Parliamentary Bipartisan Committee on Bougainville Matters Conduct Community Hearing

The Parliamentary Bipartisan Committee on Bougainville Matters today conducted a public hearing in Port Moresby following similar hearings in Rabaul, Lae and Goroka. Among the agenda, updates on the progress by the Bougainville Referendum Commission – the body tasked to facilitate and deliver the referendum exercise in the Island Region later this year.

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Numbers Game Begin as Government and Opposition Consolidate Numbers Prior to Vote Of No Confidence

The Ministerial resignations in the last three weeks have turned the attention of many Papua New Guineans back to national politics.
The actions by former Finance Minister, James Marape, former Attorney General, Davis Steven, and most recently the resignation of a handful of Highlands Governors from the ruling People National Congress. All these decisions on the eve of the next parliament sitting, which begins next week.

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Writs Issued For Local Level Government Elections

The Writs for 6,375 Local Level Government Elections were issued this morning, to begin the formal election process for ward councillors throughout the country. The elections, delayed by a year, seemed to be on track, with Inter-Government Relations Minister Kevin Isifu signing the final writs to allow for the commencement of the LLG Election process at 10am this morning. 

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Prime Minister offers condolences to Sri Lanka following Easter Sunday Terror Attacks

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, has offered the condolences of the Nation to the people and Government of Sri Lanka following a series of devastating terrorist attacks against Christians. The Prime Minister said “It is with sadness that PNG had received news of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka this Easter Weekend.”He adds that at a time when Christians were in prayer on one of the most Holy days of the year, this is a most callous act of violence against the innocent, many people have been killed and injured while in prayer and honouring their faith and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Pruaitch: PM should stop attempts to derail programs sponsored by PNGSDP

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch has called on the Prime Minister to stop further attempts to derail programs by PNG Sustainable Development Program in Western Province. In a statement, the Opposition Leader has supported calls from Western Province MP’s who have acknowledged the recent High Court decision in Singapore that prevents the entity from political influence.

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PNG Cocoa Board Hosts First Fundraiser For 2019

In July this year, cocoa enthusiasts will converge in Lae for the 2019 PNG Cocoa of Excellence Festival. Formal preparations for this event began recently, with the hosting of an official fundraiser in Lae, Morobe Province.In 2017, the inaugural PNG Cocoa of Excellence Show was staged in Kokopo, East New Britain. The event brought together cocoa producers, suppliers, exporters, and manufacturers together to celebrate cocoa, and also grade various cocoa samples from around the country.

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CTSL Announces Net Surplus after tax of K20.87 Million

Comrade Trustees Services Limited today announced their full year results of 2018, with its Chairman Moses Koiri outlining the overall performance of the fund, against a backdrop of challenging economic climate. As expected, 2018 results were down from previous years; however, prudent investment and management by the fund allowed for a positive result yet again.

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Parliamentary Bipartisan Committee on Bougainville Matters Conducts Public Hearing

This week, Heads of the Department of Personnel Management and National Coordinating Office of Bougainville Affairs (NCOBA) appeared before the Parliamentary Bi-Partisan Committee on Bougainville Matters. The hearing, the first following a recent visit to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville by members of this parliamentary committee.

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Nambawan Super Profit: Members Encouraged to Develop Savings Culture

Contributors to Nambawan Super have received a 3.7% interest on their contributions following the announcement of the fund’s 2018 performance. Chairman of Nambawan Super, Anthony Smare, when announcing the super fund’s Full Year Results, said despite the difficult economic climate in PNG, sound investment decisions had returned significant positive results – despite these results being much lower than previous years.

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Council of Public Sector Unions rejects PHA Medicare Plan

The Council of Public Sector Unions, COPSU, has rejected the recently announced Medicare Health Plan by Government – a plan, being promoted by PNG Health Assurance. It is instead calling on Government to involve the Public Employees Association and other unions in discussions to negotiate a better medicare and life insurance cover for public servants throughout Papua New Guinea.

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