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U.S 10-year stability plan for PNG

The 10-Year Strategic Plan outlines a targeted approach to integrating US diplomatic, development, and security efforts in PNG toward three overarching shared objectives:

Catholic professionals slam gov’t decision

These were the words spoken by prominent Lawyer and President of Catholic Professionals Society PNG, Paul Harricknen, during a press conference on Thursday 16th March 2023, at the Catholic Bishops Conference Centre in Waigani.

 An opening prayer and remarks were given by Sr Daisy Lisania, Secretary for Social Communications CBCPNGSI, before statements were given by keynote speakers, Mr Harricknen; and Member of CPSPNG, Michael Varpik.

Present were members of CPS, staff of CBCPNGSI, and media personnel.

Parliament Passes Landmark National Trade Bill

The bill was presented by the Minister for International Trade and Investment, Richard Maru who, in 2017 introduced the National Trade Policy and the SME Policy and Master Plan. 

Minister Maru said the National Trade Bill 2023 was one of the most important laws in terms of trade and investment because it was set out to achieving the PNG Vision 2050 which specifically notes the importance of diversifying the economy by promoting and expanding trade and investment in the country.

NRI hails Gov’t support

The support in the construction and maintenance of the PNG Knowledge Hub Precincts including the Sir Henry Chow Building is in line with the Government’s emphasis on evidence-based decision-making and policy formulation based on data and research.  

The Government allocated K4 million for feasibility and design and approved facilities upgrade and construction from 2024. 

Opposition Leader seat remains vacant

An hour ago Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah tweeted, “I will not be in Opposition in this term of Parliament, 12 years in the Opposition is enough for my people and my party.”

As at 12pm, the government benches were filled up by Members of Parliament. More than 60 MPs are seated as they await the arrival of the Chief Justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, to conduct the election of the Speaker of Parliament.

According to Clerk of Parliament Kala Aufa, a number of writs were yet to be signed by the Governor General and brought to parliament, before formalities can begin.

JSB Resolution Signed

The signing of resolutions on Friday 22nd April signifies the acceptance of both governments regarding the resolutions of the Joint Technical Team.

The Co-chairs signed the Joint Technical Team resolutions directing that the Joint Legal Technical working group immediately commence discussions on drafting the Constitutional Regulations, commence preparations of a Report to the 11th National Parliament in 2023 and also, the JSB proper to be convened at a later date in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.

PNG Assists Solomon Islands Quell Unrest

The deployment follows Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogovare’s urgent plea to closest neighbour PNG to assist contain the civil unrest.


Commissioner Manning said the request was specific to a support to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to contain the current civil unrest in the city.

Of the 37 contingent, 14 of the personnel were Correctional Service officers, who were trained in Public Order Management during APEC 2018, while the rest are members of the RPNGC.

ABG Receives Administrative Powers

Vice Minister for Bougainville Affairs, Peter Tsiamalili said this at the National Coordination Office for Bougainville Affairs (NCOBA) Sharp Agreement Summit at the APEC Haus yesterday, Friday 26th November. Mr Tsiamalili said he was pleased at the outcome.

“I applaud both Prime Minister, James Marape and ABG President, Ishmael Toroama for their foresight and leadership in ensuring that the ABG achieves and administers its own affairs and finally exercising its full autonomy in preparation for its future political settlement.

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.