Monday, 13 August 2018

Laws must come into play for maximum benefit sharing for landowners

By Sam Jay Kaupa - (Mining Engineer)

THE Benefits Sharing negotiations currently ongoing in Kokopo between Wafi-Golpu landowners, PNG Gov’t and other relevant authorities must cease until we enact laws to control illicit financial flows out of PNG – do not repeat the same mistake as the PNG LNG project.

The biggest and major concern for our country and government is the existence of arrangements that facilitate illicit financial outflows. Until we enact laws to curtail this, we will always be playing a losing game in any negotiations with resource developers.  

The laws must be designed to reduce the scale and negative impact of such flows on PNG’s development and governance agenda. By some estimates, illicit flows from PNG could be as much as US $3 billion per annum but this figure – although indicative estimate may well be short of reality as accurate data does not exist for all transactions in PNG.

Immediate and obvious impacts of illicit financial outflows:
• Draining of foreign exchange reserves – currently happening in PNG.
• Reduced tax collection and royalties by Gov’t – based on profit which most companies ring-fence (discuss ring fencing in a latter post).
• Tax avoidance

Such outflows undermines and ridicules PNG’s current rule of law, stifles trade and investment and worsens macroeconomic conditions as these outflows are facilitated by numerous international tax havens such as Bermuda, British Virgin Islands etc. and secrecy jurisdictions that enables the creation and operation of millions of disguised corporations, shell companies, anonymous trust accounts, and fake charitable foundations. 

 Other techniques used include money laundering and transfer pricing – (discussed in one of my previous post where companies sell products at artificially low prices to trading partners offshore, who sells at market prices – thus making huge profits. The operating company makes less or not profit so doesn’t pay royalties and dividends to the PNG Gov’t as an equity partner).

Therefore the Gov’t must take serious prompt actions to curtail illicit financial outflows from PNG for the benefit of all Papua New Guineans into the future. The Gov’t must adopt laws, regulations and policies to encourage transparent financial transactions. 

 Moreover, PNG must reach out to the G-20 or the other forums such as the APEC Leader’s Summit in November 2018 to call for greater transparency and tighter oversight of international banks and offshore financial centres that facilitate such flows. 

This will be the perfect opportunity to raise this issue to curtail illicit financial outflows. Then when we have enough money in the country then the pie will be big enough to share. Right now we are trying to share a small slice of the pie when the larger slices are taken offshore under highly dubious and cleverly crafted financial arrangements.

Without these laws– we will never see any real tangible benefits from the exploitation of our natural resources. - I hope people read this post and make some sense out if it.


Late Paul Pora legacies live on

Late Pora was raised and grew up in Mt Hagen Central in the Villages of Dobel, Tega and Tiling in the colonel Era. He grew up as an ordinary village boy with other childern and was very fluent in the Melpa dialect or language.

He walked from Mt Hagen to Goroka in the early 50's to get educated and made to UPNG and was one of the pioneers. After gratuating from upng he had his first job with Mt Hagen Council as an Execuitive Officer.

Late Pora with the help of the village councillors started the business arm now called WAMP NGA GROUP OF COMPANIES by collecting village taxes. That was late Poras BRAIN CHILD now a conglumerate company.

He then left Hagen council and turned to Farming in his native village. As a kid i would recall seeing him driving his green land rover up and down the plots of his new farm land at Dobel waving and smiling at his farm workers.

Thats where he started his Businesss called Dobel Farming. Simply by growing vegetables and on to coffee farming. From there he ventured in to fuel retailing called Caltex, wholesale , retailing and trucking business called Hagen Hauliers.

Late Pora became a sucessful business man through shere hard work and commanded respect by all western Highlanders. He was loved and respected by village leaders, youths and all ordinaries.

He entered politics and became the most respected politician in the National Parliament.
Not only that but he became the BEST FINANCE MINISTER ......to date.

