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PNG LNG REVENUE COMING IN

Posted by Niugini Nius | October 22, 2014 | Posted in

ROYALTY funds flowing in from the PNG LNG project are being put in a trust account with the Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG), an official says.
Petroleum and Energy Department secretary Rendle Rimua said these funds would be released to landowners once the different clan vetting phases were complet. Bank of PNG Governor Loi Bakani yesterday confirmed that the bank had received monthly royalties from ExxonMobil PNG Ltd which was close to K1 million.
He said: “Royalties that are paid by the LNG project has started in May since the first export, its not a big amount. 
“It’s small amounts every month paid to us, it (royalty) started off with less than a million kina, buts its growing based on the volume and shipments,” Bakani said. 
“The more shipments you make in a month, looking at the shipments in the last two months, it’s going over K1 million now.
“The distribution I’m not sure, probably there is a formula on how the funds will be distributed. 
“So that is the kind of revenue that is coming in from the LNG project, every other taxes, dividends all these types of will be effected next year.
Petroleum and Energy Minister Nixon Duban said the recently revived Independent Issues Committee would look into issues of clan vetting and other issues related to the LNG project.

Somare Shares Grief On Whitlam’s Passing

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The man who granted PNG's indepence passes on. ABC File photo
Founding Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Michael Somare today expressed his sadness of the passing of Australian late Gough Whitlam.

Sir Michael said the late Whitlam was a dynamic leader, who felt that PNG was emerging to be a leader in the pacific.

Sir Michael and Whitlam were the two leaders that stood to witness the fall of the Australian flag and rise of PNG’s red, black and gold colours.

His sudden passing away shocked PNG’s founding father, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, who says the late Whitlam was a great Australian who had the heart of our small nation.

Sir Michael said Whitlam’s political engagements and oversight of PNG has enriched greatly towards and after PNG gaining independence.

He described his special attachment with Whitlam not only in politics but family.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill extended his condolences to the family of the late Edward Gough Whitlam stating late Whitlam will always hold a special place in the history of Papua New Guinea as the Australian Prime Minister who worked with our founding fathers to achieve independence.

Prime Minister O'Neill meets President Widodo

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Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill yesterday paid a courtesy call on the new President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Joko Widodo, at the Presidential Palace Istana in Jakarta.

This meeting was to basically reiterate the people and Government of Papua New Guinea’s congratulations for President Widodo’s inauguration as well as seek reaffirmation of the existing excellent relations between PNG and Indonesia.

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill also took the opportunity to acknowledge the immediate past President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for his role and efforts in enhancing and strengthening PNG-Indonesian relations during his tenure.

During the brief discussions, Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill informed the President of his successful visit to Indonesia in June 2013, whereby both governments concluded 11 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) in the areas of trade and investment, business cooperation, capacity building, visa and immigration, energy and mining sector development, sporting and cultural exchanges.

President Widodo advised of his government’s desire to continue to jointly implement these MoUs including cooperative efforts on addressing autonomy and economic issues at the border issues including security.

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill in response acknowledged that Indonesia was the gateway to the Asian region and it was a major partner for PNG to expand its economic relations with the rest of Asia.

He then sought Indonesia’s assistance for PNG’s desire to become a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and further thanked Indonesia for its continued support for PNG’s intentions to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit in 2018. “Indonesia’s support for PNG in 2018 would be in the area of security and logistics,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.

President Widodo in other matters informed of the card system for access to health and education services, which he had introduced for low-level income earners, while he was Governor of Jakarta.

He also expressed interest in PNG’s natural resources sector and sought information on current Indonesian investments in PNG. “Indonesian investment in PNG is rapidly expanding in trade and investment, mining, retail and agriculture and there is potential for more growth in other vital areas,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said in response.

He also noted the card system concept and sought Indonesian support and information on this matter, given that his government had invested heavily in these two important sectors.

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill further thanked the President for allowing him to be among the first Leaders to meet with him on the occasion of his first day at work in office and reiterated the invitation for him to visit PNG sometime in the near future. Overall, President Widodo remained content and assuring that the bilateral relations would continue from where his predecessor left.

The Prime Minister and his small entourage comprising Minister Rimbink Pato (Foreign Affairs) and Ben Micah (State Enterprises) returned to PNG soon after their meeting with the Indonesian President.

PRIME MINISTER O"NEILL ATTENDS INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Posted by Niugini Nius | October 21, 2014 | Posted in , ,

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday (20/10/14) attended the Presidential Inauguration of the newly-elected President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Joko Widodo, in Jakarta.

He travelled to Jakarta yesterday (Sunday) after briefly meeting with his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbot, to discuss the Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) in Manus and strengthening of the presence of the Australian Federal Police in PNG.

The Australian Prime Minister was travelling en route to Jakarta to attend the same event, when he stopped by to meet with Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill to discuss these issues.

Both leaders were invited to the Inauguration in Jakarta. Also in attendance were Heads of Government from the region and globally.

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill will meet with President Widodo on Tuesday (21.10.14) morning to make his official acquaintance as well as discuss the Plan of Action to implementation of eleven MoU’s on trade and investment relations, business cooperation, border development and administration, development and technical cooperation and air services which were concluded during his official visit to Indonesia in June 2013.

