Peter O’Neill

O’Neill extends APEC invite to MSG leaders

PNG is the only MSG country who is an APEC member, and using its power as host to invite its Melanesian brothers to have the opportunity of meeting world leaders.

In his briefing as Chair on key decisions of the MSG leaders retreat, O’Neill said Papua New Guinea is the only developing Pacific Island member of APEC, and it will continue to present the views of the Pacific in the Asia-Pacific.

Hence O’Neill said PNG has a very strong commitment to share the benefits of hosting APEC with Pacific Island nations.

Sogeri missing Funds to be investigated

This is part of the Koiari benefit funds as resource owners of water and electricity into the nation’s capital.

The lower Sogeri landowners went on strike on the 9th of January, and attempted to block off the Sogeri road, after it was alleged the missing K9 million was tempered with by those in authority in government.

PM announces tax reform

O’Neill said the reassessment and any reform that follows aims to make the tax regime friendlier.

The Prime Minister announced this during the 2018 Prime Minister’s Back to Business Breakfast in Port Moresby.

Prime Minister O’Neill advised the business community, who turned up in numbers, that some of the tax rates imposed on businesses and individuals are excessive and said interventions will be done.

PM demands explanation from Correctional Services

The PM has further announced a ban on all day temporary release of prisoners, except under exceptional circumstances, until a review of procedures is undertaken, and the enactment of stronger penalties for prisoners who escape lawful custody as well as those who aide or harbour them.

“The escape of six prisoners on day release is intolerable and places communities at risk,” PM O’Neill said.

“Some of these prisoners have attempted escape in the past and should never have been allowed outside prison walls.

PM O’Neill confident on economy

O’Neill in a statement said a strong and stable government, supported by an overwhelming majority in the National Parliament, is the foundation that will guide us through the challenges and opportunities of the coming five years.

PM O’Neill said the country have been through very tough times, and there are challenges that remain but the Government will manage it amicably.

He added that the reduced world commodity prices, and the impact of drought, are among several factors that have placed pressure on our economy.

O’Neill positive for this season

“And hopefully everyone has a very safe new year and I want to stress do it in a very orderly manner.

“We want to see you next year; we hear a lot of accidents happen during Christmas and New Year.

He gave an overview of the country thus far stating some of the challenges his government has faced against these backdrops.

“ In 2014, 15 we had a long eight months of drought, we’ve created a lot of stress in our business community and of course our own people.

O’Neill invites business leaders to APEC 2018

Speaking alongside the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Vice Premier of China, H.E. Wang Yang, at the Fortune 500 Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, yesterday morning, the Prime Minister also promoted the key elements of the APEC 2018 agenda.

“Logistics and security preparations are underway for Papua New Guinea to receive the 15,000 delegates and businesspeople, as well as world leaders, who will attend APEC events next year,” PM O’Neill said.

Contractors to be held accountable

That was the clear message delivered by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when opening a new classroom in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.

“Continuing to improve education is our government’s commitment to our future generations,” he reiterated.

“Better education provides the greatest hope for our children, particularly in remote and rural areas.

“In 2018 we have allocated K1.29 billion for the education sector, which is nearly 9 percent of National Budget. This is an increase of 13 percent from the 2017 Supplementary Budget.”

PM challenges implementation of GBV laws

The PM was speaking in reference to a question raised by the East Sepik Governor Allan Bird highlighting the need for parliament to be more proactive on the agenda of gender-based violence and abuse in the country.

The Prime Minister made reference to laws and acts already in place that are designed to give protection to women, children and the most vulnerable in our society.

The PM however noted that it is the implementation of these laws which is a concern.

PM calls on Madang MP to serve people

O’Neill made the call after being asked by Kramer on where to give evidence of corrupt dealings by leaders.

The vocal Madang MP Bryan Kramer told Parliament today that he has evidence of PM O’Neill authorizing a payment requested by former Madang MP which had been found illegal by the courts.

Kramer was making a reference to a question raised by Sir Mekere Morauta yesterday in Parliament where PM responded saying he would resign if found misusing a toea belonging to the people.