Prime Minister James Marape

Crowd Backs PM’s Nomination

Marape for the first time nominated as Prime Minister after becoming the CEO of the country in 2019. This is his fourth term to nominate after entering politics in 2007.
Speaking during his nomination, the Prime Minister urged the people to respect the electoral process and allow for a fair and transparent election.

Meantime, straight after nominating, Marape vowed in front of his people in Tari that he will resign if PANGU Pati will not form the next Government.

Basil Did Things His Own Way: PM

The Prime Minister was speaking at the State Funeral held for the Late DPM at the Sir John Guise stadium on Tuesday.

In his address during the emotional State Funeral Service, Prime Minister Marape thanked the late parliamentarian’s family, the people of Bulolo and Morobe for returning him without fail over the last 15 years, to serve them and the country.

He said late Basil was a strong leader who did things his own way.

Probe Into Basil’s Death

The Prime Minister has instructed Police to give a full account of the last steps of the Deputy Prime Minister, the journey the oncoming driver took, and every circumstance behind what happened in the lead-up to his passing.

“A report is expected for us to bring to full conclusion the passing of our nation’s Deputy Prime Minister,” said Prime Minister Marape.

The P.M said the loss of Basil to the nation was one that words cannot express.

He added that the nation is coming to grips with the passing, for the first time, of a serving deputy prime minister.

PM Pays Tribute To Late Basil

Present to receive the casket at the airport, was Prime Minister James Marape, Minister in charge of National Events Justin Tkatchenko, fellow MPs and members of the United Labor Party.

Relatives and the general community in Port Moresby showed up to mourn with the family of the late Deputy Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Marape described the death of the late Deputy as incomprehensible and unexpected.

Gazelle People Urged To Work The Land

He made the call at Kerevat this week when launching the Gazelle Agro Industrial Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
It is a project of the Gazelle District Development Authority (DDA) of MP and Health Minister, Jelta Wong, which will focus on its rich agriculture and tuna potential.

PM Marape said he had repeated that same message throughout the country that people must turn to agriculture, with the Government financially supporting that, through price support.

PNGDF FOB Set Up In Hela

The PNGDF FOB was opened last Friday by Defence Minister, Win Daki, during PM Marape’s visit to Tari.

Also present were State Enterprises Minister William Duma, Public Service Minister Joe Sungi, Hela Governor Philip Undialu, PNGDF Commander Major-General Mark Goina and Defence Secretary John Akipe.

The establishment of the PNGDF FOB in Tari follows the signing of an agreement between the Hela Provincial Government and PNGDF in June 2020.

Harmony’s Executives Visit PNG

They met with Prime Minister James Marape to emphasise the company’s continued commitment to invest and grow in PNG.

Harmony’s financial director, Boipelo Lekubo, and senior group executive – enterprise risk and investor relations, Marian van der Walt, spoke of Harmony’s investment in PNG since 2004 and the company’s pursuit of multiple opportunities in the Morobe Province, of which the Wafi-Golpu Project is one.

Fisheries Facility launched in Lorengau

Pomalieu Nangesan - Parliamentary Chairman to Natural Resource Center, said Manus has a vast sea landmass and with this development of coastal fisheries, the Manus people and provincial government appreciate and acknowledge the launching of this project and the support of the stakeholders. 
Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea Nobuyuki Watanabe said Japan has a deep relationship with Manus especially in the agriculture field. 

PM Tables UBS Report

In 2014, the O’Neill-led Government obtained an AUD$1.3 billion loan from the Union Bank of Switzerland to acquire a 10.1% share interest in Oil Search Limited.

The UBS Loan deal attracted intense criticism from the public, international observers, and members of parliament as the deal was entered into within a very short space of time without detailed scrutiny.  

K25m to develop St Benedict’s Campus

Prime Minister James Marape said this in Wewak on Thursday, April 14 2022 when opening K25 million worth of infrastructure at Divine Word University’s St Benedict’s Campus. 

The infrastructure development includes housing for lecturers, two double classrooms, an incubation laboratory, library extension, accommodation for students, two units for visitors, and dining hall extension.

“As a Government, we are cognisant of the need to build more infrastructure for schools,” PM Marape said.