Papua New Guinea

October 2014

China lifts freeze to allow flagship PNG port project

Sam Vulum

Work on the flagship project of Papua New Guinea’s fisheries industry, the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) in Madang will start after the China Export and Import (Exim) Bank agreed to lift its freeze on the US$74 million loan for the project. The project, among its other objectives, aims to ...

‘I was a millionaire before politics’: Namah

Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Opposition leader Belden Namah says he is a self-made millionaire involved in logging and palm oil in West Sepik long before he became a politician.

PM O’Neill vs Namah

Tue 30 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Monday the Ombudsman Commission (OC) has failed in its duty to investigate claims by Opposition Leader Belden Namah that he had spent K50 million (US$20 million) on Members of Parliament in the 2012 national election.

Miner’s seabed study ‘flawed’

Mon 29 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- The environmental impact statement (EIS) released by seabed miner Nautilus Minerals has errors and does not consider contaminants carried directly to land by water, a scientist claims.

Bougainville President Momis attacks report on Panguna mine

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

BUKA, PNG --- Bougainville President John Momis has attacked a report on the decommissioned Panguna mine, describing it "misleading and irresponsible".

New Tuna Processing facility in PNG will generate K165m

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- HAILISHENG Group (PNG) Company Limited and the Papua New Guinea Government have signed a tuna project agreement where a processing facility will be built at Malahang in Lae, Morobe Province.

PNG’s Sovereign Wealth Fund: still too many loose ends

Mark Evans of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy
Tue 23 Sep 2014 -

If it’s going to proceed with it, the government would do well to announce specific plans for the Sovereign Wealth Fund before the year is out.

Digicel receives approval

Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Digicel has received the required approvals from Government and regulatory authorities with regard to its purchase of a submarine fibre network across the Caribbean region. The transaction is complete.

ANZ economist urges country to prepare for two risks

Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- There are two key principal risks in the global economic outlook in the next two years that Pacific countries – including Papua New Guinea – has to be aware of, ANZ Asia-Pacific chief economist Glenn Maguire said.

Talks on PNG Power will involve all parties: PM O’Neill

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says he has given assurance that any changes that will be made to the ownership of PNG Power Limited will be discussed with all stakeholders.

Namah takes on PNG law on asylum

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Opposition Leader and Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah’s legal challenge on the constitutionality of the detention of the asylum seekers on Manus Island, will begin with a directions hearing on 07 October .

PNG Forest authority to become self-reliant

Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Papua New Guinea Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa intends to the make the PNG Forest Authority self-reliant.

PNG to sell 49pc of Air Niugini

Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----The Papua New Guinea government is to place 49 per cent of the national carrier Air Niugini up for sale as a blueprint for widespread part-privatisations.

EU aids PNG coca industry with K15m

Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----The European Union (EU) has come to the aid of Papua New Guinea cocoa industry with a funding of €5 million (K15 million) under a project with the World Bank.

PNG Deputy PM calls for stability

Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----Papua New Guinea’s Deputy Prime Minister has emphasised the need for government stability to move the country forward.

September 2014

Leadership choice crucial to Fiji poll result

Dennis Rounds

Fiji’s September 17 General Election will be decided primarily on the quality of political leadership on offer rather than on political platforms and manifestos. Media-driven interviews and general political coverage of the election campaigns has focused largely on the leadership qualities of party stewards and only sparsely on the actual ...

Thirty nine years of independent Papua New Guinea

Rowan Callick

Thirty nine years this month a proud independent nation, Papua New Guinea is starting at last to box its weight as a real regional force as well. At last month’s Pacific Islands Forum summit in Palau, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill highlighted that his country had committed almost 300 million kina ...

Bank report identifies political interference in state companies

Samisoni Pareti In Apia, Samoa.
Sat 30 Aug 2014 -

The Asian Development Bank today released a damming report on the poor performance of state owned enterprises in a number of Pacific Island economies, singling out political interference as a major contributing factor.

PNG PM queried over Air Niugini catering using Fijian Made Water

Fri 29 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----Papua New Guinea Prime Minister O’Neill was taken to task to explain why Papua New Guinea’s flag carrier Air Niugini was still serving Fijian made water and Australian made biscuits in all its international flights.

PNG Minister warns NBC to take stock

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----A papua New Guinea Cabinet Minister has directed the National Broadcasting Corporation board and management to produce results by next month or face the consequences.

PNG National Capital District Governor reaches out to HIV vulnerable

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----Papua New Guinea National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop says the “HIV most-at-risk” population must be attended to effectively.

National Broadcasting Corporation aims higher: Chairman

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)is aiming to be the first communication establishment in country and the Pacific to own and regulate a domestic satellite system.

Next 10 years crucial for PNG: PM O'Neill

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the next five to 10 years is a very crucial period for setting the agenda for the country.

PNG PM defends govt service delivery

Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill Thursday defended his Government’s track record in delivering services into the districts, saying funds were finally getting into rural communities after 40 years.

Calls for PNG to implement gun control recommendations

Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, --- The author of a report on gun violence in Papua New Guinea says none of his recommendations have been acted on, nine years after he handed his findings to then prime minister, Sir Michael Somare.