Peter O'Neill

ACP leaders agree to build Long Term Fund

ACP president and host Prime Minister Peter O’Neill revealed this in his closing remarks to the 8th ACP heads of states and government meeting in Port Moresby.

 “This summit has been fruitful and insightful. The decision we have taken today are to take us forward in the repositioning the ACP group.

ACP leaders praise PNG for hosting summit

In thanking the government of PNG for the successful hosting of the Summit, Sierre Leonie Vice President Dr Victor Bockarie Foh said Papua New Guinea can be seen as very far on the map but it is so close to the ACP member countries.

 “I think the people of PNG are very friendly and their hospitality and behaviour for keeping the city clean and looking after us.

” He said it is not easy to host such summits but PNG have shown the true development in the country by hosting this successful gathering.

Opposition confident of overthrowing Government

Opposition members today in a conference confidently told reporters that they will be filing another motion of the vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Leader of the Opposition Don Polye said they will never go to sleep until O’Neill is removed.

“We will not rest until this corrupt government is gone,” said Polye.

The Government’s actions were being monitored and were now on the ‘roof top’. Polye said the Opposition has been increasing in numbers and will increase further as MPs will be moving to their side to fight this “monster”.

ACP leaders arrive in PNG

The summit will start today 30th May – 1st June.

The Summit will discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena. 

Discussions will take into consideration recent key international developments, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism.

PM O'Neill arrives in Japan

O’Neill and his delegation were received by the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister, Muto, the PNG Ambassador to Japan, Gabriel Dusava and other senior officials from both countries.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) countries, I am honored to attend this summit, where I will make interventions with other leaders participating in the G7 Outreach Meeting on topics relative to PNG’s economy, particularly on infrastructure development, promoting women’s participation in the economy and healthcare enhancement.

Government to implement court orders on refugees

Speaking at the famous radio talk-back show this morning, O’Neill said his government took the honour to support the refugee camp in Manus because PNG has an obligation to fulfill as one of the member of the regional countries in the Pacific.

He said government officials from both Australia and PNG have been in discussions regarding the issue for the past weeks in Port Moresby and Cairns.

However, O’Neill said he is yet to be briefed on their discussions.

PM calls on health workers to step up

He said health workers have enough training and knowledge but their commitment to work is very poor.

O’Neill added that only a few were working in challenging long hours to try and fill in the gap and serve our people especially in remote areas.

He also called on the medical board to review their structures and allow the government to bring in overseas doctors who are willing to serve the rural people.

“This is not to undermine the qualifications of our health workers but to try and bring health services to our remote areas,” he said.

O’Neill welcomes Polye back

O’Neill during a radio talk-back in Port Moresby said the Government needed experienced politician like Polye to give advice and bring development into the country.

He said he would enjoy working with Polye as they have no personnel issues or whatsoever.

“He’s an experienced politician who is serving his third term as an MP and we need such people when debating on policies and issues in the floor of parliament.”

Polye’s 2012 election victory was set aside after the national court ruled in favour of his runner up and petitioner Alfred Manaseh.

PNG in midst of deepening economic and financial crisis, says Sir Mekere

“Only by the Prime Minister acknowledging the nature and scale of the problem, and sharing it with Papua New Guineans, can we find solutions to fight the problem, hand in hand.

Ball rolling on Bougainville referendum

The date has been agreed on in a breakthrough meeting between the PNG central government and Bougainville's regional government co-chaired by PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill and Bougainville president John Momis.

Under the terms of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, a referendum must be conducted in Bougainville before mid-2020.

President Momis said that although the date could not yet be finalised, due to various legal steps required to be taken first, it would be impossible to plan the referendum without a target date.