Late Pora was a man of wisdom, integrity and commanded much respect as a Businessman and has a Politician. He believed in honesty and hard work. He loved his people and his country more than wealth and riches.

HE DIED A KING WITHOUT HONOUR.
His legacies will live on.




ALLEGIANCE PARTY MEMBERSHIP CARD LAUNCH

by BRYAN KRAMER

I wish to announce with great pleasure that the Allegiance Party's inaugural Membership Card Launch cocktail reception on Saturday, 25th August, 2018 at Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby from 6pm to 9pm.

Guest speakers include:
Hon. Sir Mekere Morauta
Hon. Kerenga Kua
Hon. Allan Bird
Hon. Gary Juffa

It will be the first of four planned regional events, with the next to be held in Momase Region in Lae, followed by New Guinea Islands in Kokopo and the Highlands in Goroka. Well will inform you of the dates of those events once preparations are confirmed.

We will be releasing the first 500 cards per region at each regional launch.

Following each regional events the party will roll out its membership drive followed by provincial public launches.

The Party's annual membership fee remains at K10.00, which comes with a membership card. In an effort to advance the party's base and influence, we are encouraging the working class to also sign up to become financial contributors by agreeing to contribute an amount of K20.00 or K10.00 every fortnight.

These funds will be used to:

- establish the Party's office in each region and eventually each province;

- assist in setting up provincial and district branches;

- acquire vehicles to roll out our membership drive;

- recruit staff and volunteers to drive our administration and membership roll out;

How to get an invite to the Launch?

1) Purchase a ticket for K220.00; and

2) Sign up to be a financial contributor, contributing K20.00 per fortnight through direct deduction with your bank.

Payments maybe made through the following channels:

Direct Deposit
Mobile Banking
Internet Banking (fortnightly deduction)
Bank Standing Order Form (fortnightly deduction)

Party's Account details include:

Bank of South Pacific Wagani Commercial Branch
Name: Allegiance Party - Membership & Contributor A/C
A/C No. 7013 549 857

ANZ
Habour City Branch
Name: Allegiance Party - Membership A/C
A/C No. 1600 8810

Note: we do not have accounts with Westpac or Kina Bank.

First 100 Persons to purchase their tickets and sign up as a financial contributor will receive a Free Membership Card Launch Pack.

Don't Miss Out on a Great Event - Contact us today to book and pay for your ticket.

For more information please contact us on membership@pngallegianceparty.org or
Mobile (675) 7621 0000


PORT MORESBY - BUILDING AN AMAZING CITY FOR OURSELVES, TOURISM AND FOR THE REGION

National Capital District Governor Honourable Powes Parkop says NCDC is taking further steps to make Port Moresby an amazing city.

Parkop said they are helping to create tourism products to assist owners of hotels and guest houses, tour operators and others to develop a better sustainable tourism industry for the City as part of this Amazing City effort.

The image of the city and the country are mostly negative but now that the city is hosting the world leaders’ meeting, a positive image should be portrayed to highlight more of our potential and help secure a more prosperous future, he said.

As part of his tourism and hospitality policy, he has been promoting the city to be a clean, safe, peaceful, active, liveable, great and smart since taking office in 2007.

Amongst all the activities taken to transform Port Moresvy into an amazing city that is good to its residents and also for tourism, he said a website will be launched as a part of this campaign.

Apart from just showcasing an amazing Port Moresby, the campaign website will include tourist attractions and destinations that offer an experience of an amazing Port Moresby, he stated.

Such offers include:


Rehabilitation of Port Moresby Nature Park for recreational, tourism, flora and fauna, history and culture, which is attractive for all type of tourists from backpackers to up market tourists as well as locals;

On-going development of Port Moresby Adventure Park at 17-Mile for various ‘tastes of PNG', including the facilities and services offered;

A new authentic China Town in the city. With China recorded as the World’s highest number of tourists, such an attraction will be very appealing lures for the city and the country as whole;

A new casino at Paga Hill exclusively for tourists' social recreation, and entertainment and;

A new cultural Park to display our culture, traditions, artifacts and other products.

