Richard Maru

VIDEO: Manus revenue affected by closure of the Asylum Centre

Minister for Planning Richard Maru clarified this in Parliament on Wednesday.


Aust invited to invest in SEZ

The Yangoru-Saussia MP extended the invite through Australian high Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies, who recently accompanied Maru on an aerial view of the SEZ and site for an agricultural and farming project.

The project is undertaken by Israeli firm, Innovative Agri Industries (IAI), in a joint venture with the Government and Maru said the Government is looking to partner more investors for the SEZ.

High Commissioner Davis said it was an honour to be asked by the Minister to see the great opportunities in the district and province.

Investor committed to Sepik Plains projects

Chief executive officer of the Innovative Agro Industry, Lior Crystal, was part of a delegation that flew over to the Sepik Plains on Monday, Sept 18, 2017.

Other parties on the aerial inspection were the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Bruce Davis, and the CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Kautu Boutua.

The delegation was led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, and Member for Yangoru-Saussia, Richard Maru.

​Water, sanitation survey to be conducted

National Planning Minister Richard Maru stressed the importance of WASH baseline data recently during the project closing of the seawater desalination project in Manus.

He called on the Government and development partners to fund an urgent nationwide survey on water and sanitation.

Papua New Guinea’s first WASH policy highlights that more than 75 percent of Papua New Guinea’s rural population and 85 percent of the country’s urban population are expected to have better access to improved water and sanitation by 2030.

​Locals challenged to maintain project

Speaking during the closing of the saltwater desalination pilot project on Tuesday at Bipi Island, Minister Maru said the people of Manus were very privileged to benefit from such projects.

This project converts beach well water into fresh drinking water, using the technology of reverse osmosis and solar power.

He said many other atoll provinces, who also experience water shortage during the dry seasons, would want to have this but Manus is privileged.

"It’s a big investment. And delivering it here is more expensive than other places," Minister Maru said.

Planning project updates presented to new minister

Officers of the National Planning office were given an opportunity to give brief updates on the status of projects that were working on.

They also outlined their plans on how effective this projects will be on the national level.

Hakaua Harry the secretary for planning said the role of the national planning in the development of this country was an important part.

It was also an opportunity that she saw fit to acknowledge former National Planning minister Charles Abel.

NID high on the agenda for Maru

Minister Maru highlighted the slow progressing NID project that has to date seen more than K250 million spent.

He says there needs to be a review into this project, as it is a key agenda to ensure the smooth running of sectors such as national planning which in turn impact development and economic growth.

Maru adds that other sectors which also will come under review will be Fisheries, and Agricultural in particular work of organisations such as the Cocoa board.

The Minister is adamant to ensure a thorough and transparent running of the office of planning.

PNG’s first trade policy to be launched

The PNG National Trade Policy was developed over the last three years.

Caretaker Minister for Trade, Richard Maru, says this is one of the Government’s key policy achievements through the Ministry of Trade, Commence and Industry in partnership with the European Union.

The National Trade Policy was endorsed by the National Executive Council in April 2017 before the 10th National Elections.

​Maru confident of PNC’s rule

Maru was declared last night at Yangoru Station as member elect for Yangoru-Saussia District in East Sepik Province.

The PNC candidate, after the elimination round, was declared around 9pm by Returning Officer Martin Wana.

Maru, speaking after the declaration formalities, assured his people that the development projects started in his first term in Parliament will be completed.

He said PNC will form government and will not forget the people of Yangoru-Saussia.

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Maru will be declared: RO

The people of Yangoru-Saussia in East Sepik have returned Richard Maru to Parliament for his second term.