Richard Maru

Wutung-Vanimo power project announced

This project will be through a power purchase agreement with an Indonesian state power company.

The arrangement will supply power to around 10,000 people living in five major villages of Lido, Waromo, Yako, Mushu, and Wutung as well as the K90 million Wutung Border complex to enable border agencies to become fully operational.

Minister Maru said it will be an historic arrangement and for the first time in this country, where PPL is considering buying power through a power purchase agreement from Perusahaan Listrik Negara.

Sandaun people urged to register

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said this during the official opening of the Vanimo NID Office.

Maru said the registration of people will assist the Government as part of the proposed Special Economic Zone infrastructural plans.

Minister Maru and his delegation were greeted by locals at East Park where the Provincial NID Office has been constructed.

During the ceremony, Minister Maru urged all locals to register, as it will ensure they receive vital government services.

K2m for Enga College of Nursing

The Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, handed the funding over to Enga Governor, Chief Sir Peter Ipatas, at the second graduation ceremony for the Enga School of Nursing on Wednesday, 6th June.

Minister Maru said PNG is short of about 2,400 nurses.

“Government is very much aware of the shortage of nurses and aging nursing workforce. And the truth is this; our health indicators are among the poorest in the Pacific.

Special Economic Zone in West Sepik

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, revealed this when he arrived in Vanimo, West Sepik Province, yesterday.

Maru is leading a Government delegation on a fact finding mission to see the development of the SEZ in Sandaun.

Accompanying Minister Maru is Minister for Provincial Affairs, Kevin Isifu, PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo, Secretary Transport, Roy Mumu, Secretary for Provincial Affairs, Dickson Guinea, Water PNG Managing Director, Raka Taviri, and National and Civil Identity Registrar, Michael Kumung.

Petition against Maru dismissed

Petitioner Peter Wararu Waranaka challenged Maru’s election on six main grounds: 22 counts of bribery, undue influence, errors and omission, illegal practices, irregularities and forgery.

Waranaka was seeking a recount in the petition.

The matter went before Justice Ambeng Kandakasi for hearing one objection to competency motion, filed by Maru.

Maru’s lawyers put to court the petition was filed outside 40 days’ requirement and was incompetent. 

Increased investment needed in sector: Minister

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, in his recent discussions with Fresh Produce Development Agency, noted that there is huge potential for exports of many of PNG’s indigenous crops to overseas markets.

Maru said the country needs to look at large scale commercial food production to address food security issues in the country, and also for exports.

Minister Maru held talks with FPDA to look at some exotic crops such as the kiwi fruit, which has a significant market demand in the country.

MTDPIII Southern Region Forum underway

The Minister for National Planning, Richard Maru, opened the forum by highlighting the framework of the MTDPIII and urged District Authority CEOs to align their 5-year provincial and district plans to the national plan.

Minister Maru urged leaders of Southern Region to focus on raising revenue for their own provinces and districts because their current contribution to PNG’s national development is below average.

Seasonal worker opportunities for PNG

This is so that Papua New Guineans do not lose out in seasonal worker opportunities.

Minister for National Planning Richard Maru stated this after meeting with East Pack Limited, under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme, to see how best it can expand the number of PNG seasonal workers in New Zealand.

PNG keen on NZ investment

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said this in his current visit to New Zealand.

Maru, who is leading a delegation in New Zealand, said these are areas that New Zealand has a comparative advantage over and can enhance the business-to-business relations between both countries.

He said New Zealand is a first world nation thriving on the non-extractive industry, which is the backbone of its economy that PNG has a lot to learn from.

PNG can learn from NZ: Maru

This means looking to accelerate the poultry industry, tourism, creating employment opportunities and trade and investment prospects.

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, said taking experiences and learning from countries that have vibrant economies riding on key industries and sectors such as these is critical.

One such country is New Zealand.

“Its main export earnings come from wool, dairy products, tourism and wine making which are significant parts of their economy.”