Justin Tkatchenko

APEC assets ‘in order’

They are just waiting to be distributed through, he stressed, the proper process.

It is still unclear whether the much-talked about APEC luxury sports cars were procured using proper process.

However, both the APEC Minister and Prime Minister maintain that these vehicles – the 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys – will be sold in a transparent manner.

Tkatchenko criticises Barker’s ‘ongoing negativity’

The Minister made the comments after the INA director talked down the independent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers that Papua New Guinea can expect around K9 billion in investment after hosting APEC.

“Mr Barker claims to know more than the internationally respected accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and its analysis of investment coming after Papua New Guinea hosted APEC,” said Tkatchenko.

APEC VIP vehicles no longer with Authority: Minister

APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko said they are now being handed over to the Central Supply and Tenders Board and the Finance Department.

“They will then tender them out to those who are interested in those vehicles,” stated the Minister.

“And I believe that most of the vehicles have already been booked and are now ready for transfer to their new owners.

“We no longer have anything to do with the VIP vehicles.”

Lands Minister intent on changing perceptions

Minister Justin Tkatchenko made this known during the swearing-in of the Central Province Land Board on December 11th.

Tkatchenko did not defend the Lands Department, instead saying that the label of most corrupt department was not far from the truth.

However, as the new minister, he aims to change that by putting the right people in place as well as the right processes and reforms to change the department once and for all.

Tkatchenko further highlighted a challenge within the Lands Department, and that is the issue of Incorporated Land Groups, or ILGs.

APEC venues will be utilised: Minister

The National Museum and Arts Gallery, which was refurbished by the Australian government, will be used for revolving exhibition and other tourism-related activities.

The summit left Port Moresby iconic facilities, including the APEC Haus, which can hold up to 1,000 people.

Minister responsible said all venues will be utilised for department meetings and other events to assist cut down cost of hosting events in hotels.

“One thing that is important is that it must be utilised for everybody’s benefit and not become a big white elephant,” Minister Tkatchenko said.

APEC Minister clarifies misconceptions

Minister Tkatchenko said although there will be restrictions, the city will not be on lockdown.

He said residents can move about freely as long as they adhere to the regulations and refrain from causing disruptions.

Minister Tkatchenko confirmed that as of October 30th, the National Executive Council has approved Friday, November 16th, as a nationwide public holiday.

Tkachenko condemns Aust politician’s statement

Pauline Lee Hanson, an Australian politician and founder and leader of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, in a video widely circulating on social media platforms, called for the withdrawal of Australian aid to PNG.

Hanson, whilst expressing her anger at the PNG Government's recent purchase of forty Maserati for APEC next month, described the current Government’s deals as ‘corrupt’.

Special Purposes Lease for UN

Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Lands & Physical Planning, presented the lease to Gianluca Rampolla, United Nations Resident Coordinator, in a recent ceremony held at the office of Lands Department.

The issuance of the lease is a milestone for the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Papua New Guinea.

K6bn in land claims: Lands Minister

However, Minister for Lands & Physical Planning, Justin Tkatchenko, believes 80 percent of them are fake.

He revealed this in parliament on September 6th when asked by Komo-Margarima MP, Manasseh Makiba.

Makiba said he is facing difficulty in expanding programs in his district due to issues regarding land acquisition and compensation.

He said landowners were claiming exorbitant compensation amounts.

A result of these claims has resulted in the shutting down of the Komo International Airport.

K56.3m spent on APEC

This is from a drawdown of approximately K74.5 million.

Minister for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, revealed this during his address to Parliament last Wednesday on APEC preparations.

Tkatchenko said of the remaining K18.2 million remaining from the K74.5 million drawdown, K5.5 million has already been committed awaiting payment.

He said the country was now in the business end of the APEC year and this would require a budget of over K120 million.