Thursday, 20 December 2018

Chocolate companies to know their farmers due to climate change

Chocolate companies in the world will want to know their cocoa farmers by 2021 because of climate change effects, says Madang’s Outspan Cocoa Export Company manager Shekhar Devenidi.

He said this to farmers from Transgogol in Madang when he presented bonus payment to them from their sales for this year. Devenidi said climate change was affecting cocoa farming.

He said chocolate factories were now very selective on the type of cocoa they used.
“Because of this, these big companies will now want to know their farmers,” Devenidi said.
He said Transgogol farmers exporting their cocoa through Outspan would have a GPS mapping system installed next year.

This will enable chocolate companies to check each cocoa farm to get to know the farmers.
Outspan distributed a total bonus of K84,300 to the farmers for supplying 300 tonnes (4800 bags) of cocoa under Outspan’s Rainforest cocoa export programme.
The top five farmers were given awards. Madang provincial director for agriculture Godfrey Savi said the good news for the province was that it would most likely reach its 2022 production output of 15,000 tonnes.

Savi said so far the farmers had produced 10,000 tonnes.
He encouraged farmers not to think of short-term benefits but of long-term benefits for the future of their children.
Savi said Madang was ranked third in the country for producing cocoa on a large scale.
Meanwhile, the biggest problem farmers in the Transgogol area faced every day is transportation of their cocoa to Outspan in town.

Transgogol in Madang district has very bad road condition.
In some areas where there was no road links, families put cocoa beans into bilums and walk for long distances before reaching the main road.
They then transfer the beans into proper bags before transporting them to town.
Cocoa farmer Collins Iwap said Transgogol farmers would top the country in cocoa production but for bad roads.

“We have the land, manpower, skills and resources like fermentaries to produce more than what we are producing. Road and transport are our main obstacles,” he said.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

A short course on 'Fundamental Basics of Bitcoin' is offered in Papua New Guinea.

CryptoTech Ventures & Consultancy Limited is hosting a public event with the theme ‘Cryptotech blockchain Meet’ on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby. They are running some courses or public in Papua New Guinea.

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are made possible by what’s known as blockchain technology. Blockchain is essentially a global public ledger capable of automatically recording and verifying a high volume of digital transactions, regardless of location. The course teaches the basics of what Bitcoin is as well as delves deep into the technology side of things, cryptography, time hashing, etc.

You will also learn a great deal about Blockchain, which is actually the tech that powers Bitcoin and all other crypto currencies and also learn how to perform simple crypto currencies trading using the exchanges.


i. Gain broader knowledge and understanding on how Bitcoin, Crypto & Blockchain Market work.
ii. Learn how to setup your own Bitcoin or Altcoins wallet and start transacting.
iii. Learn how to trade crypto currencies using exchanges
iv. Bitcoin is an alternative investment, which offers exponential returns, however markets are volatile. It has a distinct advantage over other market, that being its 24/7 liquid marketplace.
v. Learn to use Bitcoin as a Hedging tool for achieving Financial Freedom and Wealth Creation.
vi. Be part of a bigger Crypto and Blockchain community

Who should attend:

i. Anyone who wants to get involved with Bitcoin & Crypto currencies
ii. Anyone who wants to know Blockchain and how it could transform your organization
iii. Anyone who wants to learn how to trade crypto currencies
iv. Anyone who would wants Financial Freedom

[Session 1: 9am - 5pm]
1. Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Technology,
2. How Bitcoin actually works; the technology, the exchanges
and the regulatory side of things,
3. Types of Blockchain and Platforms,
4. Ethereum and Smart Contracts,
5. Blockchain Use Cases for PNG,
6. Guide to setup Bitcoin & Altcoins wallets & Transaction Demo,
7. Wallet security & privacy,
8. Basic Crypto-Trading,
9. Bitcoin Economics,
10. ICOs vs. STOs,
11. And many other relevant topics.

[Session 2: 7pm - 9pm]
BeWELL Blockchain Project Presentation

Date: 23 February 2019
Day: Saturday
Time: 9am - 9pm
Venue: Lamana Hotel, Port Moresby
Speaker: John David (MBA & DBA UK, CEO & Founder of ASIA Blockchain Solutions and Cryptotech Ventures & Consultancy)

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i. Tea Breaks (Morning, Afternoon and Evening)
ii. Lunch
iii. Training Materials (Pdf copy)
iv. Certificate of Participation


i. Closing Date: 15 February 2019
ii. Registration is only confirmed once payment is done.
iii. Payment can be performed online. For beneficiary details kindly refer to our admin.
iv. This is a public event and open to anyone who is interested to learn about blockchain technology, smart contract and crypto-currencies.

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

PNG leads Pacific Island nations in Climate Change meet in Poland

THE Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) supported Papua New Guinea at the global climate change meeting in Poland to access climate finance to address related issues in PNG and member MSG countries.

MSG member countries decided to support PNG during the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24) of the United Nations Framework Convections on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which ended on Friday.

Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) managing director Ruel Yamuna, who led a government delegation from PNG to the COP 24 and other related high-level climate change meetings, said an event was organised bcy MSG focusing on the needs of Melanesian countries to accessing climate finance on the sides of COP 24 in Poland.

