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USA Celebrates 246th Independence

The 246 years of Independence was celebrated with displays of American heritage in costumes, musical entertainment and delicacies.

US Embassy Chargé d'affaires, Joe Zadrozny commended the sponsors for making the event possible and a success. The support was provided by sponsors Exxon Mobil, PNG LNG, Deloittes, Niu Ford, Coca Cola Euro Pacific Partners, SNP Brewery, Santos, Hastings Deering, Hilton Hotel, 2020 Energy and International SOS.

U.S $2.5 million Implementation letter signed

The document was signed through USAID and the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM).

The funding highlights the continued commitment by the American people in advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific through their strengthened U.S.-Pacific partnerships for sustainable, prosperous, inclusive, secure, and democratically empowered societies.

MoU Paves Way Forward

This MoU paves the way forward for both associations to strengthen their work in terms of gender-based violence and sorcery accusation related violence in respective communities and in the country as well.

Present to deliver the keynote address was Founder of HRDA PNG, Linda Tule who spoke of the MoU and the work that HRDA do.

She said, “The purpose of the MoU is to safeguard and empower women, girls and people in respective communities to know and claim their rights to live life in all its fullness without fear of violence.”

Business Initiative Launched To Support Women

The initiative is a collaborative effort of the United States Government via USAID, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), and Mibank.

This year’s theme for IWD is ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’. The event was launched in Tubusereia Village, Central Province.  

The Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion (CEFI), the provincial government, were joined by representatives of USAID, DFC and MiBank, to give local women an opportunity to boost their small businesses. 

Police Receive Narcotics Identification Test Kits

The test kits will allow Police to identify the total amount of methamphetamine (meth) and cocaine seized during a raid last month at the Sanctuary Hotel in Port Moresby.

During the raid on November 16, 2021, the Saki Bomb Operation uncovered a mini meth lab including unlicensed firearms and live ammunitions inside a hotel room. 

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Special Operations, Donald Yamasombi requested drug testing kits from Homeland Security, so police can identify how much dangerous drugs were discovered to help in swift prosecution.

Workshop Empowers Women In ICT

The four-day virtual ‘Empowering Women in ICT’ workshop was held recently and is in line with the U.S. Embassy’s mission priorities in terms of overall economic prosperity for its women empowerment initiatives.

The Embassy’s long-standing partnership with ExxonMobil PNG made it possible for these women in ICT to share and network their diverse experiences in the field of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

U.S Grant to Fund Marine Restoration Projects in Central Province

Approximately K60, 000 was awarded to the Kyeema Foundation’s marine restoration project, being carried out in Tubusereia and Ala’ala villages in the Central Province.

The grant was based on the outline of their project. The key issue being the rapid decline of coral reef fisheries over the past five decades due to increased fishing pressure and climate change, while focusing on coral reefs substantial contribution to the food and livelihood security of coastal communities.

US visa fee changes

These changes will increase the fee and/or decrease the validity for the visa categories below, and are commensurate to those imposed by the Government of Papua New Guinea on U.S. citizens. 

Former reciprocity fees/validities are in parentheses.

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Jurisdiction over US serviceman’s death queried

The NCD Metropolitan police commander, Perou N'Dranou, said since the death last Thursday, no information has been forthcoming from the embassy to assist police in their investigations.

He says given that the death occurred on PNG soil, the jurisdiction would fall to the local police to investigate.

US Embassy steps up preps ahead of APEC

Ambassador Catherine Ebert- Gray made the announcement during the recently held PNG-US Alumni annual general meeting.

“We just returned from an offsite where we scoped out APEC calendars, roles, activities and preparations.  The size of the American delegation to APEC fits the importance we place on a region which accounts for 55% of the world’s GDP, 44% of the world’s trade, and 40% of the world population,” said the ambassador.