Patrick Pruaitch

Pruaitch Welcomes Equity Distribution

“Aspects of the settlement may not be fully in line with the spirit and letter of original government plans, but it is heartening that decade-old issues can finally be put to rest so policymakers can concentrate on future growth and prosperity,” Mr Pruaitch said.

He said when late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare laid ground rules for negotiation of the PNG LNG Project, foremost among these was his determination not to sell down the PNG government’s project equity, he had the national interest at heart.

Pruaitch suspended

Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika today announced the appointment of a Leadership Tribunal to inquire into allegations against Pruaitch.

The appointment follows a request by the Public Prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin, to the Chief Justice under Section 27(2) and 27(7)(e) of the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.

The Tribunal is to be chaired by Justice Nicholas Miviri while its other members are senior magistrates Michael Apie’e and Nancy Lipai.

The date of inquiry will be set by the Tribunal.

China donates US$300K for COVID-19 response

The cheque was presented to the Foreign Affairs Minister and International Trade Minister, Patrick Pruaitch, at the Port Moresby General Hospital on Tuesday, March 31st.

Chinese Ambassador, Xue Bing, said PNG has been supporting the Chinese Government since the outbreak of Corona virus in Wuhan, China.

This is a reciprocal gesture to the PNG government.


PNG in contact with remaining students in China

PNG High Commissioner to New Zealand, Francis Agwi, also said he was informed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs that no one at the isolation facility in Whangaparoa, including the 17 PNG students who were evacuated out of Wuhan by the New Zealand government, has shown any signs of infection, nor been tested positive for Novel Coronavirus.

The department also said Kundu Beijing is very much aware of the dire situation that other students are in, as prices of food, water, medical fees, electricity and masks have dramatically increased since the virus outbreak. 

Pruaitch joins Marape-Steven Government

Pruaitch made the announcement today witnessed by Prime Minister James Marape and other Government Ministers and MPs.

National Alliance party had 19 members in the National Parliament. ,

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Picture courtesy of Tony Maben

NA members join Govt with Party leader’s blessing

Pruaitch said four National Alliance MPs – Kavieng MP and Treasurer Ling-Stuckey, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird, Namatani MP Walter Schaubelt and North Fly MP James Donald – joined the government ranks together with Northern Governor Gary Juffa.

“The National Alliance believes that as Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey will drive a rational economic agenda that will be in the best interests of all Papua New Guineans. As a party we have spent considerable time working on an agenda for economic recovery and some of those policies can now be implemented.

Cabinet reshuffle dangerous: Former PM

In a statement released today, Peter O'Neill said: “The Prime Minister has the prerogative to appoint anyone he pleases at his absolute discretion but the appointment of the Opposition Shadow Treasurer to the Treasurer’s post is a gross insult to Members who voted him into office.

Rural electrification a must: MP

This is because the rural people are the backbone of the agriculture industry in Papua New Guinea.

Leader of the Opposition and Member for Aitape-Lumi, Patrick Pruaitch, said this at the launching of the K5 million rural electrification program for the villages surrounding Aitape after a long delay over landowner issues.

The project was initiated in 2009 for the surrounding villages of Aitape; from Taji airstrip on the East Coast of Aitape to Raiyu village and into Aitape town and further up to the West Coast of Aitape to the villages of Yakoi and Tepir.

Pruaitch is Alternate PM nominee

Tari-Pori MP, James Marape, made the official announcement before this afternoon’s Parliament sitting.

Marape said Pruaitch has the full backing of the alternative camp and congratulated him.

Pruaitch expressed gratitude to the 67 members in the Laguna Camp for having the confidence in him.

He said he is humbled by the nomination.

Pruaitch said the Alternative Government will look at serious national issues and they are ready to move forward with the people of the country.

Secret ballot to nominate alternative PM

Leader Patrick Pruaitch said a secret ballot among the team of opposition MPs is an ideal way to select a consensus leader as their alternate Prime Minister. 

“Many Papua New Guineans are praying that the new coalition of like-minded leaders and political parties will forge a socio-political course that brings hope and new opportunities, including improved living conditions for the PNG people.