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.

USAID Enhances Voter Accessibility

USAID believes voting is for every legally aged person no matter their physical appearance or circumstance, and the workshop will enhance access for people living with disabilities (PLWDs) in PNG this coming national election.

The workshop empowered people living with disabilities to engage in the national election through conducting polling place assessments and developing reports on the findings.

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.

Youth Voter Festival Port Moresby

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and other donors have shown their support for the PNGEC in ensuring there is maximum participation of eligible youth, women and persons with disabilities in the 2022 National Election.
This is the second Youth Voter Festival hosted by IFES in the country, the first was held in Goroka early this month.

NGO’s train in project management

Training commenced on 28th February and ended on 2nd March with coordinators, financial and program staff from different NGOS attending. The Project Management training is part of the Lukautim Graun Program grant awarding process.  

USAID LGP Financial Management Training

The training in Goroka is for recipients of grants from the USAID PNG Lukautim Graun Program (LGP). 

Through the USAID’s LGP program, grants are provided enabling NGO partners to conduct activities on the ground strengthening the biodiversity conservation, women’s economic empowerment, local governance and livelihoods in PNG.

More Assistance From USAID

He made this announcement during discussions in Washington recently. “This is a welcome development and reflects the Government’s work in rebuilding international partnerships to grow the economy and improve lives,” said Mr Ling-Stuckey. 

Small Grants for Biodiversity

These funds will reduce threats to biodiversity, strengthen traditional landowners’ rights, and promote women’s economic empowerment. 

U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, Erin E. McKee at an event to announce these awards said: “Conserving PNG’s natural heritage comes at a critical time when biodiversity faces grave threats around the world, with critical species and habitats threatened at alarming rates,”

Each grant recipient will receive resources and support under USAID’s Lukautim Graun biodiversity project.  

Additional K12m COVID-19 Support

This assistance will help accelerate widespread and equitable access to and delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, strengthen health systems, and support other public health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and the recent emergence of the Delta variant in Papua New Guinea.

U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Erin E. McKee said, “Papua New Guinea is working hard to address the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic within its communities.”

USAID Provides Global Leadership

Since achieving independence in 1975, PNG has struggled to translate its natural resource wealth into sustainable social and economic development for its citizens.

Despite being one of only 17 megadiverse countries, the USAID PNG Lukautim Graun Program (LGP) aims to protect Papua New Guinea’s rich biodiversity, which is under increasing threat from industrial development, population growth, and other anthropogenic factors.