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‘Access to affordable credit’

Savi Moni, an online personal loan service designed specifically for PNG’s corporate sector, was launched in 2020. 

Founder and director, Nick Keane, has heard firsthand from several business leaders the concerns they have of losing key staff, as well as the administrative and cost burdens of managing employee credit programs in-house.

PNG among nations to lose UN voting rights

Also losing voting rights are Iran, Venezuela, Sudan, Antigua and Barbuda, Republic of Congo and Guinea, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the letter to General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid on Wednesday.

The suspension takes effect immediately.

The UN Charter states that members whose arrears equal or exceed the amount of their contributions for the preceding two full years lose their voting rights.

Indonesia Commits To Maintain Relations

In terms of political, security and defence cooperation, both countries base bilateral relations on the 1986 Treaty of Mutual Respect, Friendship and Cooperation.
“We understand that differences may arise in terms of policy and circumstances, but as next door neighbours we remain committed to maintain the mutual respect and friendship we have developed through the years,” says Indonesian Ambassador to PNG, Andriana Supandy.  

Churches Address SARV

In his opening remarks, Rev. Roger Joseph said the rising number of reported cases of SARV in rural PNG clearly shows that there is an emerging culture of misguided people taking the law into their own hands. Moreover, by doing this, they inflict physical abuse and barbaric acts of violence against innocent women and young children causing the death of many innocent lives.

Match schedule set for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ OFC preliminary competition

The tournament will determine which nation will represent Oceania in the FIFA intercontinental play-off in June 2022, from which the winner earns a spot at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ finals.  

A standalone match between the two lowest-ranked OFC nations, Tonga and the Cook Islands, will be held on March 13 to determine who qualifies through to join Group A and contest the preliminary competition. 

Group A, which will be made up of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tahiti and the qualifying match winner, will have its first Match Day on March 17. 

NCC Release COVID-19 Update

The NCC also highlighted in their latest statistics that Delta cases have not increased since the last count of 627.

From latest COVID-19 update from the NCC, Papua New Guinea recorded 11 COVID-19 infections on Friday 31 December 2021, increasing the total confirmed cases to 36,190.

The NCC confirmed that the new cases were recorded in Northern with seven, East New Britain two, while Central and Western Highlands recorded one each.

As of December 31st 2021, 35,515 persons have recovered from the virus, while the dead toll remains at 590.

2021 A Dark Year For PNG

“I feel I owe the nation an apology. I acted in good faith to humbly resign in May 2019 thinking that the change that was asked for would be youthful and move us forward faster than my government could.

“I have, like you, been bitterly disappointed in the performance of the Marape-led Government over the last 31 months.

“He said economically we are in one heck of a mess with debt at over K51 billion and no plan to increase income except to tax our people more.

Free Ambulance service for Papua New Guineans

Chief of Ambulance Service Commissioner Rigona Rita says the ambulance service will not charge any fee to a Papua New Guinean who needs life-saving emergency medical assistance and transportation to a government hospital.

Commissioner Rita says the Ambulance service will not charge any fee because the Government partly funds the Ambulance services. However, the funding does not cover the whole cost of providing the service.

Organic, Fairtrade Papua New Guinea Bar Showcases PNG Cocoa Farmers

With fewer than 200 bars available, the chocolate is made from organic, Fairtrade beans grown by the Yangoru Cocoa Development Project, based in Wewak, in the remote northern region of East Sepik province. A collaborative farming initiative, 529 small scale farmers grow cocoa beans, supporting a community of more than 2600 people. The co-operative became certified in 2020, and cocoa is their main source of income.

Ensure your services are accessible: Officer

Service provision and supports are often inaccessible in rural areas and there remains a pervasive lack of understanding of how to provide services to persons living with a disability by service providers across the country.

Advocates are working to ensure access to services and information is improved and persons living with a disability are not left behind.

The National Youth with Disability Network is Papua New Guinea’s leading network supporting young persons with a disability.