Prime Minister James Marape

Govt aims to encourage businesses to grow

Over K200 million every year will be allocated in the National Budget to ensure local businesses have low cost loan financing facilities to grow their businesses.

Prime Minister James Marape said this at PANGU Pati’s gala dinner at Hilton Hotel recently.

He said PANGU Pati is all about economic independence, and will look into creating legislative and budgetary pathways for citizens and corporate friends to be empowered to do business.

In pursuit to grow the local businesses in the country, the government will ensure every business has a fair playing field.

PM apologises following capture of vehicles

Tribesmen of the Late David Kendiyo, from Poroma District in Southern Highlands Province, blocked the junction of Hela and Kutubu and captured sixteen LNG light escort vehicles.

Late David Kendiyo was a UPNG graduate who was killed at Eight-Mile in Port Moresby two weeks ago.

In a report it was alleged that the deceased was killed by someone from Hela Province.

PM to give detailed report on highway upgrade

Governor for Jiwaka, Dr William Tongamp, had raised concerns that the K3 billion ADB funded project has been launched almost a year ago, but there are sections of the highway where work has not begun yet, including road designs.

Dr Tongamp wanted to know if the three contracting companies are fully mobilised; how much each has received already and how far they have done their share of the work.

The Jiwaka Governor was concerned that the 61 kilometre stretch of road between Simbu to Western Highlands section – which also runs through his province – has not picked up yet.

PM refutes pay cut claim

In response to the Opposition’s claim of pay cuts, the PM said: “No legitimately secured awards to teachers or proper salaries will be deducted as that is our workers’ entitlements.

“We are only concerned about duplicity, unlawful wastage and lack of productivity in our public services that we will tidy but that has nothing to do with cutting their legitimate pays or secured industrial increases.

All official travel to be vetted by PM’s office

He said this is to ensure that expenditure is reined in and to eliminate the continued waste due to unnecessary travel.

He made this statement during a press briefing yesterday to confirm that pressing domestic issues have resulted in him forgoing the 74th United Nations General Assembly, as well as the cancellation of the large delegation that was supposed to accompany him.

Marape said he was informed that the delegation that had been proposed to accompany him to New York comprised of some 55 officials at a cost of more than K1.2 million.

Oil Search maintains it pays tax

“I like to believe that PNG governments in the past and present have had quite a significant input into what Oil Search is today and without that support, Oil Search shares will still be pegging along the same track as Santos and many of the companies operating in the country,” Marape said at Oil Search’s 90-year anniversary gala dinner event in Port Moresby.

“I want to pay my respects to the landowners of the entire areas in which Oil Search has operated since 1929, some of them here tonight, me included.

Leave buai at home, public servants told

Staff of the National Housing Corporation who had a visit from Prime Minister James Marape on July 15th were bluntly told off.

“Simple thing first and please public servants right across the country. Yu lusim buai lo haus blo yu. Yu laik helpim mi senisim kantri, your attitude (chewing) will not make us change this country,” stated Marape.

PM visits NHC

This morning he visited the staff of the National Housing Corporation alongside minister responsible, Justin Tkatchenko.

The National Housing Corporation is one government entity that has seen huge concerns of corruption being raised against it.

PM Marape paid a visit to the staff of the NHC not only to empower them but see the working environment.

No salary increases: Marape

This will be his position as a member of the Salaries and Remuneration Committee (SRC).

Marape said this after being sworn in as member of the SRC today.

The official swearing-in ceremony of three new members of the Salaries and Remuneration Committee was held at Government House and signed off by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae.

They included Prime Minister Marape, Public Service Minister Wesley Nukundj and Deputy Secretary Policy & Reforms of the Department of Personnel Management, William Hapipai.

PM urges IRC to step up

Companies who evade tax have been warned that strict penalties will be applied going forward.

Prime Minister James Marape, while on a visit to the Internal Revenue Commission Office with Treasurer Sam Basil, warned big companies who have been evading tax that their time is up, and they must own up as forensic audit will be conducted.