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Friday, 11 May

21:00

Moresby, Melbourne court hearings will clarify future of Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The abandoned Panguna mine
The abandoned Panguna gold & copper mine - now the subject of separate court battles

KEVIN McQUILLAN | Business Advantage PNG | Pacific Media Centre

PORT MORESBY - Two court hearings next week one in Port Moresby and the other in Melbourne will help determine the future of the exploration licence for the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville.

The decision to refuse an extension of Bougainville Copper Ltds (BCL) exploration licence and to impose an indefinite moratorium over the Panguna resource followed a statutory wardens meeting in December 2017.

There was a narrow divide between those supporting the mine to be opened by Bougainville Copper Ltd and those that oppose it, according to Bougainville President John Momis.

BCL has successfully sought leave to apply for a judicial review of the decision to refuse its licence extension, citing legal and procedural concerns.

While the moratorium has been gazetted, it has no impact on existing exploration licences or applications for extension, lodged prior to the moratorium, said BCL company secretary Mark Hitchcock.

BCL remains the holder of the exploration licence until the matter is ultimately determined, he said.

BCL has held the licence since the mine closed in 1989. The company is now owned by the PNG national government (36.4%), the Autonomous Bougainville Government (36.4%), European shareholders (4%) and 23.2% through the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Rio Tinto gave away its stake in 2016.

Those opposing BCLs involvement are led by Philip Miriori, who claims chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA).

He has thrown his support behind a bid by Perth-based junior miner, RTG Mining, to gain the exploration licence, setting up a joint venture company, Central Exploration, of which RTG owns 24%.

One of RTGs major shareholders holds another 32%, and SMLOLA retains 44%.

Mirioris chairmanship of the SMLOLA remains in dispute. The 367 authorised customary heads of...

14:47

BSP announces Mobile Phone Banking on Bmobile-Vodafone network "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BSP is pleased to announce that BSP Mobile Banking Service is now available to bmobile-vodafone subscribers.  The USSD Menu-based service which was initially available to Digicel customers has now been extended to bmobile-vodafone subscribers.Customers can now register, activate and access their BSP account by dialling the short code *131#.

BSP Deputy General Manager Digital Banking, Ms Nuni Kulu, reaffirmed the bank's commitment to making financial services available for all Papua New Guineans.

"As more Papua New Guineans become more technology-savvy, BSP continues to enhance financial services. We began offering the Mobile Banking service in 2009, to Digicel subscribers, and now pleased to extend this service to bmobile-vodafone users," said Ms Kulu.

"This is part of our effort in ensuring that we make financial services more accessible for our customers and convenient which saves valuable time", she added.

For instance, if you are away and need to send money home or to your family, simply transfer funds from your account to another account and pay bills as well. You can do this anytime and anywhere with your mobile phone.

BSP Mobile Banking enables you to access your account to pay for mobile credits and electricity units in real time directly to your phone.  Avoid cash payments, and choose the cheaper way to manage your payments, without visiting the branch and certainly avoid waiting in a queue.

Register for BSP Mobile Banking to view account details on your mobile phone. Once registered, you must activate the service to access the following transactions:

Balance Enquiry: View your BSP account balance and view a mini statement. If you have more than one Account, you can link all your accounts to your registered mobile number.
Funds Transfer: Make a funds transfer from your nominated BSP account to another account with BSP or transfer funds to accounts with other Banks.
Top Up: Pay for Easipay or mobile airtime and receive the token in an SMS to your phone.
SMS Alerts: Manage SMS Alerts you want to receive for activity on your account, such as a salary alerts, which will advise you that your salary has been credited to your account.
BillPay: Pay your bills on time and manage your Billers from a growing number of companies.
BSP is pleased to welcome bmobile-vodafone customers to BSP Mobile Banking.

Register for mobi...

