James Marape

Discussion with Hides landowners hit a droop

The discussion will be on how best the process of accessing their royalties and the 2 per cent free carry equity can be fast tracked.

This is after negotiations yesterday reached a dead end with landowners taking a concrete stand on their demands that their outstanding LBBSA and UBBSA commitments be paid as well.

After a whole day of discussions which turned rowdy at some stage, Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban and Finance Minister James Marape put forward the option of meeting again with the landowners after parliament sitting next week.

Marape blasts Micah for stopping investors

Marape said his statement was one of the most reckless statements by a Member of Parliament in the history of the nation.

“He is telling investors to wait until next year to create new jobs.

“How could any Member of Parliament actively campaign against the creation of new jobs for our country?"

Marape said the investment climate in Papua New Guinea remains positive and the economic fundamentals of the economy are sound.

“We are facing global economic headwinds with depressed commodity prices, but the market is returning to better pricing levels.”

​No-confidence motion adjourned

However, before the matter could go into whether the opposition had standing in the case, preliminary issues were brought before the court by lawyers representing Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Leader of Government Business James Marape and a member of the Parliamentary Committee on private business, William Powi.

The three leaders, through their lawyers, moved an application seeking to be added as additional parties in the case, saying they are directly affected in the motion filed by the opposition.

Agiru’s burial delayed

The body was handed over to the immediate families on Monday by the provincial government.

Enga governor Peter Ipatas while paying his last respect to the late governor was given the honor to hand over the body.

However, late Agiru’s media advisor Frank Kolma told Loop PNG from Tari that relatives from both parents of the late governor are still in discussion as to where the body should be buried.

Kolma said they will  most likely bury him at Tapanda (mother’s village) in Dauli sometimes this week.

Marape pays tribute to late Agiru

When paying his tribute on Wednesday at the funeral service in Port Moresby, Marape said late Agiru was a champion in Hela and will be treasured in the hearts of the Hela people forever.

Marape said it was very hard to find the right words to describe a man who he thinks is the greatest contemporary orator and writer of his days.

"You were born a star, you lived a star and this star will shine in the archives of memory forever.

PM O’Neill to accompany late Agiru’s body to Hela

Finance Minister and Tari-Pori MP James Marape revealed this when conveying his condolences to the family of Hela Governor late Anderson Pawa Agiru.

Late Agiru passed away on Thursday morning after succumbing to a heart attack. 

In a statement Marape stated: “I have been with Late Agiru since 1991 when he first contested for the Southern Highlands by election and today to see his demise leaves me and his people profound sadness.

“Hela is in mourning and I request our people to be in peace, harmony and unity as we mourn the loss of the Leader of Hela people.

Court to decide later on Marape’s appeal

This is in regards to the National Court Decision dismissing an application restraining police to arrest Marape and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

Issues of the case stem from the payment to Paraka Lawyers.

Lawyers representing Marape and the Prime Minister argued that their application was not to dismiss the whole investigation.

Court was told that the restraining order sought was to temporarily halt the arrest, but not to stop the investigations from proceeding. 

Advisors and consultants are major beneficiaries of LNG project: O’Neill

O’Neill revealed this today at Parliament during Question Time with a question from Sinasina Yongumgl MP Kerenga Kua.

Kua was asking about how secure the country’s economy from the PNG LNG project revenue was as mentioned by Finance Minister James Marape in the previous parliament session in 2015.

“Minister for Finance James Marape has assured the parliament that the gas price was locked in a foreword sales gas marketing agreement and that any decline in prices will not impact the revenue,” he said.

Marape’s appeal hearing date set

The matter has been set to be heard on March 22 and 23 by a three-man Supreme Court bench consisting of Justices Derek Hartshorn, Collin Makail and Don Sawong.

The date was set today after the sixth respondent, Matthew Damaru the Director of  the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption directorate told the court they want the substantive appeal heard as soon as possible as the matter has been going on for close to two years now.  

Finance Dept to table government books

“We are now balancing our government books for 2015. We expect to present our government accounts from 2009 to 2015 in the March session. 

“We have opened our government accounts January 4, the earliest ever opening of public accounts in our nation’s history.

"That is so Papua New Guineans will know what their government accounts look like for those years,” Marape said.