Timothy Masiu

Communications Minister satisfied with Aust trip

“This was my first ever official engagement since I took up the Ministry in November 2019 and I’m pleased the visit was to Australia as they are our closest neighbour and very important development partner,” he said.

“During this trip, I met with my Australian counterpart, Paul Fletcher, and the Minister for International Development, Alex Hawke, as well as the Head of the Office of the Pacific Office, Ewen McDonald, in Canberra on Wednesday (26/02/20).

Boost for PNG’s ICT sector

In what is considered a milestone for PNG’s Department of Communications and Information Technology (Department of ICT), a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on February 25th between the PNG Department of ICT and its Australian counterpart, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication (DITRDC).

The MOU was signed by PNG Department’s Acting Secretary Steven Matainaho and Australia Department’s Secretary, Simon Atkinson, in Canberra at the DITRDC.

Minister clarifies SIM deactivation

Information and Communications Minister, Timothy Masiu, said March 31st is the deadline and the onus is on mobile network operators to ensure every user is accounted for.

Masiu outlined some of the reasons behind the deactivation of unregistered SIMS, saying the government needs to know the number of SIM card users in the country and some form of control needs to be in place to ensure laws and regulations are not breached.

Intruders pretending to be experts: MP

Deputy Opposition Leader and South Bougainville MP, Timothy Masiu, sounded the warning recently in Lae when he launched the country’s second cocoa of excellence show to be held this July.

Masiu, who is a cocoa grower himself, sternly urged the Cocoa Board of PNG to be on the lookout, claiming intruders do not have or grow cocoa in their countries but were here pretending to be “experts” of cocoa and telling local farmers what to do with cocoa. 

Armed robbery prompts call for border post

Member for South Bougainville, Timothy Masiu, issued the call following an armed robbery at Maleai village, in the Solomon Islands on February 5th.

South Bougainville and Solomon Islands police reported a group of five suspects from Siwai, in South Bougainville, hijacked a banana boat and its skipper at gun point and ordered him to travel to Shortland islands.

There they held up a Chinese businessman at Maleai village, where they robbed him off beche-de-mer, solar panels, 200 litres of fuel, mobile phones and solar batteries.

Petty politics can jeopardise academic year: Opposition

Deputy Opposition Leader Timothy Masiu has described the decision by Minister for High Education, Science & Technology, Pila Niningi, to suspend the University Council and the acting Vice Chancellor, as an act of sabotage at the country’s highest learning institution.

He said the country’s top cream of students enter UPNG as one of the highest learning institution of the land and their studies cannot be jeopardised by petty politics of individuals.

South Bougainville MP concerned

The South Bougainville MP said recent incidents of violence and anti-social activities throughout Bougainville are undoubtedly sending the wrong signal to PNG and the international community.

“In terms of some of the killings and some destruction of properties and the general law and order situation on Bougainville, I’m just so worried because referendum is approaching and yet the people have not seen the real value of referendum.”

B’ville cocoa industry to be revived

Masiu plans to plant a million seedlings in the South Bougainville Region.

The seedlings will be supplied by Soroken Plantation.

The seedlings would be shipped from Hahon Island and distributed at specific locations in the South Region, mainly in the Buin, Bana, Siwai and Torokina districts.

Masiu earlier this year had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cocoa Board PNG for their expertise.

He now officially has two licences for nursery and freight.

Masiu is also pushing for an export licence to sell overseas.

JSB meeting a ‘breakthrough’

Shadow Minister for Bougainville Affairs and Deputy Opposition Leader, Timothy Masiu, said it addresses a lot of issues that have been lingering in the minds of Bougainvilleans, especially in regards to the issue of the Referendum Commission and the restoration development grants funding.

“On behalf of the Opposition and as Shadow Minister for Bougainville Affairs, I’m delighted that the ABG and the National Government can agree to some of the issues and move forward.”

Flight lights for Aropa Airport

Member for South Bougainville, Timothy Masiu, presented a part payment cheque of K100,000 of the total funding component to Air Niugini and NAC on Friday for the installation of Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI)/flight lights at Aropa Airport, Kieta, South Bougainville.

Once these lights are installed, Air Niugini would be able to operate jet aircrafts into Aropa Airport.

This airport is one of the oldest airports in PNG and the busiest because of the Bougainville Copper Mine.