The Flag raising on the 16th of September, Papua New Guinea’s independence day, brought to the fore the optimism that the Marape-Steven Government holds for Papua New Guinea. Our week in review looks at where to next, as the government looks to tackle the many issues that so far, have proven a hindrance to PNGs growth and development.Read more
Over seventy police officers are being engaged in a twenty-one day operation in Wau, Morobe Province, following a clash overRead more
The National Government has now granted approval for Papua LNG project to proceed with the implementation of the Project GasRead more
The operations of national broadcaster NBC has been put under the spotlight once again, this time during this morning’s questionRead more
Member for Kavieng, Ian Ling-Stuckey, was sworn in this morning as the new Minister for Treasury. This was witnessed byRead more
by Adelaide Sirox Kari Prime Minister James Marape is adamant on improving the current close relationship and furthering it toRead more
7 employment contracts in total were signed by Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae together with the Acting Secretary for Personnel Management Department and respective contract recipients.Read more
Yesterday Minister for Education, Nick Kuman responded to demands made by the Papua New Guinea Teachers Association on the three percent pay rise. The Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement gives a three percent increase annually for 2017, 2018 and 2019. This equates to a total of nine percent that should have been adjusted to the teachers’ salaries over the last three years, however the government did not budget for it in 2017 and 2018.Read more
The Papua New Guinea Teachers Association wants the government to pay the three percent pay rise promised to them according to the Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement that was signed between the Council of Public Sectors Union and the government in 2016.The association demanded a response from the government this Friday, or term two classes for primary and secondary schools will be disrupted.Read more
Until the day he resigned, James Marape was one of the top man in the Prime Minister’s inner circle. As Finance Minister, he was a major player in the formulation of six national budgets and oversaw various finance related policies by the O’Neill-Abel Government.Read more
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.Read more
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill officiated the ground breaking ceremony of the Wapenamanda Airport extension project. It is a K43 Million counter funding project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the National Government under the Civil Aviation Development Investment Program (CADIP).The Wapenamanda airport extension project will not be big as projected due to funding constraints. However, the current runway will be extended and more coal tar will be pasted on the runway to have enough strength to carry weights from big planes. The airport’s tarmac will be extended for two or more planes to park.Read more
A new sewerage treatment facility that will serve the ever growing nation’s capital was opened at Joyce Bay last week. The facility was upgraded at a total cost of K410 million and co-funded by the governments of PNG and Japan.Read more
National Planning Minister Richard Maru has called for certainty in the financing arrangements under the ACP-EU Post Cotonou Agreement that is being negotiated. Minister Maru who is attending the 4th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Central Negotiation Group in Chad, Central Africa, submitted a paper on behalf of the Pacific region.Read more
The Minister for National Planning & Monitoring Hon. Richard Maru has called for certainty in the financing arrangements under the ACP-EU Post Cotonou Agreement that is being negotiated.
Minister Maru who is attending the 4th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Central Negotiation Group (CNG-M) in N’Djamena, Chad, Central Africa, submitted on behalf of the Pacific region that the Post Cotonou ACP-EU development cooperation arrangements must have a financing plan as an integral part of the core Agreement in order to ensure certainty in the planning and access to funding.