Richard Maru

Fiji still to respond to ban of PNG products

Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru confirmed a letter had already been written to the Fiji Government three weeks ago about the delay in the decision after a fact finding trip to Port Moresby and Lae by a Fiji delegate.

Minister Maru said his department is following protocol to get a response. 

 “We are not happy with the delay and have summoned the Fiji High Commissioner in Fiji to chase it up with them.”

Govt to draw down new loan for PMIZ construction

Minister for Trade, Commerce and industry Richard Maru confirmed that building of infrastructures to house 10 tuna processing plants to process tuna caught in PNG waters had been delayed because the timeframe for the drawdown of the loans secured in 2011 lapsed.

“Loan had expired and also the cost had increased because of the delay, officials have been working with Exim Bank to provide us with a new loan to draw down and commence the construction.

Maru not happy with number of people working in NZ, Australia

Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru said the current number of Papua New Guineans going for New Zealand for fruit picking, work, and study is less than smaller Pacific Island member states.

He raised this with his New Zealand counterpart at a Bilateral Trade Meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru last month.  

“Yes, I told them that Papua New Guinea is dissatisfied with number of Papua New Guineans working and schooling in New Zealand, and also in Australia in that matter,” Maru said.  

Talks on visa on arrival for Papua New Guineans travelling to New Zealand

Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru revealed this in a media conference in Port Moresby.

He said visa on arrival for tourists and business visas for Papua New Guineans and New Zealanders were discussed with New Zealand Trade Minister in a Bilateral Trade Meeting at the side of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru.

Minister Maru also said a PNG Trade Investment Road show and educational tour will be organised early next year for PNG businesses and government departments to learn from their counterparts.

Russia Government invited to Papua New Guinea

“Russia is an excited new opportunity for Papua New Guinea, it’s a country we have not been doing business with, and we are excited to engage with Russia,” Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru said.

He revealed the offer had already been put on table to his Russian counterpart during a Bilateral Trade Meeting at the side of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru.

Maru said a Russian trade delegation will be in the country at the end of February 2017, and steps have already been taken to make it happen.     

Philippines trade with PNG one-sided: Maru

Maru in a media conference this morning revealed that it was one of the issues he raised with his Philippines counterpart during the Bilateral Trade Meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru.

He said now a formal diplomatic letter will be written to the Philippines Government raising the issue and request for a Duty Free Market for PNG goods exported to the Asian country of over 100 million people.   

Minister Maru said currently the trading of goods favour Philippines.

“More than 30, 000 Filipinos are working in Papua New Guinea.    

Education level in ESP drops: Maru

Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru when speaking at the officially opening of a four in one double classroom at Bugusu Elementary School in the West Yangoru LLG of Yangoru-Saussia District recently said the results of education level is frightening.

He told the packed crowd that statistics have shown that from the top 40 schools in PNG that  enroll Grade 12’s,none of them were from  East Sepik Province.

Huge potential for cattle industry in Sepik Plains

Chairman of Livestock Export Corporation of Meat and Livestock Association of Australia, David Galvin, said this after touring the Sepik Plains last weekend.

Galvin came to the Sepik Plains at the invitation of Member for Yangoru Saussia and Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry Richard Maru.

Rural areas link-up after 41 years of neglect

The people of Kamatogu village have expressed gratitude to the local member and Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru, for recognizing their need to have road access.

These people have had no road or access to basic services like health and education for the past 41 years.

Children walk kilometers to attend schools and the sick die along the road whilst walking distances to seek medical treatment.

No compo for developments, says Maru

The Local MP and Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry made this remarks during the opening of the road linking Haniak village to the Sepik Highway.

The village is under the Numbo LLG of the district.

The 1km road was constructed at the cost of K100,000 under the District Services Improvement Funds.

Present to witness the road opening was the former Secretary for the Department of National Planning, Valentine Kambori who originates from Haniak village.

Maru said Numbo LLG had received tremendous support in terms of funding in his first term in office.