Sam Basil

K3m subsidy for fresh produce

This was made possible with the signing of a K3 million agreement between the government and a Lae-based shipping service provider.

This State of Emergency intervention was announced on Monday, April 27th, by the National Planning Minister, Sam Basil, following the signing of a service level agreement by the SOE Controller, David Manning, department secretary Koney Samuel and Bismarck Maritime Ltd chief executive officer, Jamie Sharp.

Districts partner with NID Office

Wapanamanda in Enga Province, and Mul-Baiyer in Western Highland Province both signed up on April 16th to partner the NID office to register locals and distribute NID cards.

The MOU signing was attended by Minister for Planning and Monitoring, Sam Basil, Wapenamanda MP, Rimbink Pato, and Mul-Baiyer MP, Koi Trappe.

Wapenamanada And Mul-Baiyer are the 23rd and 24th Districts respectively to put their hands up to join the roll out of the NID program.

Freight subsidy for vegetable transportation

“With the restrictions due to COVID-19 State of Emergency, I am aware of concerns that fresh produce and vegetables outbound from Lae have ground to a halt due to limited shipping movements arising from fears of business losses by service providers,” said Minister Basil.

“This foodstuff is needed in Port Moresby supermarkets and re-sellers. And the cash income is needed by village producers, buyers and land transport service providers in the Highlands and Morobe provinces as well as re-sellers in Port Moresby and even in the New Guinea Islands.

No efforts to be spared in census delivery: Minister

Minister Basil has directed the National Statistical Office and drivers of the NSO 2020 census to prepare an NEC submission to update Ministers on preparations thus far. Furthermore, they have been instructed to schedule a work plan to deliver the census and what is needed in terms of inter-governmental collaboration and engagement of the development partners.

Minister Basil has informed the members of the 2020 Way Ahead Meeting that he has also written to the Treasurer requesting front loading of the NSO 2020 census.

Tax credit funding for road projects: Basil

National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Sam Basil, made this announcement on his first day in the new portfolio.

Minister Basil was at the launch of the September 2nd national network road strategy in Port Moresby and said he wants to work closely with the Works Department to address road issues in the country.

New Treasurer tasked to review tax arrangements

Minister Basil said this during the handover takeover of the Treasury Ministry on Thursday in Port Moresby.

Basil takes over Treasury from Charles Abel, who is now Finance Minister.

Treasurer Basil said the Terms of Reference given to him by Prime Minister Marape are in line with the Prime Minister’s goal of PNG being the richest black Christian nation.

The ToR includes:

Basil referred to Fraud

The executive arm of the party released a statement recently, to say they have issued a formal complaint to restrain Basil from conducting any business under the banner of MA.

MA Party President James Chamilou stated that the party’s executive arm has registered a formal complaint with the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to conduct proper investigation for abuse of office and official corruption, conspiracy, false pretense, forgery and altering the party logo.

New office for Melanesian Alliance Party

With the opening of its office space, the new look Melanesian Alliance party under the leadership of Bulolo MP, Sam Basil, intends to start rebuilding the party in preparation for 2022 elections.

An office space that will run the affairs of the Melanesian Alliance Party and also screen and nominate candidates for the 2022 General Election was opened on May 17th at Korobosea, Port Moresby.

The new Party leader says they intend to start early and are laying the foundation to prepare for 2022.

Over 1,500MW needed in next decade: Minister

This demand will come off the back of the PNG Government’s rural electrification program and upcoming major resource projects and industries.

Minister for Energy, Sam Basil, said this at the 3rd Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby.

Minister Basil said currently there are 600+ megawatts of electricity in use, excluding standalone generators.

He said studies show that another 300 megawatts is needed to ensure sufficient power is generated to meet the 70 percent electricity access to households by 2030.

Governor calls for more local content

Basil said this in response to questions by Bougainville Governor, Joe Lera.

“What is the policy of NBC in regards to giving equal airtime to global, national and local content to our people? asked Lera.

“I ask this question because currently radio Bougainville is giving more time to global and national content and little time to Bougainville content.

“This disadvantages my people from getting adequate, relevant and appropriate information on the social, economic, political affairs, especially in the context of the referendum.”