“The overall objective of the MSG initiative is to facilitate the mobilization of climate finance to support the needs identified by the members of the MSG which include Fiji, PNG, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu regarding the implementation of priority mitigation and adaptation actions in accordance with their nationally determined contributions (NDC’s) and national adaptation plan (NAPs) goals,” he said.

MSG Secretariat director-general Amena Yauvoli, of Fiji, stated that the MSG was the first group of countries that have used the United Nations Framework Convections on Climate Change process to garner support for the region in terms of addressing climate change.
Yamuna, who presented PNG’s needs on climate finance at the meeting, acknowledge the kind support provided by the Secretariat.

“PNG as a developing country and needs to have the right enabling framework to attract investment from different partners, including private sector and development partners to meet our needs and targets,” he said.

“We see this project as an opportunity to provide some synergies to garner support towards the implementation of our NDCs and NAPs moving forward.”

Yamuna said at the national level, PNG had started its path towards implementation by way of endorsement of the National REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Strategy last year which now guided the work of different stakeholders, especially sectors to aligning themselves with the requirements of the UNFCCC to implement REDD+ in the country.

“We have also just been given over K2 million by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) readiness programme to work with our stakeholders to prepare projects for the GCF,” he said.
“So this is the kind of support that we need to enable us to achieve our climate change goals and targets.”

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

PNG's Blockchain Pasifik proudly launches the Junior Blockchain Challenge

By PETER S. KINJAP via Garamut News

A CALL to uniquely design blockchain challenges based on real-life problems that companies and/or organizations face, thus providing true blockchain solution to solve complex situations while securing its adequate and smooth implementation are initiatives undertaken globally by various governments.

In Singapore, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), advocates for a digital economy for a smart nation and promotes a blockchain challenge that sees its participants to produce Blockchain-enabled solutions going beyond financial solutions.

The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) also facilitates Blockchain challenges to startups in Blockchain application businesses.

In Papua New Guinea, the Blockchain Pasifik, in the true spirit of inclusive, the Junior Blockchain Pasifik Challenge was launched recently, and is in full swing.

Four schools in the National Capital District, Port Moresby International School (POMIS), Kila Kila Secondary School, Don Bosco Technical Institute, and Kopkop College will participate in the inaugural challenge.

The competition requirement is for each School Team to prepare a Proof of Concept Paper on blockchain projects for PNG or the Pacific.

The teams will pitch their ideas during the PNG Leaders blockchain session on 10th October, at the grand event, and will be judged by blockchain experts from all over the world.

The top concepts will win cash prizes and possible funding from investors or government.

Outstanding individual talents will be placed in a talent pool for further development via junior internships under blockchain projects in PNG, or abroad.

All schools will undergo weekly mentoring workshops, leading up to the Main Event in October.

The Junior Blockchain Pasifik Challenge is funded by the Australian Government and facilitated by Em Stret and Blockchain Pasifik.

APEC Security Act not different from Sandline case

SHADOW Minister for Justice and Attorney General and Member for Sinesine-Yongomugl Hon. Kerenga Kua raises concern that the APEC Safety and Security Act passed in 2017 and amended in 2018 could hand over PNG’s sovereignty to foreign soldiers.    
Mr. Kua said the Act directs citizens to threat foreign soldiers and security personnel the same as members of PNG Defence Force and Royal PNG Constabulary.
“Our defence force is the only organization in PNG that protects and defends our boundaries and sovereignty,” he added.

“You can’t contract that away to somebody else. Somebody tried to do it before in the Sandline case and the people of PNG thrashed it. Well, it’s happening again this time around, under the guise of APEC,” Mr. Kua said.

“If foreign soldiers or security forces happen to be involved in a shootout, somebody gets killed or murdered or injured, you can’t prosecute them. The law absolves that of all responsibility,” he said.

Foreign media has described PNG as the poorest nation amongst the APEC member countries and hosting the APEC Summit 2018 as ‘white elephant’. - Via Garamut News.

Australia ready to fund naval base on Manus Island

DISCUSSIONS are going on between Canberra and Port Moresby to upgrade the PNG Defence Force Lombrum naval base in Manus Island. Australian Defence Secretary Greg Moriarty said Australia would likely to shoulder most of the costs.

“We would take the lion’s share of the funding if discussions go well,” Moriarty said.

The Australian Government is expected to spend $40 million on Defence projects in PNG this financial year – 2018.

The Lombrum naval base was built by US forces in 1944, an 800 square-mile rock in the Bismarck Sea and they built wharves, a 900-foot runway and accommodation for tens of thousands of troops. It was a venue for trials of Japanese war criminals.

Foreign media reports PNG Island touted as potential base for US and Australia warships. - Via Garamut News.    

Colombian LO exile in PNG chosen for human rights award

A Colombian landowner, Marino Cordoba Berrio, who is a member of the Afro-Colombian ethnic group, currently a refugee in Papua New Guinea on the Manus Island has been nominated for the human rights award together with two refugees from Turkey and Sudan respectively. Director of the Martin Ennals Foundation Inc, Michael Khambatta, said Berrio has been fighting for his people’s rights over ownership of their land.

Berrio has been faced with threads and attacks from powerful landowners interested in exploring the land for commercial logging and mining.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet will announce the laureate of the Martin Ennals Award on the February 13th, 2019. - Via Garamut News.