Richard Maru

Philippines trade with PNG one-sided: Maru

Maru in a media conference this morning revealed that it was one of the issues he raised with his Philippines counterpart during the Bilateral Trade Meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru.

He said now a formal diplomatic letter will be written to the Philippines Government raising the issue and request for a Duty Free Market for PNG goods exported to the Asian country of over 100 million people.   

Minister Maru said currently the trading of goods favour Philippines.

“More than 30, 000 Filipinos are working in Papua New Guinea.    

Education level in ESP drops: Maru

Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru when speaking at the officially opening of a four in one double classroom at Bugusu Elementary School in the West Yangoru LLG of Yangoru-Saussia District recently said the results of education level is frightening.

He told the packed crowd that statistics have shown that from the top 40 schools in PNG that  enroll Grade 12’s,none of them were from  East Sepik Province.

Huge potential for cattle industry in Sepik Plains

Chairman of Livestock Export Corporation of Meat and Livestock Association of Australia, David Galvin, said this after touring the Sepik Plains last weekend.

Galvin came to the Sepik Plains at the invitation of Member for Yangoru Saussia and Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry Richard Maru.

Rural areas link-up after 41 years of neglect

The people of Kamatogu village have expressed gratitude to the local member and Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru, for recognizing their need to have road access.

These people have had no road or access to basic services like health and education for the past 41 years.

Children walk kilometers to attend schools and the sick die along the road whilst walking distances to seek medical treatment.

No compo for developments, says Maru

The Local MP and Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry made this remarks during the opening of the road linking Haniak village to the Sepik Highway.

The village is under the Numbo LLG of the district.

The 1km road was constructed at the cost of K100,000 under the District Services Improvement Funds.

Present to witness the road opening was the former Secretary for the Department of National Planning, Valentine Kambori who originates from Haniak village.

Maru said Numbo LLG had received tremendous support in terms of funding in his first term in office.

Decision on uplifting trade restriction in coming weeks

This followed a fact finding trip to Papua New Guinea approved by the Fiji Government concluded this week.

The delegation included Fiji Trade Commissioner to PNG Navitalai Tuivuniwai, Biosecurity Authority (BAF) of Fiji chief veterinarian Dr Sian Watson, BAF chief plant protection officer Nilesh Ami Chand, and BAF trade facilitation and compliance team leader Ronal Prasad.

MSG trade agreement to deal with labour mobility

Fiji for 12 years had banned the import of PNG Made Ox and Palm canned meat, Paradise Biscuits and Trukai Rice claiming the products did not meet its biosecurity requirements which Minister Maru and the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) deny.

A delegation from Fiji is in the country to hold talks with relevant government officers and manufacturers of the banned products to find a solution to the trade dispute.

The proposed MSG trade agreement Number 3 will cover services and labour mobility for member states.

Tap into spin-off benefits urges Minister Maru

The project is to be developed in the Special Economic zone within the Sepik Plains of Yangoru-Saussia District of East Sepik Province.

Maru, who is also the Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, said the ground work for the Government funded project will start in the coming weeks.

He warned his people to participate in the spin-off benefits or they will be bystanders as people from throughout the province will be looking for business.

Yangoru’s police MS barracks to be built soon

Maru made the comments in light of a court decision last week in favour of the District Development Authority over the customary landowners.

The first term MP was blunt in his message, challenging his people to stop their bad habits and move with the change happening in the district.              

“Yangoru-Saussia is changing, we must not live like in the past, I must tell you now,” Maru said.  

“No more consuming homebrew and marijuana; we are moving forward.”

PNG stand on PACER Plus remains: Trade Minister

The PNG Government earlier this year said it will not be party to the trade agreement because it favours the bigger economies of Australia and New Zealand.

Maru’s comments followed smaller Pacific Islands States welcoming the commitment by Australia and New Zealand to provide appropriate resources for the implementation of PACER Plus with respect to the development and economic cooperation chapter of the text, and for the broader trade related assistance at the recently concluded 47th PIF Summit in the Federated States of Micronesia.