Prime Minister James Marape

PNG will not be used as a drug transit point

He made this statement after Deputy Opposition leader and member for Rabaul Dr Allan Marat raised a series of questions regarding the recent drug bust, the biggest in the history of the country.

Dr. Marat questioned Marape in Parliament on Wednesday to give an update on the recent plane crash outside Port Moresby that was carrying large sum of drugs believed to be part of a drug trafficking operation.

He further asked where the confiscated drugs were.

PM’s election remains Supreme Court matter

Namah, in his capacity as the Opposition leader, had sought court declaration over the legality of Marape’s election on May 30, 2019.

Prime Minister Marape’s election to the government’s top post remains a Supreme Court matter after a five-man bench dismissed his application to stop Namah from disputing his election as Prime Minister.

CENTRAL DONATES FOOD

The hand-over of food supplies was witnessed by Prime Minister James Marape, NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Church leaders.

The state of emergency has caused a lot of people to struggle to put food on the table during this pandemic crisis in Port Moresby.

The initiative of the Sapotim wantok foundation by the Prime Minister was to feed those who are hungry and in need in Port Moresby city, during this State of Emergency.

Marape urges MPs to work together

Prime Minister James Marape, when welcoming the MPs, urged them to work together and serve the people to the best of their ability.

Marape is confident that 2020 will be the year of transformation and implementation.

When welcoming the Members of Parliament at the first session, Marape urged them to work together in a unified spirit and serve the people well.

The Prime Minister also urged the leaders to focus on their main responsibility and that is to lead the people with distinction and abstain from corrupt practices.

Namah slams PM on P’nyang fiasco

Namah said Marape is not displaying leadership qualities but contradicting himself regarding the P’nyang Project.

He said this has also been seen with the Papua LNG Gas Agreement.

In a media conference today, the Opposition Leader said after negotiations failed between the State and ExxonMobil for a Gas Agreement on P’nyang, the Prime Minister announced that they will focus on other projects.

PM announced MGC to decide on Pnyang

Prime Minister Marape announced this in a statement after negotiations between the SNT and ExxonMobil failed to reach an Agreement on the P'nyang LNG Project.

The Prime Minister stated his displeasure over ExxonMobil failing to migrate towards a mid-point which the State takes home a better deal, instead of terms similar to concession-based gas agreements PNG.

He said he is satisfied that the SNT has subscribed to the mandate bestowed upon Petroleum Minister, Kerenga Kua, and ExxonMobil has been told what their intentions are.

Govt aims to encourage businesses to grow

Over K200 million every year will be allocated in the National Budget to ensure local businesses have low cost loan financing facilities to grow their businesses.

Prime Minister James Marape said this at PANGU Pati’s gala dinner at Hilton Hotel recently.

He said PANGU Pati is all about economic independence, and will look into creating legislative and budgetary pathways for citizens and corporate friends to be empowered to do business.

In pursuit to grow the local businesses in the country, the government will ensure every business has a fair playing field.

PM apologises following capture of vehicles

Tribesmen of the Late David Kendiyo, from Poroma District in Southern Highlands Province, blocked the junction of Hela and Kutubu and captured sixteen LNG light escort vehicles.

Late David Kendiyo was a UPNG graduate who was killed at Eight-Mile in Port Moresby two weeks ago.

In a report it was alleged that the deceased was killed by someone from Hela Province.

PM to give detailed report on highway upgrade

Governor for Jiwaka, Dr William Tongamp, had raised concerns that the K3 billion ADB funded project has been launched almost a year ago, but there are sections of the highway where work has not begun yet, including road designs.

Dr Tongamp wanted to know if the three contracting companies are fully mobilised; how much each has received already and how far they have done their share of the work.

The Jiwaka Governor was concerned that the 61 kilometre stretch of road between Simbu to Western Highlands section – which also runs through his province – has not picked up yet.

PM refutes pay cut claim

In response to the Opposition’s claim of pay cuts, the PM said: “No legitimately secured awards to teachers or proper salaries will be deducted as that is our workers’ entitlements.

“We are only concerned about duplicity, unlawful wastage and lack of productivity in our public services that we will tidy but that has nothing to do with cutting their legitimate pays or secured industrial increases.