Richard Maru

Milk prices to be slashed by 50pc

The first ever locally produced milk product by Innovative Agro Industry will be available in Port Moresby stores on February 6th.

Samples of the product were presented yesterday to the Minster for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, who also first tasted the product.

The product is the final outcome of what has taken less than a year to establish.

Chairman and executive director of Innovative Agro Industry, Ilan Weiss, said the product is 100 percent PNG made.

Maru calls for visa outsourcing

Minister Maru said the delay in processing visa applications is a hindrance to trade and investment.

He said during his visit to India in December 2017, he was advised by individuals from various sectors about the delay in approving visas to PNG, which sometimes took months.

Minister Maru said countries around the world, even our nearest neighbours, have reformed their visa requirements and processes, making it much easier for persons from other countries to travel.

Yangoru-Saussia: Waranaka’s application dismissed

A single-man Supreme Court bench dismissed the application by Waranaka, who sought leave to review an interlocutory decision and exercise of discretion of the National Court to allow the affidavits and competency applications of Maru and the Electoral Commission to go through.

The election petition before Justice Collin Makail is ready to go for trial in Wewak starting August 2018 and ending in September.

However, Waranaka filed an application to dismiss the affidavits and objections to competencies as being filed within time but served out of time.

National WaSH Authority to be set up

The WaSH Authority aims to oversee the implementation of the WaSH Policy passed by the Government in 2017.

The submission was made by Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru.

In an interview with Loop PNG, Minister Maru said the approval of the submission was great news as the authority can now fully implement a nationwide program for clean water and sanitation services.

He said currently just over 30 percent of the population have access to safe, clean drinking water.

Pilot NID rollout in districts

National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, is now calling on one district from each of the four regions that is interested in participating in the rollout to step out.

Maru has put forward his district of Yangoru-Saussia as the pilot site for Momase Region.

Minister Maru said the pilot projects aim to trial techniques and technologies that can be used around the country.

Lands staff receive NID cards

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, today presented to his counterpart and Minister for Lands, Justin Tkatchenko, certificates and NID cards for his staff.

Maru said Tkatchenko was the first Minister on record to have all staff issued NID cards.

In a media conference today, Minister Maru commended Tkatchenko for taking the lead in ensuring the Lands Department staff all had NID cards.

He also called on other ministers and departments to follow this example.

PNG can learn from Indian uni: Maru

This was one of the take backs from Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Implementation, Richard Maru’s trip to India late last month.

He said the country can learn from the Indira Gandhi National Open University, which will allow for more Grade 12 school leavers to obtain higher education learning.

“They have six million students who don’t go to a campus to go to school. They are doing degrees and masters programs and PhDs from their homes,” said Maru.

Maru sends governments condolences to pilot’s family

“On behalf of the Government and the people of Papua New Guinea, I extend our sincere condolences to Mr Tong’s family, friends and colleagues for your loss.

“Comforting thoughts are difficult at a time like this, especially when a young man, early in his flying career, has passed away in tragic circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult period.

“The search for the aircraft was severely hampered by cloud on the ridges and valleys surrounding the accident site.

PNG, India to enter economic partnership

The EPA aims to consolidate on forty-two years of diplomatic relations between both countries.

Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru, said the decision to enter an economic partnership is a result of India’s recognition that PNG has much business and other opportunities for Indian businesses and the people of India.

Businesses in India keen: Govt delegation

The Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, met with the National Institute of Transforming India and extended an invitation to them to visit PNG and also participate at PNG's inaugural National Planning Summit.

Also known as NITI Aayog, the National Institute of Transforming India is the policy think tank of the Government of India.

It was established with the aim to achieve sustainable development goals to ensure the cooperative involvement of the State Government of India in the economic policy making process using a bottom-up approach.