, Paga Hill Development is constructing state-of-the-heart buildings that will further transform downtown Port Moresby into modern city.

Artistic expression of Pagahill development

Harbors City

Because of space limitations at downtown area, many construction work are done at  Harbours City 

Downtown Port Moresby

June 17, 2016

Student gang groups cause school fights in PNG

Student gang groups cause school fights in PNG

The school fights among students at the Bugandi Secondary School in Morobe province has been an ongoing issue for many years and up until today teachers and the Morobe Education Board cannot figure out what is the root cause of this ongoing fights.
School Principal Mr Tony Gau said, the school administration is not even sure if these fights are in relation to cult activities or ethnic differences as most of the fights take place outside of the school ground.
However, according to some of the students that Mr Gau interviewed, they’ve pointed out that these fights have come about a result of street gangs or gang groups who are protective of their turf or particular area where they are residing.
“From the information I’ve gathered, they are protecting certain areas like for instance; a student residing at Eriku cannot go to main market and if he does go there, it’s more like he’s going to a no-go zone area where a fight is most likely to take place after that” said Mr Gau.
Mr Gau said the administration has exhausted all avenues to address this ongoing issue and they have now involved the police to assist them.
“The assistance given by the police helps in a bigger way in which some of the students caught by police are taken into juvenile custody where they do their time by doing community work around the city”
The school just had a Parents & Citizens meeting on Wednesday in which a lot of parents turned up for the meeting and expressed their frustration anger on the whole issue and some even suggested ideas on how to go about in addressing the ongoi ng fights.
“We have asked for every parent to come to school and have a one on one conversation with their child’s class patron and find out about their behaviour in the school and outside of school so they help their children to keep away from fights or activities that can jeopardise their education” said Mr Gau.
Meanwhile, Mr Gau said 80% of his students are good students who are only interested to learn but it’s just a few minority that are involved in fights and other activities. PNGFM / ONE PNG
PNG outclass Malaysia in friendly

PNG outclass Malaysia in friendly

The Papua New Guinea Kapuls have proven to be the better side and still the best team in the Pacific after beating the Malaysian National Football team 2-0 in the International Friendly match this afternoon at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
Despite going into the field without the key services of golden striker Raymond Gunemba, midfielder and skipper David Muta and stopper Alwin Komolong, the Koriak Upaiga captained side managed to secure 2 goals in the first half through the boots of PNG’s lethal weapon Tommy Semmy to seal the win at full time.

Both teams had equal opportunities in the second half of play but most attempts were far and wide forcing the Malaysian team to remain scoreless till the full time whistle.
An attempt by Malaysia almost found the nets but met the cross-bars and was deflected. The Kapuls ball control was better and well coordinated even with a couple of bench players been utilized during the friendly.

After their loss to PNG, the Malaysian National Team will play New Caledonia and Fiji later this month. PNGFM / ONEPNG

June 16, 2016

Women in leadership and emerging leaders's luncheon

Women in leadership and emerging leaders's luncheon

Air Niugini held a Women in leadership and emerging leaders’ luncheon at Gateway hotel in Port Moresby last week, attended by one of PNG’s pioneer female engineers, Emma Waiwai , Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer , Simon Foo and 40 female staff.
The event was the first to be organized by Air Niugini as an initiative of the current CEO to motivate and empower women in the workforce.
Mrs. Waiwai who worked for 26 years in the aviation industry was the guest speaker at the event, encouraging women to strive for excellence by motivating, inspiring and empowering each other.
She said “ Be decisive, determine who are the influencers are and work with them. Empower those in your team to make decisions to impact and influence your spheres of influence.”

She also spoke on gender equity at workplace, sharing her own experience as a woman who once worked in a male dominated field, the challenges faced and how she overcome them.
Mr Waiwai holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the PNG University of Technology. She worked with PNG Civil Aviation Authority as Civil Engineer and later manager at Jacksons international airport. After working in the aviation industry for 26 years, she moved on to entrepreneurship where she started her own communication and networking company, All Shelters Limited.
However, Mrs Waiwai said the highlight of her career has been her appointment to chair the 2015 Pacific Games Organizing committee.

