Richard Maru

Government investigates ownership of Koitaki Plantation

This follows highly suspicious ownership changes of the Company’s ownership at the Companies Office at the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA).

The Government several years ago supplied hundreds of cattle from Markham to Koitaki Plantations but these herds of cattle are yet to be accounted for to date.

The Government is now working to finalise a Long Term Sustainable Economic package for the Koiari people and needs to urgently determine ownership of the Plantation as it sits on prime land in the Koiari plateau.

New rice policy irks Australia

It is understood the Australian Government is irked over PNG Government plans to provide an 80 percent quota to a proposed unknown rice importer Naime Agro Innovative Industry Limited.

Ox and Palm war takes a new twist

This was after the National Agriculture Quarantine & Inspection Authority (NAQIA) of Papua New Guinea wrote to PNG’s Trade Commerce & Industry Minister, Richard Maru advising him that as far as the Authority is concerned, Ox & Palm does not possess any bio-security risk to Fiji as claimed by Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and its Trade Minister.

NAQIA revealed that Fiji does not have in place an established biosecurity pathway (or import protocol) for PNG’s Ox & Palm and that there is no real biosecurity threat to Fiji.

East Sepik must invest more in education: Maru

The students took up courses at the Centre when it was initiated in 2013 by the Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority.

Local MP and Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Richard Maru, congratulated the students and thanked them for their hard work, sacrifices and toil over the last few years.

Maru slams Fijian counterpart for denying correspondence on restriction

Last week, the PNG Trade Minister said Fiji must respond in 14 days to why it restricts Trukai Rice, Snax biscuits and Ox and Palm to avoid retaliatory actions.

The trade imbalance between the two largest economy in the Pacific favours Fiji, with a deficit of K45 million.

"Fiji Trade Minister (Faiyaz Didiq Koya) lied to (Fiji) media that he never received a notice from us, when we wrote to him on August 15, 2016," Maru said yesterday.

He added that during the MSG meeting in Vanuatu, Fijians did not attend.

O’Neill arrives in Wewak

Accompanying him was Finance Minister James Marape, Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll, Tourism Minister Tobias Kulung, Health Minister Michael Malabag and Higher Education Minister Francis Marus.

This is PMs first official visit after his government defeated the Opposition sponsored Vote of No-Confidence motion last Friday.

Sepik Economic Zone project to be launched

The project will be located at the Sepik Plain Special Economic Zone area in the Yangoru-Saussia district. The official launch will take place at Yangoru Station.

Yangoru-Saussia MP Richard Maru during the official signing early this month said the project will create huge financial opportunities for his people.

The agreement signing was done by Kumul Consolidated Holdings and developer Innovative Agro Industry Ltd earlier in Port Moresby.

Sepik MPs support O'Neill to remain as PM

This is evident when all their Members of Parliament voted for O’Neill during a Vote of No Confidence held last Friday.

The support by all MP’s of East Sepik Province for Prime Minister O’Neill signals a new beginning for East Sepik Province as the people are looking to PM O’Neill and this current Government to finally bring in much needed developments for East Sepik Province after over 40 years of wondering in the wilderness.

Maru calls on MSG members to cooperate in trade

Maru made the call during a recently concluded MSG Trade Ministers Meeting which was held in Port Villa, Vanuatu.

He was accompanied by senior Government officials from the Departments of Trade, Commerce and Industry, National Planning and Monitoring, Attorney General and the Department of Prime Minister and NEC.

Maru sees 450,000 businesses in 15 years time

Maru revealed this on the occasion of the launching of Gumine district K2.6 million economic growth stimulus package at the invitation of the Member for Gumine and Education Minister Nick Kuman recently.

The objective of the economic stimulus package is to promote micro businesses at the district level that would eventually venture into formal Small Business Enterprise (SME) sector.

One such project that is already being identified with results is the production bulb-onion in the district.