Papua New Guinea Government

Gov’t spends 30% of budget on provinces

Prime Minister James Marape told the Governors during the opening of the two-day Provincial Governors Conference in Port Moresby on Sunday afternoon.

“In the last four years, we have averaged about 30 percent of our total government expenditure to you at the provincial level. That is the indication that we are committed to assisting provincial governments.

“The conversation today is contemporary, it is relevant. What is decentralization in 2023?

“What are the functions of the National Government, the functions of provincial governments, and the districts?

Ministers to meet before parliament

His announcement of minister and departmental meet also includes the forum with governors to address more functions in the Provincial level.

“We will go through what we have done in the first six months, what we have done since government formation last August for us to report to the country in the upcoming sitting of parliament,” said the Prime Minister. “The country expects to know what we have done thus far, myself Deputy Prime Minister and senior ministers will meet to ensure the country’s report card is ready.”

Call For Inclusive Gov’t

In a letter dated 18 August 2022, CPS President, Paul Harricknen stated that government has been entrusted with responsibilities during these difficult and challenging economic times, and when the nation is coming out of one of the most challenging national general elections. 

He said the Constitution denied citizens voting rights and extensions to the return date of writs. Adding that Electoral Commission was in the spotlight because it lacked capacity, competence and inconsistencies in many decisions and actions.

PANGU Invited To Form Government

PANGU is the party with the highest number of Members of Parliament elected during the 2022 National elections.
PANGU Pati General Secretary Morris Tovebae accepted the invitation.

As in other Commonwealth realms, the party or coalition with the most seats in the parliament is invited to form a government, and its leader subsequently becomes Prime Minister. 

In this case, the member-elect for Tari Pori will be the candidate. The Prime Minister then appoints his cabinet from fellow parliament members. 

PANGU Pati has 38 MPs elected during this election.

Govt Signs Deal With Chinese Investor

This is according to Mining Minister, Johnston Tuke when signing a blanket Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last Friday, 11th of November, with a Simon Energy Resource Co. Ltd of P.R China.

The company is an upstream oil and gas subsidiary of the Jaxin Group in respect to mineral projects in PNG.

K13m Grant Assistance

The funding will be for road construction and maintenance projects in West Sepik, Manus, Milne Bay and Enga provinces

Japan’s Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Nakahara Kuniyuki said, “Japan is committed to working together with PNG for the development and the welfare of its people.

“Japan believes that road is one of the most important infrastructure to develop the country.”