Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

Papua LNG Agreement to be signed

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the announcement during day one of the 3rd Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby, which will end on Thursday.

The signing of the Project agreement paves way for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and eventual construction.

The announcement by the Prime Minister follows the signing of the MOU in November of 2018 which provided a framework for key terms and conditions to be included within the Gas Agreement, including tax rates and domestic market obligation.

PM announces Maprik impact projects

O’Neill told a huge crowd that the government will build a market in Maprik, upgrade the Hayfield airport and seal the town area.

At the opening of a K4 million health centre in Maprik, the PM said the project, which is co-funded by ADB, AusAID and the national and provincial governments, is a new initiative by the government to bring services right into the community.

Madang airport project launched

The contingent was welcomed at the airport by Madang Governor Peter Yama where they proceeded to his first engagement of the day.

The ground breaking ceremony of Madang airport will pave way for an aircraft pavement upgrade, new terminal building and other associated works.

This is a project valued at K77.5 million under Civil Aviation Authority’s CADIP program – jointly funded by ADB and World Bank – and will be built by HBS and ASSAR contractors.

Construction will commence in March and is anticipated to be completed in August 2020.

O’Neill visits Okapa

Member for Okapa, Saki Hacky Soloma, said this when welcoming O’Neill and his delegation, who are on a two-day visit through the Eastern Highlands and Madang provinces.

The same sentiments were echoed by Member for Kainantu and Minister for Mining, Johnson Ibo Tuke, speaking for the other district Members in the province.

The first stop on the trip is to officially launch the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership.

Kroton share transfer to LOs still stands

O’Neill said the Kroton equity shares are now owned outright by the State and they will look at the option of transferring the shares to the beneficiaries.

He said this in Parliament early this week when questioned by Komo-Margarima MP, Manasseh Makiba.

The Komo-Margarima MP asked the Prime Minster to clarify confusion among landowners regarding the Kroton equity shares.

PM assures Tutumang on Wafi-Golpu Project

O’Neill said the Government will ensure the Tutumang, legitimate landowners and other key stakeholders participate in the project agreement discussion of the Wafi-Golpu Project.

He said this when questioned by Markham MP, Koni Iguan, on the Morobe Provincial Government’s refusal to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the State and developer Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV).

The Markham MP asked the Prime Minister to explain the recent events surrounding the Wafi-Golpu Project and the refusal of the Tutumang to sign.

PM pays tribute to late Lady Hannah

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said this during a tribute at her funeral yesterday.

The Prime Minister, along with ministers, governors, Government House and Parliament staff, joined the families of Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae and the late Lady Hannah to say farewell.

The casket of the late Lady Hannah entered the Marimari Lutheran Church grounds in Port Moresby escorted by state officials.

A traditional mass ceremony was held for her, who was said to be a humanitarian.

PM defends Govt on journalist’s suspension

He said EMTV runs its own affairs and the decision was entirely on the organisation.

When responding to this newsroom on the involvement of Government with the suspension of the senior journalist, PM O’Neill said he has no knowledge of the EMTV management’s decision.

However, he said he will find out more in the next few days on what had actually transpired.

Hong Kong pledges support to PNG

These were made known in a brief closed-door bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, November 19th.

 On behalf of Hong Kong’s Premier, Lam told Prime Minister O’Neill that Hong Kong is happy to share its experiences with PNG in various aspects as far as capacity building is concerned.

“We look forward to seeing you again in future meetings or when you next visit Hong Kong.”

PM O’Neill opens leaders’ meeting

They will be discussing a range of issues that are already being put forward by officials from each economy.

“I know today many of you will be leaving our shores but let me say that we are very grateful for your visit," says PM O'Neill.

He added the leaders' visit had given hope to the people of PNG.

"In doing so, it will continue to enhance our involvement of our own respective countries in our economies with challenges ahead of us."

The leaders are now having their closed-door discussions.