Prime Minister James Marape

No salary increases: Marape

This will be his position as a member of the Salaries and Remuneration Committee (SRC).

Marape said this after being sworn in as member of the SRC today.

The official swearing-in ceremony of three new members of the Salaries and Remuneration Committee was held at Government House and signed off by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae.

They included Prime Minister Marape, Public Service Minister Wesley Nukundj and Deputy Secretary Policy & Reforms of the Department of Personnel Management, William Hapipai.

PM urges IRC to step up

Companies who evade tax have been warned that strict penalties will be applied going forward.

Prime Minister James Marape, while on a visit to the Internal Revenue Commission Office with Treasurer Sam Basil, warned big companies who have been evading tax that their time is up, and they must own up as forensic audit will be conducted.

Aus asked to cancel Paladin contract

Marape said the process has begun and is expected to take several weeks.

He made the official statement in Parliament following questions raised by the Opposition regarding the Paladin contract and Supreme Court orders pertaining to the closure of the Regional Processing Centre.

I will resign if implicated: PM

Marape made this statement in Parliament when responding to questions raised yesterday.

He said the inquiry will begin soon and those implicated must face the full force of justice.

PM Marape went on and urged the Ombudsman Commission to go beyond their investigation and hold those implicated accountable.

“I am not fearful of this inquiry. If I am found to have conducted improperly when the inquiry is terminated, I will be the first one to resign from this office, Mr Speaker,” he said.

CoI into controversial UBS loan

Prime Minister James Marape announced this in Parliament on June 26th while giving his statement on the Ombudsman Commission Report.

Marape stated that a full Commission of Inquiry will be conducted into the alleged improper borrowing of A$1.239 billion from the UBS and those implicated will be dealt with accordingly.

Vice ministers appointed

Marape visits ANGAU Hospital redevelopment

Delivered under the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership, the ANGAU redevelopment will provide a world-class hospital in Lae. The project also includes upgrades to five health clinics in Bulolo, Wau, Mutzing, Etep and Braun, ensuring better health service delivery in remote communities.

During the visit, Prime Minister Marape and High Commissioner Davis opened the new ANGAU Haus Lotu, the hospital’s multi-denominational chapel. The chapel will not only function as a place of worship and reflection, but also as a facility for meetings, conferences and presentations.

PM speaks of quality education

However, with free education, one must speak about the quality of education for those children who are in school.

These were the remarks of Prime Minister James Marape when addressing the nation recently.

He admitted that challenges as a nation in the education sector remain.

He further said: “When providing healthcare to the 8 million citizens of this country, we must not just talk about basic health care but specialist health care, where basic healthcare also entails the quality aspect.

New Treasurer tasked to review tax arrangements

Minister Basil said this during the handover takeover of the Treasury Ministry on Thursday in Port Moresby.

Basil takes over Treasury from Charles Abel, who is now Finance Minister.

Treasurer Basil said the Terms of Reference given to him by Prime Minister Marape are in line with the Prime Minister’s goal of PNG being the richest black Christian nation.

The ToR includes:

PM clarifies stance on investors

In announcing to the country the new Petroleum Minister, he said regime shifts will also be made to ensure everyone benefits.

While laws in the resource sector are outdated and need to be reviewed to benefit everyone, including landowners, the Prime Minister has maintained foreign investors are welcome in the country.

“ExxonMobil, Total, Santos, Nippon Oil – they’ve been with us for a long time…improving in areas of greater market, content, in areas of greater participation. We are tired of being grant collectors,” stated the PM.