He added: “We have created a lot of things to achieve an amazing city, but a lot more needs to be done. Based on our industry sector and our economy, an area which has been neglected is the tourism and hospitality sector. It is not just on the part of our city but, of course, also part of the National government as well. We have not invested much resources and efforts as we could in the industry which I personally believe is better than gold, oil or gas."

“Tourism and hospitality is a sustainable industry. I have been pushing at the national government level to invest more in this sector. And for the city, we are equally developing what we can-that is by making our City safe, creating an environment for residents to thrive, to be bigger and better,” a determined Parkop told them.

He further stated that the industry can and will be able to provide more jobs and income earning opportunities for city residents and others across the country if developed properly.

Port Moresby is being rebranded as an amazing city to grasp the massive opportunities in trade, tourism and investment that will be sparked off by APEC summit this year, he said.

While speaking to members and guests of Skal club of NCD on Wednesday (25th) night at Laguna Hotel Governor Parkop commended them for providing tourism, hospitality, travel services, and also for improving their aspects where necessary to make the city a greater, peaceful, safe and liveable city.

He said that this is a goal or passion that they have in common.

“As your governor, the outcome I want to see is a greater city that is clean, peaceful, healthy, active, liveable, smart and safe; a place that promotes good quality life for our people and international guests. Our city is not the just the nation's capital city but it is also and can be the regional hub.

“We have to dream and aspire to be bigger and better, for our city to be an international hub as well. The world can come to experience and share our way of life. They can tell the world about our dreams, ambitions and passion to achieve a better and amazing city, because the work that I have done since becoming Governor is all about achieving that outcome," said Governor Parkop.

#amazing_city
#port_moresby_destinations





PNG news and events blog record 297,547 site hits as at 13th August, 2018.

By Blog Admin

Kaulga’s Travel Diary
blog first created in 2016¸with its first post on the 23rd July 2016, is a collection of news, updates, events and extra ordinary happenings in and around Papua New Guinea has recently hit 297,547 hits. This is great compared to some other blogs, a record of almost 300,000 in just 2 years. It captures unique stories not often covered by the mainstream media and it covers in detail with photos and videos. 


The news stories posted on this blog are for the purposes of giving the readership a positive image about Papua New Guinea and its people, economy, government and for the benefit of the next generations.

Some of its stories have been shared on Facebook in Papua New Guinea; copied and pasted to most of the Facebook groups. Some articles have also been republished by Keith Jackson on his Australia-PNG mostly popular blog PNG Attitude, http://asopa.typepad.com/.

There are so many positive and good things about PNG but the mainstream media thought bad news sells good. This maybe a common universal problem in media outlets the world over and this blog is hoping to see a new trend of media in PNG especially with the emerge of new advanced technologies.

Blockchain technology
has already talked about how it will impact the printing and media industry and hopefully this new technology will bring new developments to print media reporting and publishing in PNG.

The blog also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kaulgatraveldiary/

Happy reading and keep in tune for more positive stories to come.

Thank you.

The Admin – Kaulga’s Travel Diary blog. /13th August, 2018.






Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Who is Paias Wingti and what is his vision for Papua New Guinea?

IT was never a surprise for one of Papua New Guinea’s Prime Ministers, the youngest, Paias Wingti, to lead the country.

He was always a leader in his own right. Growing up, Paias was also very independent and a business-minded young man.

Paias was born on February 2, 1951, and has always been a Papua New Guinean political figure.

His mother, Mary Maria Punda, of the Munjika tribe, became the fifth wife of his father, Wingti Wimb. She is the only surviving wife of Wingti Wimb’s wives.

Maria Punda was born is about 1916 and had a total of five children: two boys and three girls. Only three females are still alive. She is 101 years old. Dent Wingti became the sixth and the last wife married. She had a total of nine children, of which three are male and six female. One male and four females died.

