PNG is ‘games ready’ to host FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko revealed this today in Parliament when responding to WNB Governor Sasindran Muthuvel on the preparedness of the event.

TKatchenko said the country is ready to host the 16 international teams during the event.

He added that Venezuela and USA will be arriving in the country today and the others will follow soon.

“All the facilities are game ready and will be handed over to the FIFA organizing committee to run the competition at the end of this week.”

APEC to cost K120m

Minister for APEC and National Events Justin TKatchenko told Parliament today that the cost will not be what he mentioned earlier.

“The amount I mentioned this week is not the overall APEC budget but includes cost that are part of the normal government operations.

“Police and military will work on APEC and many of their normal cost are part of the recurrent budget expenditure.

“We will take our border protection to the next level that has been lacking for decades.”

7,000 business executives to attend APEC

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told Parliament this afternoon.

He said the APEC Summit is a unique opportunity for the people of PNG to take advantage of business opportunities.

O’Neill added that three cruise liners will also berth at the shores of Port Moresby during the APEC Summit and will bring revenue into the country’s economy.

The Prime Minister was responding to Opposition leader Don Polye on total cost of hosting the APEC summit in 2018.

Juffa calls on Government to overhaul Public Service machinery

He urged the Government to table the Report produced by his committee at the next sitting of Parliament and seriously consider the recommendations made by the Committee.

Juffa stated that the continued delay towards the long overdue overhaul of public service would only delay any true development of the nation.

He expressed grave frustration at the continued delay in tabling the Committees report and urged the Government to address the issue of restructuring and modernizing an ineffective and inefficient public service machine.

PM O’Neill dispels talk of increase in price of rice

O’Neill said becoming self-sufficient in rice production is a matter of high national importance.

“We have a desire to grow more rice in our country and we need to work hard at this,” he said after the issue was raised in Parliament today.

“As a country we rely too much on rice imports from Australia and from Asia that is sold in Papua New Guinea.

“We want to have a large scale and commercially viable rice production sector in our country that will meet the demands of our people.

Bank charges are excessive, says Nawaeb MP

Member for Nawae, Gisuat Siniwin asked if the Department of Treasury could intervene to help small businesses and individuals who pay different fees for all transactions conducted through the commercial banks.

This includes a K7 deposit fee, cheque clearance fees, account maintaining fees, ATM withdrawal fees,  etc.

He said this is hurting ordinary citizens and called on the department to look into this.

Treasury Minister Patrick Pruatich said commercial banks were private profit oriented entities with the aim to make profit at the end of the day.

Government to fulfill commitments by end of December

When responding to Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare’s questions on the provincial quarterly grants, Pruaitch said the Government will still give the funding to the provinces.

Pruaitch said given the cash flow problem the country is facing, the revenue coming into the Government coffers are a concern.

“Therefore, we have taken measures to control the spending and the release of funds to the provinces,” he said.

“The Government is working to ensure that the commitments made in 2016 Budget will be fully funded before the end of December.”

Parliament passed Cybercrime Code Bill

The Bill is a significant piece of legislation designed to deal with crimes and offences committed against individuals, the public, government agencies or corporate entities through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Introducing the bill for the third reading today before it being passed, Communication Minister Jimmy Miringtoro said the Government is mindful that the use of ICTs inevitably introduces correlative security concerns for individuals, businesses, and the public sector that need to be addressed.

PNG Professionals challenge Naru to arrest them

Spokesman Captain James Markop in a statement sent to Loop from China said it is with dismay that Naru had used or abused Parliamentary privilege by labeling concerned professional Papua New Guineans as domestic terrorists on the floor of parliament.

“We the citizens of Papua New Guinea have given you a mandate for 5 years to represent us, not yourselves in parliament.

Too early for a supplementary budget, says O'Neill

"The country's economy is very strong and the Government will continue to monitor the challengers and make adjustments if necessary but it is too early to call for a minor (supplementary) budget.

O’Neill said the national government when formulating this year budget last year, did frame it against the drop of commodity prices.