In regional and international issues, Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill will seek reaffirmation of Indonesia's support for PNG's hosting of the APEC Leaders Summit in 2018.

He returns to PNG on Tuesday in time for the October Parliamentary session.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Ministers, Rimbink Pato (Foreign Affairs) and Ben Micah (State Enterprises).

Leaders plan to topple Governor Gary Juffa

Posted by Niugini Nius | October 20, 2014 | Posted in , ,

NORTHERN (Oro) Governor Gary Juffa faces a vote of no-confidence from more than half of the Northern provincial executive council members. They met in Port Moresby yesterday and agreed to topple Mr Juffa.
Eight members comprising Ijivitari MP David Arore, Popondetta mayor Norman Ivahupa and various LLG presidents who make up the PEC expressed frustration that Mr Juffa has been running the provincial administration in a "dictatorship" manner and stalling basic service delivery in the province.
The members each gave their views describing the conduct of Mr Juffa as highly improper and disrespectful to members of the PEC and the Oro people.
Ijivitari MP David Arore expressed reservations about the manner in which Mr Juffa had been treating the people and running the province’s affairs.
"The allegations raised in the social media on the failed state of the Oro provincial administration is indeed true. We the PEC members and I as one of the two Open MPs in Oro Province confirm that the provincial administration is in a sorry state," Mr Arore said.
He said Sohe MP and Minister for Community Development Delilah Gore was also not happy with the ongoing ill management of the provincial administration and has backed the other PEC members to pursue the vote of no-confidence in the provincial assembly to have Mr Juffa removed.
Ms Gore could not be contacted for confirmation.
Popondetta mayor Mr Ivahupa said the PEC members were already fed up with the way the province is being managed and that was why they gathered to host the media conference to express their frustration on the continued suppressing of the people’s right to development.
Other PEC members shared similar sentiments and agreed to have Mr Juffa removed.
Attempts to get comments from Mr Juffa yesterday were unsuccessful.
Mr Juffa has been very vocal about land grabbing in the country, especially his province.
Illegal loggers will not be allowed to operate in PNG at the suffering of the innocent rural people, he had said last month.

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PNG discusses Education and Training Exchange Potential with the Czech Republic

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Opportunities for increased education and academic training opportunities in the Czech Republic for Papua New Guineans will be explored in the coming year.

This potential exchange expansion was discussed between Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, and the Ambassador-designate of the Czech Republic, H.E. Rudolf Hykl, during a courtesy call at this week.

While Papua New Guinea currently has a modest economic relationship with the Czech Republic as a European partner, the Prime Minister said there is very important and targeted academic research engagement between the two countries.

“Academics from the Czech Republic are already working in Papua New Guinea on biodiversity research. “This research is of mutual benefit to both countries.

“Academic institutions from the Czech Republic have a solid reputation in the research of unique habitats and changes in the ecosystems of these areas.

“Papua New Guinea gains from this research as we learn more about ecological systems in our country and ways that we can better protect and maintain these natural habitats.”

Environmental protection is particularly important in Papua New Guinea and is enshrined in the National Constitution that calls for ‘natural resources and environment to be conserved and used for the collective benefit of us all, and be replenished for the benefit of future generations.’

Papua New Guinea rainforest contains over 5% of the world’s biodiversity in less than 1% of the world’s total land area.

The Czech Republic already provides scholarships through which Papua New Guineans are eligible to apply for Scholarships for Developing Countries in Czech’s Republic. The scholarship provides a one year Bachelor of Master’s program in a University in Czech Republic studying a Social Science course.

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said the two countries will continue to look at ways to expand trade and investment potential through Papua New Guinea’s relationship and arrangements with the European Union.

PNG COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING TIES WITH INDONESIA

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Papua New Guinea is committed to strengthening the current level of bilateral relations and aims to work closely with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia in order to address issues of mutual concern.

These were the remarks by Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill, who flew to Jakarta, Indonesia, yesterday (19/10/14), to officially attend and witness the Presidential Inauguration of the newly-elected President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Joko Widodo, which will be held today (20/10/14).

The Inauguration Ceremony will be held at the Parliament House (MPR), where the new President will be officially sworn-in and will give his inaugural speech. “Papua New Guinea highly values its relationship with Indonesia since formalising diplomatic relations soon after PNG gained Independence in 1975.

“Like his predecessor, I look forward to working closely with President Widodo during his tenure in office to further strengthen and enhance our existing relations,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.

He will pay a courtesy call on the President on Tuesday morning to extend the government and people’s sincere and heartfelt congratulations on his inauguration as President before departing Jakarta for Port Moresby.

During this bilateral meeting, both leaders will discuss our current economic situation, trade and investment relations, border development and administration, development and technical cooperation and our regional and international issues.

Apart from the other issues Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill will also discuss Indonesia's support for PNG's hosting of APEC in 2018. “Indonesia remains a great supporter of PNG's intention to host this major regional event in 2018,” the Prime Minister said.

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