Wingti Wimb had a total of six wives and 31 children.

Out of these 17 boys and 14 girls, 10 boys died and seven are living now. Eight girls died and six still alive.

The total number of Wingti Wimb’s descendants are not known, but must be in the hundreds.

Asked about Wingti’s childhood, Punda said he was a very well-disciplined kid growing up among 32 of his siblings in a village setting. He was always the smart one among the rest.

Wingti served as the third Prime Minister between 1985 and 1988, and again from 1992 to 1994.

Wingti is a member of the Jika Tribe of the Western Highlands Province and was born in Moika village, near Mount Hagen. He did not go to school until the age of 10 but was later educated at Mount Hagen High School. He enrolled at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby in 1974, and first visited Australia as an Australian Union of Students delegate for the UPNG Student Representative Council. 

While doing his final year in economics at university, he contested the 1977 election and won the Hagen Open seat, joining Michael Somare’s Pangu Pati.

He served as Minister for Civil Aviation from 1978 until the defeat of the first Somare government in 1980, and when Somare returned to power in 1982, became Deputy Prime Minister. He split with the Pangu Pati in 1985 and formed the People’s Democratic Movement, becoming Leader of the Opposition.

In November 1985, he moved a successful no-confidence vote against the Somare government and became the third Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, aged 34. Julius Chan, the second Prime Minister, served as Wingti’s deputy. He was made a privy councillor in 1987.

He remained in power after the 1987 election after corralling a slender majority of three votes. He announced a more independent foreign policy, attempting to enhance relations with the Soviet Union, US, Japan and China. He lost a motion of no-confidence in July 1988 with changes in the shifting coalition and was succeeded by Rabbie Namaliu, the new leader of the Pangu Pati.

But Wingti returned for a further two-year stint in 1992. His second term was marked by an escalation of unrest in Bougainville, and he was ousted by Julius Chan in August 1994. Wingti continued to represent the Western Highlands in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea, although he switched from the local Hagen constituency to the provincial-level electorate in 1995.

Wingti served as the governor of Western Highlands Province from 1995 to 1997, when he was defeated for re-election by Father Robert Lak. He returned to parliament in 2002, defeating Lak to regain his seat and the governorship. He subsequently won back the leadership of the People’s Democratic Movement from Sir Mekere Morauta, who had taken over after his defeat, in 2007.

However, he was defeated in his bid for re-election at the 2007 election, losing to former student activist, Tom Olga, largely as a result of the new preferential voting system.[1]. Wingti, along with fellow former Prime Minister Rabbie Namaliu, were the most high-profile losers of the election.

Additionally, Wingti lost the governorship of Western Highlands Province to Olga. The People’s Democratic Movement also suffered a major defeat in the election, losing several seats. He nominated to contest the July 2012 National Elections and defeated Tom Olga by 112,640 votes to 89,195, a difference of 23,445 votes and was elected Governor of Western Highlands Province.

He was one of the three former prime Ministers who backed Peter O’Neill to be retained as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea at Parliament House on August 3, 2012.

In the current O-Neill-Abel Government, Mr. Wingti is pushing for China’s ‘Super Highway’ to connect PNG.

The former Prime Minister Paias Wingti has suggested that PNG put up its future mineral, oil and gas resources as collateral and invite China to build a network of ‘super highways’ to connect the country.

The Western Highlands Governor suggested that ‘we give five or 10 per cent of the mining resources that are going to come’ to China and ‘give it to them and tell them to open up this country’.

He said China, the emerging global superpower has the energy, drive, technology and funding under its ‘One Belt Policy’ to unite Papua New Guinea by connecting its fractured and fragmented road system.

Mr Wingti, a two time former Prime Minister, said: “The next resources, tie straight to opening our road projects, from West Sepik to Western Province, the road from Sandaun to East Sepik and to Madang, Lae has got to be built, Trans Island Highway to be built, the road from Madang to Hagen onto Kikori has to be built, we have to build that and how can you do that?

“It’s very simple – Prime Minister, just do a deal with them, give five or 10 per cent of the mining resources that are going to come, give it to them and tell them to open up this country.

“China is a country, you can’t beat China, they have to come on your terms but deal with China using the one belt policy, of the present President – he is changing Europe and its come this way, seize the moment and tie up with them and when they come for the APEC meeting, Prime Minister, do a deal with them.

“Because if you don’t do that, you know what is going to happen? Nothing will happen, we will still sit here and watch each other here, nothing will happen. I know you can do it Prime Minister, the government can do it.

“Opportunity comes once, and you seize the moment or loose that opportunity,” he said.
Mr Wingti, speaking during Grievance Debate in Parliament yesterday, suggested that former governments had lost the opportunity when times were good during the Kutubu years.

“The last 10 years, and I am not criticizing anyone, when the Chief was Prime Minister, you had this golden opportunity of huge money – but I was wondering why they didn’t tie that, when the resource was going to explode in Kutubu, should insist that the highway from Lae to Komo must be made before I signed that agreement – we missed that opportunity, of the Americans building us a superhighway. We missed that opportunity,” he said.

“Today the country has changed, the resource base is much bigger now, exhaustible resource base is much bigger and the budget is much, much bigger. At the end of the day you must realise what is the big picture for this country, so that in future the country is stable – education of our people, the next is health but next but the most important one is transportation and infrastructure in this country.

“When this is emerging, what do you do with the windfall of money – you see the system of bureaucracy is one but when the money comes in, the system itself eludes and somehow you don’t see the major opportunity of the resource that’s coming.

“Today Prime Minister, you see, fear itself is a fear that will make you not take the risk, you must take color-plated risk, if you don’t take risk, you will never change this country.
“Today, the tax regime is the best tax regime and the investors are making a lot of money Prime Minister, you compare that with Norway, Denmark and Indonesia so those train resources,” he said.









































East Sepik Governor Allan Bird made an historical visit to Maprik

by Joshua Himina.
Maprik is a small rural town with the smallest land mass compared to other Districts in both East and West Sepik Provinces. But Maprik is not just a normal district nor just a political electorate. Maprik is a Service Center and an Economic Hub serving other districts including Wosera Gawi, Ambunti Drekirkir, Yangoru, Lumi and Nuku. 

The people are humble and hard working and those attributes has created this vibrant rural economy driven by the trading of vanila, cocoa, coffee, fish from the Ambunti and Gawi area, food crops and other commodities.

Today at 2pm, the economically vibrant and marvelous little rural town of Maprik came to a standstill. Travelling public, vechile owners, traders, vendors, all paused as the District stood still to welcome Hon. Allan Bird, MP Governor of East Sepik Province with His Excellency, Bruce Davis, Australian High Comisioner to Papua New Guinea and Dr. Clement Malau Provincial Administrator. Hon. Paul Dingu, MPA, Maprik Town Meyor & Deputy Chairman of Maprik DDA officially welcome the distinguish guests for and on behalf of Hon. Simon John, MP Member For Maprik. The delegation were stunt by the welcome reception of the people and speechless witnessing trading and business activities. 

First hand experience and eye witness by His Excellency, High Commissioner Bruce Davis. Everyone today can't resist the fact that the Hon. Governor Bird walking amongst them, talking and chatting with all whom he passes by.

During the short visit, the delegation visited the Maprik Hayfield Airport, National Development Bank new building construction site, the Maprik Rural Hospital, Institute of Medical Research and the Maprik SME Center.

Satisfied with the visit and looking forward to a fruitful development partnership by Maprik District with the East Sepik Provincial Government and the Australian Government to pursue major impact projects in the District.

It is on this note that the people of Maprik convey their sincere appreciation to Governor Bird, His Excellency Davis and PA Malau for having time to visit Maprik Town.

 GOD BLESS YOU ALL......