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No foreign advisor controls Govt

His response comes following claims circulating that foreign advisors are heavily influencing key Government decisions.  

The Prime Minister said, “That’s absolutely hogwash. No foreign advisor controls government.”

He appealed to the media and citizens saying, “Don’t subscribe to hearsay, don’t subscribe to hallucinations, (or) false messaging.”

“Foreign governments do not control our country, we (PNG) control our country,” PM Marape added.  

The Prime Minister emphasized that the final decision always rests with the government.

Alotau Market Completed

The facility falls under the Redevelopment of Town Markets Projects funded by the Governments of PNG and Japan.

Recently a joint team comprising of National Fisheries Authority (NFA), Milne Bay Provincial Management Team, and Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) recently visited Alotau to assess the full construction of the Facility.

The Project began in 2017 with Japan Government allocated K33 Million.

The Japan Government component has been completed while the PNG Government component will continue to next year, and anticipated to be completed in May 2020.

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Government embarks on major reforms in 2018

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, said the Government is confident in delivering to the people through these reforms.

Abel said some of these reform initiatives are aimed at reducing inefficiencies, rebasing the size and function of the public service, and re-aligning public sector functions and responsibilities to avoid duplication of roles and responsibilities.

The reforms include:

MP’s urged to work together

Speaking to the MP’s during Day Two of the National Parliament Induction Programme, Lupari said the country is currently faced by many problems covering many facets which include social and economical.

He said it was imperative now more than ever that all MPs were n cooperation to address those problems.

Lupari also highlighted the need for more connectivity between the Government and the public service.

He said he has witnessed a gradual decline in interaction which has resulted in lack of service delivery.

Foundation work on new court complex starts

From an idea that came about more than 20 years ago during the time of Chief Justice Sir Arnold Amet, the foundation phase of the new building commenced on Friday afternoon with a small but significant ceremony for the judiciary. 

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia officiated the ground breaking ceremony signifying the commencement of the main construction phase valued at K427 million which will culminate three separate courts.

Sir Salamo said the judiciary would like to see the building completed before the APEC meet so it can be commissioned during the event.

K35 million for new Kilakila Substation

The contract which was signed today between PNG Power Ltd and a Pestech will see the design, supply, construction and commissioning of the Kilakila substations infrastructure.

The PNG Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded substation will make it possible for a transformer to be taken off the line without causing any disruption to connect consumers and will have a power evacuated capability of 20MVA under normal operation.

DPE needs capacity building

Acting Secretary, Kepsy Puiye, says this has resulted in a lack of efficiency and coherence.

“We have serious issues in terms of our capacity, in terms of our human resources, in terms of infrastructure needs.

“On the other hand, you will find that the industry demands the best or demands a lot from us.

“And they have the right to demand that because they are investing billions of dollars into our country.”

Kepsie said improving their capacity is one of the major dilemmas he currently faces.

PNGEITI capacity building timely, says Puiye

Acting Secretary of the Department of Petroleum and Energy, Kepsy Puiye, said this during the signing ‘Improving Resource Related Revenue Management Project,’ between the PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PNG EITI and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Puiye said the project was timely give the expansions of resource projects in the country. He cited mining and petroleum as the expansion sectors.

Govt signs development framework with UNDP

The UNDAF outlines the partnership between PNG and the UN in delivering the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, consistent with existing national development priorities.

The agreement was signed today by Minister for National Planning and

 Monitoring and Acting Minister for Public Investment and State Enterprise, Charles Abel, and UNDP Resident Coordinator Roy Trivedy.

Minister Abel expressed gratitude on behalf of the government for the work of the UN and said there is continuous learning from the experiences learnt thus far.