13:55

Nararas proudly flying PNG flag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Malum Nalu, thenational.com.pg
May 11, 2018

THE Flying Nararas from Milne Bay have been holding high the Papua New Guinea flag high internationally from their base in the United Arab Emirates.
The latest achievement was in February, 2018, when young Nigel Narara checked out on the Airbus A330 aircraft as a captain.
Two generations of pilots. Captains Nigel, Tico and Granger Matata in a photo shoot prior to Dublin, Shanghangai and Johannesburg respectively.
He is now flying as a commander on both the A330 and A320 under the mixed-fleet flying programme with Etihad Airways.
Nigel moved to the UAE as a seven-year-old year old when his father Granger Narara began flying for Emirates Airlines in 1991, after leaving Air Niugini to work with Emirates Airlines as an A310 captain
After 15 years in Emirates, Granger moved to Etihad Airways where he is currently a senior instructor on A330/340 aircraft.
Nigel completed all his primary and secondary education in the UAE and went on to Embry Riddle Aeronautical College in Prescott, Arizona, USA in 2001 to do a degree in aeronautical science, until the events of Sept 11, 2001 put an end to those dreams.
He then transferred to the Royal Queensland Aero Club at Archerfield in Brisbane in 2003 where he completed his commercial pilots license and instrument rating.
He started his flying career with Milne Bay Airlines (now PNG Air), where he worked from 2004 to 2006, flying the Twin-Otter based in Port Moresby and Kairik in Enga.
In 2007, Nigel was able to secure a job as a cadet first officer with Air Arabia, a low cost airline based in the UAE, flying the Airbus A320 on a regional network, until August 2012 when he was employed by Etihad as a first officer on the Airbus A330.
When the wheels of the Etihad Airways Airbus A330 Flight 055 lifted off the ground in A...

13:53

PNG welcomes funding boost from Australia and New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister  Rimbink Pato says the funding boost by Australia and New Zealand will assist Pacific nations advance their capacities to develop economically.

At the same time it will also enhance governance and security in island states, he said.

Mr Pato was responding to Australias A$1.3 billion (K3.28bn) aid package for the region handed down by Finance Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday night.

He also cited New Zealands NZ$714 million (K1.69bn) aid for the region announced by his Kiwi counterpart Winston Peters.

The big increase in their budgets by both of these close friends of PNG looks set to give Pacific Island states the opportunity to boost our capacity to develop economically and in governance and security, Mr Pato said.

Australia is already our biggest development partner in the Pacific, and to PNG in particular, but this generous increase to $1.3 billion makes it the biggest assistance package ever and so is destined to have a significant impact.

We are grateful for the support of the esteemed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his respected Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and all those other ministers I recently met with in Brisbane and London.

The extremely generous assistance for us to host APEC, nearly $20 million and to install an underwater communications cable are examples of the support, but let me also mention the funding for future leaders and many other projects too numerous to list.

Our good friend in New Zealand, Foreign Minister Winston Peters, announced a 30 per cent increase in his countrys foreign aid budget to reach NZ$714 million, and we are very pleased that this is going to the neighbourhood, to the Pacific.

Mr Pato said it had become clear during recent meetings between Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Australian and New Zealand counterparts, as well as between foreign and trade ministers, that the relationship with Papua New Guinea was highly valued.

Mr Pato said Papua New Guinea also welcomes the development assistance provided by friends such as Japan, the United States of America, South Korea and China.

12:19

Inaugural SME Digital Innovation Awards "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The inaugural SME Digital Innovative Awards HAS been launched to recognise achievements of Papua New Guinea businesses contributing to digital innovation.

The awards is the result of a partnership between ExxonMobil PNG Limited and the IBBM Enterprise Centre. The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards will be presented at the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit. It will focus on SMEs that utilise digital technology innovation as part of their processes, or that provide a service using technology. Awards will be presented across three categories including micro, small and medium enterprises. ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry, said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to recognising and encouraging SMEs that use technology platforms to continue evolving in an ever-growing digital world. Award winners will be announced at the ABAC MSME Summit being held in Port Moresby from 10 11 September 2018. Winners will receive training provided by the IBBM Enterprise Centre and equipment to support future digital endeavors. Finalists from the 2018 SME Digital Innovation Award will be nominated as finalists in the 2019 IBBM Biennial SME Awards under the digital innovation category.

12:19

Inaugural SME Digital Innovation Awards "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The inaugural SME Digital Innovative Awards HAS been launched to recognise achievements of Papua New Guinea businesses contributing to digital innovation.

The awards is the result of a partnership between ExxonMobil PNG Limited and the IBBM Enterprise Centre. The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards will be presented at the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit. It will focus on SMEs that utilise digital technology innovation as part of their processes, or that provide a service using technology. Awards will be presented across three categories including micro, small and medium enterprises. ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry, said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to recognising and encouraging SMEs that use technology platforms to continue evolving in an ever-growing digital world. Award winners will be announced at the ABAC MSME Summit being held in Port Moresby from 10 11 September 2018. Winners will receive training provided by the IBBM Enterprise Centre and equipment to support future digital endeavors. Finalists from the 2018 SME Digital Innovation Award will be nominated as finalists in the 2019 IBBM Biennial SME Awards under the digital innovation category.

00:58

PNG gas project may spark new civil war "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Armed clansmen in the town of Komo in Papua New Guineas Hela Province. Photo Michael Main.

Australian Associated Press | 10 May 2018

A new report on a partly Australian-funded Papua New Guinea gas project warns landowner discontent could spiral out of control.

A partly Australian-funded liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guineas southern highlands has the hallmarks of another Bougainville civil war, a new report warns.

The ExxonMobil-led project, which attracted a half billion dollar Australian government loan in 2009, supplies eight million tonnes of gas a year to Japan, South Korea and China.

Despite gas flowing since 2014, landowners in Hela province are yet to receive royalty payments, resulting in escalating tensions, tribal violence, incidents of hostage-taking, blockades and sabotage.

A new report from Australian think tank Jubilee Australia warns there are risks landowner discontent could spiral out of control and might force the PNG government into a m...

00:03

Frustration builds around PNGs LNG project rights group "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades

Radio New Zealand

An Australian human rights NGO says there is a lot of frustration in Papua New Guineas Hela province at the lack of benefits from the huge LNG project.

Jubilee Australia has just issued the second of several reports into the $US19 billion dollar ExxonMobil project.

The first report detailed the failure of the scheme, and the PNG Government, to deliver of huge promises of dramatic economic growth, many more jobs and much higher wages.

Now Jubilees Luke Fletcher says in Hela, where most of the project is sited, people have not received any royalty payments and none of the promised infrastructure improvements have been made.

Now those promises were probably overinflated but the point is that people were expecting it, Mr Fletcher said.

Quality of life is not good, it h...

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Thursday, 10 May

22:00

Development workers behaving badly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Now that the waves of reactions and counter-reactions have subsided, I ask if it is possible to rethink the infamous Oxfam incident. To put it briefly, the charitys high-level professionals have been reported to have indulged in partying with sex workers in earthquake-affected Haiti, where prostitution is legally prohibited. These officials were on mission to borrow a term widely used by development donors such as the World Bank for recipient country visits by their staff so the news recently made global headlines, and Oxfam was heavily criticised and ostracised for its handling of the affair.

I ask: is it possible to look past the morass of moral indignation and strong rebuke or of subtle support and justification?

Is it really the much-awaited #MeToo or #TimesUp moment of the development industry?

Is this the first time that development workers indulged a little bit in their hardship postings in poor, war-torn, disaster-wrecked countries?

From personal experience, I know that when they are in the field, trying to improve the lives of those millions of poor, development workers create and live within a small, artificial, sanitised Western microcosm. This cloistered, artificial and tiny world is far removed from that of the locals. It is not only the consultants who bring their social expertise to development projects that live that way, but also others, such as the engineer who goes there to builds roads or bridges. All manner of experts and good Samaritans who fall in between follow pretty much the same noble path of living the life of air-conditioned development.

There are certain common features of this life that they live when working on development projects. For example, some would go on weekend jaunts of hash runs on tracks winding through the slums and the narrow streets of the city where they are based, working up a profuse sweat to end up drinking bottles of beer. Most often, the locals look on at this funny-crazy behaviour with utter disbelief and amazement. Sometimes, these consultants would quixotically buy a heavy four-wheel-drive vehicle to gear up for their hardship posting on arrival in a city, for example, like Dhaka, where traffic speeds average less than ten kilometres per hour on congested roads.

The air-conditioned development industry works because of the ways societies, communities, and peoples are saturated with power inequities across the globe. Critical perspectives...

21:30

Fortnightly Links: aid data, donors and spending, how to rig an election, and more "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The OECD has a detailed new report on how much aid donors give to civil society and what its spent on.

Jo Chandlers beautiful reporting for the Monthly puts human faces on the sometimes dry topic of the resource curse in Papua New Guinea.

Continuing their tradition of clearly communicating the findings of robust evaluations, Oxfam UK have a handy summary of what they learned about evaluating womens empowerment projects through a meta-analysis.

DFAT have updated their high-level aid data (and in user friendly spreadsheets too!). Access it all here.

A fascinating podcast on how to rig an election, covering the types of electoral fraud and the logic underpinning it.

The post Fortnightly Links: aid data, donors and spending, how to rig an election, and more appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

20:00

Pacific journalists launch environment group at media summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PEJN launch in Tonga
Moses Steven, Imelda Abano & Iliesa Tora cut the cake to mark the launch of the Pacific Environment Journalist Network

STAFF CORRESPONDENT | Pacific Environment Journalist Network | Pacific Media Watch

NUKU'ALOFA - The Pacific Environment Journalist Network (PEJN) has been officially launched in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on the eve of the opening of the 5th Pacific Media Summit.

It aims to bring together journalists who are interested in reporting on environment issues and to provide them with the space, training and resources to do so.

It is time Pacific Islanders tell the world their own stories and this is a part of it. I would like to congratulate everyone behind it, said Pacific Islands News Association president Moses Steven.

He said PEJN should work with national media organisations to develop and grow reporting on environment issues because "we have to take ownership of our stories".

Earth Journalism Networks Imelda Abano said it was important to have such networks to strengthen and improve the quality and quantity of environment reporting in the Pacific.

PEJN is registered in Tonga and will have its secretariat in Tonga and the founding members had their first meeting in Nuku'alofa to elect office bearers.

PEJN is made up of 10 Pacific journalists who won awards to attend and report on the 23rd Conference of the Parties in Bonn, Germany, in November last year.

Membership will be open to journalists from across the region.

19:00

Creativity: Scaling the loftiest peaks of the mind "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Power-of-the-mindSIMON DAVIDSON

KOKOPO - The mind is the most complex organ in the cosmos. It is one of Gods masterpieces. Neuroscientists call it the two pound universe.

Yes, weighing only two pounds it contains billions of neurons and trillions interconnections. It is the mechanism that controls human life.

The brain is also the source of creativity and innovation. Elegant prose, scintillating art, breathtaking melody, the loftiest religious abstractions, the digital marvels of the 21st century everything. All engineered by the brain.

How does one access this creative citadel? Many of the most creative minds that have graced our planet have revealed that they take time to be alone, to meditate, to imagine and to create.

As people meditate, the critical left brain enters a default state to reach what psychologist Mihly Cskszentmihlyi calls the flow state - where the brain performs at its peak.

Meditation opens the creative right brain to access the imagination, where creative thinking takes place.

During meditative imagineering, the mind takes a mental leap and transcends the limits of logical thought, creating a breakthrough to new ideas or innovation. 

I see in my mind what I want to paint and paint what I see, said artist Vincent van Gogh on creating his art via imagination.

And physicist Albert Einstein, imagining what it would be like to ride on a beam of light, formulated the general theory of relativity.

By meditating and harnessing the powers of the imagination, creative minds have been able to make inspired leaps and produced work of great originality, almost magical and other worldly, alive with the spark of genius.

Through the power of imagination, one can reach the loftiest peaks of the mind and be a creative genius like Edison, Mozart, Einstein, Dickens and so many more great and original thinkers.

10:32

Gaubin Health Centre needs recognition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Gaubin Health Centre in Simkar District of Madang province needs major facelift to function as a level four hospital.

At present, the Lutheran run health facility is only on level three referral health centre catering for more than 70 thousand population in the Island and other nearby mainland too.

A team of health facilities and experts from the National Department of Health had visited the site last week to access the facility.

Team leader and health facilities Manager, Ambrose Kwaramb has addressed a capacity crowd at the Gaubin that the health centre needs rehabilitation and manpower and that more improvement was needed.

The health centre looks massive in size. From the outside view, you are already a hospital but we have standards to assess the facility, Mr Kwaramb said.

However, we follow standard requirements that calls for health facilities to be rated accordingly.
The team identified many areas that needs to be installed to elevate to a hospital level though, the Gaubin health center has claimed the health centre has operated as a hospital.

Most of the requirement for a level four is not here including dental care, anesthetics, consultation services and more, Chief Radiologist of the country, Dr Dora Lenturut-Katal said.

The health centre needed more infrastructure maintenances including sewage pipe, twenty-four hour safe water running system and proper disposal areas and the rooms needs more arrangements, Dr Lenturut said.

The health centre was built during colonial era in 1970 from war wreckages from Finchafen District in Morobe Province by a German Doctor, Edwin Tscharke.

The health centre was formally named after the founder as Tscharke Memorial Hospital, according to German orthopedic surgeon and German national Doctor Florien Schwoebel.

Dr Schwoebles wife Katri is also a doctor who assists in her free time. The duo works around the clock with the help of a local staff to maintain the flow of service delivery.

Meanwhile, the member for Sumkar Hon Chris Yar Nangoi, welcome the response by the National Department of Health and the Health Minister Dr Puka Temu for making time available to visit Gaubin.

Hon Nangoi made a call earlier in the last Parliament for his health centre and he was determined to help in areas where his people needed help stating that his focus is on health.
...

10:30

RSIPF participate in Woodford Careers Marketing program "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIPF) participated in the Woodford International School careers exhibition program on 9 May at the School in East Honiara.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) Mr Simpson Pogeava says, Officers who took part were from the National Community Policing, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Fire & Rescue Services, Traffic officers, Human Resources and Police Response Team (PRT).
AC Says, As part of the exhibition program, officers of the RSIPF conducted talks on different topics to the host and participating schools on different services provided by the RSIPF to the communities.
Fire and Rescue Services did a demonstration on firefighting as part of the capability in response to a fire incidence, Mr Pogeava said.
He says, A lot of questions were asked during the program by students and other people who visited to find out about the different services the RSIPF is providing to the people of Solomon Islands.
AC Pogeava further adds: I would like to thank my officers for their efforts and preparation to participate during the Careers Marketing program.


04:03

Papua New Guinea welcomes Pacific funding boost by Australia and New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea welcomes the enhanced financial commitment of Australia and New Zealand to the Pacific, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato said today.
The big increase in their budgets by both of these close friends of PNG looks set to give Pacific Island states the opportunity to boost our capacity to develop economically and in governance and security,Pato said.
Australia is already our biggest development partner in the Pacific, and to PNG in particular, but this generous increase to $1.3 billion makes it the biggest assistance package ever and so is destined to have a significant impact.
We are grateful for the support of the esteemed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his respected Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and all those other ministers I recently met with in Brisbane and London.
The extremely generous assistance for us to host APECnearly $20 millionand to install an underwater communications cable are examples of the support, but let me also mention the funding for future leaders and many other projects too numerous to list.
Pato  New Zealand, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced a 30 per cent increase in his countrys foreign aid budget to reach NZ$714 million, "and we are very pleased that this is going to the neighbourhood, to the Pacific".
Pato said it had become clear during recent meetings between Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Australian and New Zealand counterparts, as well as between foreign and trade ministers, that the relationship with Papua New Guinea was highly valued.
As the Pacific Island country with the biggest population, land area and economy, we were strong advocates for boosting the economic, security and general development of all the Pacific Island Forum states and territories, and that was well received by our allies, the Australians and New Zealanders.

Blue Pacific

 Pato said it was time for the Blue Pacific to become a model of development, security and stability, and environmental protection and resilience.
Our countries form an ocean continent and cover a third of the worlds surface, and if we can move ahead in peace and prosperity, then that is a good example to the rest of the world," he said.
The recent renewed interest in the region by the United Kingdom and France is also a good sign that we will have more opportunities to improve the daily lives of our citizens and the future opportunities for their children.
Pato said Papua New Guinea also welcomes the development assistance provided by friends such as Japan, the United States of America, South Korea and the Peoples Republic of China.
We encourage those friends to play an appropriate economic and security role in the Pacific as I mentioned, for example to Chinas foreign minister, His Excellency Wang Yi j...

03:44

Australian development assistance to Papua New Guinea increases by $26 million "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

2018/2019 Budget - Papua New Guinea

Australia has a strong and enduring partnership with Papua New Guinea, our nearest neighbour.

Close cooperation on economic, security, and development matters, as well as a broad range of people-to-people links, highlight the depth and breadth of our relationship.

Development cooperation with Papua New Guinea


  • Total Australian official development assistance to Papua New Guinea (PNG) will rise from $546.3 million in 2017/18 to $572.2 million in the 2018/19 financial year



  • The bilateral allocation is estimated at $519.5 million, which includes: 

- $62 million for commitments under the Joint Understanding;
- $29.6 million towards the high-speed undersea telecommunications cable; and
- over $400 million to support ongoing programs targeting health, education, - infrastructure, law and justice, gender and subnational priorities in PNG.

Supporting PNG to host APEC in 2018
Australia is expanding its support to bolster PNGs hosting of APEC:

  • $14.4 million to strengthen PNGs cyber security capabilities in the lead up to hosting APEC Leaders Week and beyond; 
  • Up to $10 million  to boost internet connectivity  and strengthen telecommunications; and 
  • $5.4 million in support for policing, fire fighting and other hosting assistance.

This brings our total support for PNGs hosting of APEC to $130 million.

Australias development assistance priorities

In 201819, Australian support for PNG will focus on:

  • supporting the future digital economy through the delivery of a new undersea high-speed telecommunications cable from Australia to Port Moresby, a project that will have a positive impact on business engagement and significant social benefits 
  • improving the lives of women and girls across all areas of work through investments that: enhance womens voice in decision-making, leadership and peace building; promote economic empowerment; end violence against women and girls; and increase access to support services
  • enabling economic growth by investing in infrastructure, innovation and business partnerships; leveraging finance for development; supporting agriculture and rural development; improving the business enabling environment; developing improved financial markets; and deepening financial inclusion 
  • su...

02:50

Court hearings in Port Moresby and Melbourne over future of Bougainvilles Panguna copper mine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The abandoned Panguna copper mine. Credit Sydney Morning Herald

Kevin McQuillan | Business Advantage | 8 May 2018

Two court hearings on May 17, one in Port Moresby and the other in Melbourne, will help determine the future of the exploration licence for the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville. Business Advantage PNG looks at the ongoing competition for th...

02:14

RICHARD MENDANI KEREMA'S WORTHLESS MP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



by BENNY MALAISA
Gulf is a largely waterlogged province and many habitats, hamlets and communities are cut off from each other and accessibility to services from the outside. Most remote service providing agencies are isolated and largely dysfunctional at the most. Clinics and schools are among the most affected. Health workers and teachers refuse to work in such isolated locations where a Tin of Ox and Palm is purchased for K20.00 and a packet of rice for K10-15.00. 


With a dysfunctional provincial administration their situation is made even more trying. There are those however who take up the sacrifice and challenge. One such school is the Kakoro Primary School situated at the headwaters of the great Lakekamu River, near the border of Gulf and Morobe just where the Bulldog tracks starts on the Gulf half. It takes more than a full day of travel on a dinghy to reach the main Trans island highway. There are no shops here to sell school books, biros, uniforms or such. Everything is from Port Moresby or Bulolo in Morobe. 

They remain hardly aware of what goes on around them. On the 21st March 2017 a cheque #4565 to the tune of K41, 150.00 was drawn from the accounts of the Kerema District Development Authority supposedly development programs for the school. This cheque was drawn and paid not to the school but in the name of the District Administrator Eddie Ori. You will note that the justification is development project: Kakoro P/school but the cheque was drawn to the District Administrator. You will also note that the recipient is also the signing officer on the cheque. 

What makes it all the more interesting is that with full knowledge and in his own writing of the name of the payee and amount the Member for Kerema Open, Richard Mendani signed off clearance and approval for the payment to be made. To further see his endorsement he with his DA, Eddie Ori further went on to both sign the letter of confirmation to BSPs Paramount Banking. Both the clearance form and letter of confirmation also indicate clearly Development Project Kakoro P/school. The cheque was subsequently cashed. 

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01:28

Pacific Island trade deal diminished without PNG and Fiji and could cause harm, says report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Report on the PACER Plus trade deal between Australia New Zealand and nine Pacific Island countries admits that the absence of Papua New Guinea and Fiji significantly diminishes the value of the deal, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. It also acknowledges many of the issues raised by community organisations that could have harmful impacts in vulnerable Pacific Island economies.

Pacific Island economies already have tariff free access for their exports to Australia, so the main impact of PACER Plus is to reduce tariffs and improve access for Australian and New Zealand exports and investment.

PNG and Fiji form over 80% of the combined GDP of Pacific Island economies, but both have declined to join. Both have said that the deal offers more benefits to Australia and New Zealand than it does to them. This is significant because these are the only two economies with enough bargaining power to actually refuse the deal. Others may share this view but the deal is tied to the aid budget, explained Dr Ranald.

The Report noted the absence of any independent study of economic impacts and repeated previous recommendations that such studies should be conducted for all trade deals.

The report also acknowledges the concerns raised by AFTINET, the Public Health Association of Australia and ActionAid about potential negative impacts on small and vulnerable Pacific Island economies. Most are still local farming and fishing economies, with dispersed populations and high transport costs, and are dependent on import tariffs which make up 10 to 20 per cent of government revenue.  The World Bank has said these factors can prevent these economies from developing new industries and employment to offset the impacts of increased import competition. The loss of government revenue could also result in cuts to essential government services in areas like health and education. said Dr Ranald.

The Reports executive summary reflects these concerns about the impacts on public health, saying  that the combination of the impact of reduced revenue on public health capacit...

Wednesday, 09 May

22:14

Investor in Deep Sea Mining in PNG withdraws "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A multinational mining company has withdrawn its support from the Solwara 1 seabed mining project in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea.

In advance of its London annual general meeting this week, Anglo American has confirmed it is divesting from the project led by Canadian company Nautilus Minerals.
Nautilus plans to extract gold and copper from deep under the surface of PNGs Bismarck Sea, but it has yet to complete it equipment requirements for beginning mining, amid signs that it is struggling for finance.

Anglo American has told the Deep Sea Mining Campaign that it has exited its investment in Solwara
The campaigns Dr Helen Rosenbaum said the company indicated its minority stake in the project was inconsistent with its commitments to sustainability, human rights, and environmental stewardship.
He said it was the latest sign that Nautilus project was floundering. The PNG government has a 15 per cent equity stake in the project and has been under pressure from environmentalists and local communities to not renew Nautilus license.
Late last year, community groups in New Ireland launched legal proceedings in a bid to obtain key documents around the Solwara 1 agreement.
They accuse the government of withholding information on the projects approval and environmental impact reviews.
The legitimacy of the Solwara 1 project has been questionable right from the outset with independent reviews highlighting significant flaws in the Solwara 1 environmental impact statement.Anglo Americans divestment comes after recent high profile opposition to the worlds first planned deep-sea mining project...read more on : Pacific Mining Watch 

22:07

Pangu made right decision to join O'Neill Government "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pangu leader Samuel Basil 
Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil has reiterated that his partys decision to join the ONeill government was the right decision despite the many negative criticisms against their move in September last year.

We made the decision to move and it was a tough decision but spot on, there were many critics out there but patience always pays and its good, he said.

He said his 15 Pangu members were happy when they were given a ministry but they are now very happy that the Prime Minister has given them another ministry and another number in Cabinet.

I want to thank you Prime Minister for having trust in Pangu party and for giving us another Ministry. Thanks for the confidence and we will remain with you and we are bound to be trusted, said Mr Basil

During and leading up to the 2017 National Elections , Mr Basil who was in the opposition in the last term of parliament and his Pangu party were one of the ONeill Governments most outspoken critics.

The Pangu party under his leadership conducted a very aggressive and successful campaign in the Morobe province where many senior Government MPs from the last term were rejected and his party members were elected as MPs.

When making the move at that time he said: I have served from the Opposition ranks long enough to know that funds for district services improvement program and appropriated development project funds can be hard to access for Opposition MPs. As Bulolo MP, I have managed to secure DSIP and project funding for Bulolo district over the past 10 years. But what many do not know is that I have had to work10 times as hard, use every ability, skill and network to ensure that happens.

As a responsible parliamentary leader, I cannot subject Pangu MPs returned at the 2017 polls as well as the Independent MPs who joined later to these unnecessary hardships, Mr Basil said.

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Foreign aid suspensions: the best form of sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The size of foreign aid provided to underdeveloped countries continues to grow, and donor countries frequently employ economic assistance as a means of achieving their foreign policy goals, demanding certain policy concessions from recipient countries. The failure of recipient countries to make such policy concessions in turn leads to the suspension of economic assistance. Withdrawing foreign aid appears a useful strategy for donor countries to accomplish their foreign policy goals.

In my article, Do sanction types affect the duration of economic sanctions? The case of foreign aid, I estimate the effect of foreign aid sanctions on the timing of target governments capitulation. The data on sanctions instruments and the timing of target capitulations are gathered from the Threats and Imposition of Economic Sanctions (TIES) dataset. The results suggest that the probability that target governments acquiesce to economic sanctions is about four to five times higher when foreign aid suspension is employed than when other types of sanctions instruments are used, such as trade restrictions or asset freezes. I argue that these non-aid type sanctions affect the overall economy of target states and that their costs are not concentrated on the crucial regime supporters, but distributed to a wide range of domestic groups. Accordingly, the coercive effect of aid suspension is greater than other types of sanctions. However, this coercive advantage of foreign aid sanctions disappears after approximately two and half years.

The coercive advantage of foreign aid suspension over other types of sanctions instruments is mainly attributable to the biased distribution of foreign aid in favour of elites and crucial regime supporters of target states. Suspending foreign aid inflicts major economic costs on the crucial support bases of target governments, which jeopardises their political stability. To stay in office, target governments must be able to provide these groups with substantial political and economic benefits. Concessions to sanctioning countries demands may lead to the lifting of sanctions and the restoration of economic benefits to crucial regime supporters. Consequently, target governments tend to quickly acquiesce to foreign aid sanctions in order to protect elites and regime supporters.

It is puzzling that foreign aid tends to be distributed more to rich elites and regime supporters rather than to the needy in recipient countries. One notable purpose of foreign aid is to help poor underdeveloped countries achieve higher living standards and to assist poor people in these countries to rise out of poverty. The fundamental assumption underlying this statement is that foreign aid effectively tar...

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