Bougainville Leaders have condemned Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s insensitive outburst about the Bougainville Autonomy issue in Kavieng last week. “Anything to do with Bougainville must be said and done on Bougainville alone – and not in any other town or province,“ disappointed Deputy Opposition Leader and member for South Bougainville, Hon. Timothy Masiu said. During […]

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Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch has called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to release PNG LNG Project development levy funds for relief work and rehabilitation of earthquake-stricken areas in Southern Highlands, Hela and Western Province. “These funds, amounting to at some K300 million, rightfully belong to the Provincial and Local Level Governments of the gas producing […]

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“PNG is in a deep financial crisis. In such circumstances, it can be difficult to find a way out. Sometimes, going back to basics is the key – back to the fundamentals of good economic management leading to improvements in confidence. Better confidence can stimulate more investment and then higher growth and then more revenue […]

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“Getting PNG’s non-resource growth rate back to at least 5 per cent per annum requires more, better quality and better targeted investment in our country’s infrastructure. Recent years have seen massive real cuts in the government’s support for infrastructure of 51% between 2015 and 2018. This is a cause for PNG’s poor growth prospects from […]

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Increased EITI transparency very welcome – but where did all the money go?

“The Alternate Government welcomes more information being made available about resource revenues. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a very positive step forward. The release of the 2015 and 2016 reports shows the professionalism of the EITI Secretariat and the committee which supports them. Treasurer Abel’s support for the initiative is welcome, following in […]

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Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said today hosting of the APEC Summit will showcase PNG’s potential in the dynamic Asia Pacific Region, and allow other Pacific island nations to participate. “The Opposition supports an initiative that will showcase our cultural diversity and traditions, the nation’s agricultural and resource potential and our eagerness to participate in the […]

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