Charles Abel

Next step for Alotau

Alotau MP Charles Abel stated in a social media post on Monday that the town has been under threat for eight years.

Abel believes the attack on police was a highly organised one, because of the amount of damage done to business houses and the water police barracks.

The MP said he had called for a State Of Emergency because the attack was an attack on people of the province, and the country as well.

Abel said the Commissioner of Police as sent 30 extra police personnel for additional manpower.

He emphasised that tough decisions have to be made.

Alotau needs more policemen

Alotau MP, Charles Abel said the district is in of more police presence.

“Twenty-five new recruits were to be posted to Alotau, but were sent elsewhere at the last minute. That continues to leave us undermanned. The PPC is doing his best under difficult circumstances and it is a huge maritime province and the police are trying to guard the waterway and highways and this holds up other issues that go on and also protect the town,” Mr Abel said.

LO’s must have interest in Towns

Alotau MP, Charles Abel, said this is an important principle in taking back PNG.

He made the remarks during the opening of the new Alotau Town Market and Fisheries Facility.

During the opening it was announced that that ownership of market will be handed over to the traditional landowners of Alotau through the Huhu Local Level Government (LLG).

Alotau MP Charles Abel says this is a principle hey have stood by.

Abel reveals K2 billion shortfall in revenue

Finance Minister Charles Abel made this known in parliament on Wednesday, after he was asked about funding support for provinces experiencing natural disasters.

Minister Abel said only K20 million was budgeted for National Disasters.

The government was asked to fund emergency responses and rehabilitation exercises to several provinces that experienced flooding catastrophes only recently, but Minister Abel said what has been asked of the government cannot be met at the moment.

A 2 billion kina shortfall in the 2019 budget has not helped the situation.

Ijivitari MP resigns from PNC

One day after the formation of the new government, another member of the People’s National Congress Party has resigned and will be joining the Our Development Party with party leader Sir Puka Temu.

Yesterday Alotau MP and interim Treasurer Charles Abel announced he is leaving PNC to join Our Development Party.

Soon after Abel’s announcement, Ijivitari MP Richard Masere also made his intentions known.

Govt yet to ID right landowner group

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, said this recently when asked for an update on the payment issue.

More than two Koiari landowner groups have popped up in recent years, creating complications when it comes to the disbursement of royalties or land vetting and mobilisation funds.

The most recent issue encountered was when a large group of locals shut off water valves at the hydrostations on the 22nd of March, demanding K10 million in payment.

Over K14m in revenue, grants: Treasury

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, says this is 5.1 percent higher compared to the 2018 Supplementary Budget estimate of K13 million.

In compliance with the PNG Fiscal Responsibility Act 2006, which was amended in 2017, the 2018 Final Budget Outcome Report was released via the Treasury website on the 31st of March, and announced on the 1st of April in Port Moresby.

PNG's DPM appointed to international board

He will be representing the interests of PNG and other EITI implementing countries in the South East Asian region in the 2019 to 2022 EITI Board.  

Abel’s appointment was confirmed on the 21st of March by the EITI International Secretariat. 

Head of PNGEITI National Secretariat, Lucas Alkan, said the appointment demonstrates the confidence they had in PNG to lead on the EITI’s work on good governance of natural resources.

GDP to grow by 4pc: Treasurer

Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, said this during the 3rd Petroleum and Energy Summit.

He said there were further encouraging signs with a modest but steady decline in inflation, which is expected to be around 5.4 percent.

The Deputy Prime Minister said Treasury will soon release the final Budget outcome for 2018 and there are some positive signs.

“I’m very pleased to report that after some difficulties were now seeing a welcome rebound in the economy and for your part, I want to thank you as investors in our country,” Abel said.

DPM on three-day Lae visit

The DPM and Governor were joined by the Members for Lae Open, John Rosso, and Finschhafen Open, Rainbow Paita, as they spent the day visiting a number of significant private sector investments.

Opening the latest K20 million upgrade to the Coca-Cola plant, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “It is encouraging to see our policy changes, including tariff adjustments, have given the private sector confidence to be making substantial investments like this.”