“ My highlight was as chairperson of the 2015 Pacific Games Committee. I was awarded the Logohu award in recognition of my contribution to sports during the Pacific Games.” She said.
Mr Foo acknowledged Mrs Waiwai for sharing her experience on women roles and gender equality in the workplace. He said Air Niugini values the contribution of its female employees, which is reflected in the various roles women play within the organization.
“ An airline industry is a highly technical industry and we make sure all our staff are trained to the required standard. All Air Niugini overseas offices and three domestic ports are administered by female managers, something we can all be proud of.” Mr Foo concluded.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill meets with French President in Paris

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill meets with French President in Paris

The first ever formal bilateral meeting between Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the President of the French Republic H.E., François Hollande took place today in Paris.

PM O’Neill said the meeting with H.E Hollande was significant as Papua New Guinea and France increase economic and cultural ties through the new Papua LNG project.

“The distance between two countries is increasingly irrelevant in the world of modern communications and transportation, and we are seeing our relationship with France go from strength to strength,” the Prime Minister said after the meeting.

“While we have enjoyed 40 years of diplomatic relations it is only now that trade and cultural relations are increasing, and they are increasing rapidly with more French nationals moving to Papua New Guinea to live and work.

“President Hollande expressed his satisfaction with the increasing strength of our relationship that we both agree will only improve as our work together evolves.

“France has always had an affinity for the Pacific and through French Polynesia and New Caledonia that relationship has been continued.

“Now with our strengthening relationship direct with France I hope we will see an increase in business and tourism.

“France is increasingly our trade gateway to Europe and we would like to see Papua New Guinea become a significant hub for France in the Pacific.

“Our agricultural produce and fisheries have a ready market in France.

“We continue to implement measures as part of our Economic Partnership Agreement.  “Already we export canned tuna duty free to France, and we are seeking to expand to other areas including agriculture, forestry, and minerals.

“At the same time French equipment is in increasing demand in the Pacific such as ATR aircraft, vehicles, and also mining and industrial equipment.

“Papua New Guinea has made an undertaking to welcome French professionals and instructors with welcome arms as part of the TOTAL SA-led Papua LNG Project.

“The Papua LNG Project is going to generate 10,000 jobs in Port Moresby and 3,000 new jobs in Gulf Province, and hundreds of French workers will come and live with us.

“I thank President Hollande for his support to Papua New Guinea and I look forward to him visiting our country in the near future.” Press release
Strong high-level support for first Pacific NCD Summit in Tonga

Strong high-level support for first Pacific NCD Summit in Tonga

Testament to the urgency and strong commitment to effectively tackle the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis in the Pacific region, over 120 high-level delegates representing Pacific Island countries and international development partners will gather

The Summit from 20-22 June will be opened by the King of Tonga, King Tupou VI, and will include an address by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on prioritising NCDs within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Also participating in the Summit will be the President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau; Tonga’s Prime Minister, Akilisi Pohiva; ministers of health from some 14 Pacific countries; World Diabetes Foundation Managing Director, Dr Anders Dejgaard, and high-level participants from the governments of Australia, New Zealand and the USA, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, WHO and the World Bank.

“It will be a privilege to be at the Pacific NCD Summit, a unique and needed event held at the epicentre of the global diabetes epidemic,” Dr Dejgaard said.

“I look forward to learning what experts and policy makers from throughout the region have to say about the NCD crisis and how to combat it. The problems you face today will reach the rest of the world in the very near future,” the WDF Managing Director said.

The three-day summit agenda will include discussions on national sustainable development priorities and government commitments, with one day devoted to diabetes, as well as covering youth and NCDs, the Pacific NCD Roadmap, the Healthy Islands Vision Monitoring Framework and the role of the media in addressing this crisis.

“Despite all our current efforts and declarations, non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes are still the leading cause of death in the Pacific accounting for up to 75 per cent of deaths,” the Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, said.

“We need the added muscle of all sectors of society working together, including funding support and commitment from governments and development partners,” Dr Tukuitonga said.

With the theme Translating Global and Regional Commitments into Local Action, the Pacific NCD Summit will be hosted at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa.

It is being jointly organised by the Government of Tonga and the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the Australian Government, New Zealand Aid Programme, Government of the United States, World Bank, World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP