Domestic Politics. Papua New Guinea press review

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG) Hon. James Marape says that the National Planning and Monitoring Department is the key to Government’s think-tank to get moving in the right direction. Mr. Marape has said it during the launching of the National Planning and Monitoring corporate plan 2020-2024. «Government’s agenda will come in Planning, Finance and Treasury should have flexibility enough to adapt government instructions and policy […] Vision 2050 entrenches what we want our country to be and all these things have been built up till today, » PNG Prime Minister said. Hon. James Marape also told that National Planning staff never to divert their minds from the reality of what’s happening: «Our Government would like to see all state agencies have a clear, visible, conducive plan that is appreciated by all stakeholders, » Mr. Marape added. [1]

PNG Minister for Provincial Affairs and Local Government Pila Niningi said that just under 30% of the funding allocated for electoral boundaries has been released. It is expected that lack of funding for the electoral boundaries in the country will affect plans to split the electorate of Talasea District, in West New Britain Province in 2022. As stated Mr. Niningi, the Government had budgeted K14 million (US$3,96 млн.) for the electoral boundaries but so far only K4 million had been released (US$1,13 млн.). Minister Ninigi also explained that the National Boundaries Commission (NBC) hasn’t commenced work into the electoral boundaries. That’s why the planned split of the Talasea District in 2022 may not happen. A boundary review team was formed to oversee the realignment of the boundaries in 2018, after former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O’Neill announced at the closure of the PNG Games in Kimbe, that Talasea District will be split, as the population of Talasea District is more than 200 thousand people. [2]

Former Prime Minister and Ialibu-Pangia MP (Southern Highlands Province), Peter O’Neill, appeared before Magistrate Dessie Magaru at the Committal Court second time. Mr. O’Neil is currently on K5,000 bail (US$1,4 thousand). Former PNG Prime Minister is charged with one count of official corruption and misappropriation over the controversial purchase of two generators from an Israeli electricity firm for K50 million (US$14,6 million). The Prosecutor asked the court to adjourn the matter to a later date as the police hand up brief is yet to be completed. The matter was adjourned to the 10th of September 2020 for further mention. [3-4] [1]
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