Prime Ministers Media Releases

PM MARAPE SATISFIED WITH DISCUSSIONS ON PNG ELECTRICITY PARTNERSHIP IMPLEMENTATION

The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP says the Government of PNG is satisfied with discussions on the smooth implementation of the PNG Electricity Partnership (PEP) project.

He expressed his satisfaction after meeting with the Resident Heads of Mission of the four countries, US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan who are collectively funding this electrification program.

Prime Minister Marape held the discussions with US Ambassador Ms Erin Elizabeth McKee, Japanese Ambassador Kuniyuki Nakahara, Australian High Commissioner John Philp and New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner, Davene Vroon on Tuesday (26/05/20).

He acknowledged the four countries reaffirmation and commitment to ensure the PEP project is successfully delivered.

I am satisfied with our discussions in that we agreed to progress a clear and coordinated pathway for implementation of the PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP) without any further delay,” he said.

Prime Minister Marape said the government prefers the expansion of existing On-Grid facilities rather than development of Off-Grid power generation and distribution, which can be outsourced.

He also encourage the four countries that are funding this project to have it run parallel with the major national road and telecommunication transmission networks programs that are underway in the country.

This will complement my Government’s plans and policies on developing major economic corridors and providing electricity to 70 per cent of the country’s population by 2025.

I have issued specific instructions for the establishment of a Technical Working Committee at the Officials level to ensure that this partnership is effectively coordinated and implemented.

The Committee will be headed by the departments of National Planning & Monitoring and Communication and Energy respectively supported by departments of Petroleum, Treasury, Finance, Prime Minister and NEC, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kumul Consolidated Holdings Limited and PNG Power Limited.

The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership (PEP) project is a $1.7b aid program financed and supported by Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the US.

It aims to connect 70 per cent of PNG’s population to electricity by 2030. The partnership was sealed during the November 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby.

PM MARAPE PAYS TRIBUTE TO FALLEN ANZAC SOLDIERS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, MP pays tribute to those fallen Australian and New Zealand soldiers including our local heroes who helped fought during the historical battles.

Prime Minister Marape yesterday (Saturday, 25/04/20) attended the Dawn Service to remember those that lost their lives in PNG, Pacific region and throughout the world.

It was here also in Papua New Guinea, that many Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) soldiers lost their lives during these wars, he said.

In this time, we also remember the families of those brave men who have lost their lives in our land. So, lest we forget!

PM Marape laid a wreath at the Bomana War Cemetery just outside Port Moresby to commemorate ANZAC Day.

PM MARAPE SATISFIED WITH DISCUSSIONS ONPNG ELECTRICITY PARTNERSHIP IMPLEMENTATION

The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP says the Government of PNG is satisfied with discussions on the smooth implementation of the PNG Electricity Partnership (PEP) project.

He expressed his satisfaction after meeting with the Resident Heads of Mission of the four countries, US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan who are collectively funding this electrification program.

Prime Minister Marape held the discussions with US Ambassador Ms Erin Elizabeth McKee, Japanese Ambassador Kuniyuki Nakahara, Australian High Commissioner John Philp and New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner, Davene Vroon on Tuesday (26/05/20).

He acknowledged the four countries reaffirmation and commitment to ensure the PEP project is successfully delivered.

“I am satisfied with our discussions in that we agreed to progress a clear and coordinated pathway for implementation of the PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP) without any further delay,” he said.

Prime Minister Marape said the government prefers the expansion of existing On-Grid facilities rather than development of Off-Grid power generation and distribution, which can be outsourced.

He also encourage the four countries that are funding this project to have it run parallel with the major national road and telecommunication transmission networks programs that are underway in the country.

“This will complement my Government’s plans and policies on developing major economic corridors and providing electricity to 70 per cent of the country’s population by 2025. 

“I have issued specific instructions for the establishment of a Technical Working Committee at the Officials level to ensure that this partnership is effectively coordinated and implemented.”

The Committee will be headed by the departments of National Planning & Monitoring and Communication and Energy respectively supported by departments of Petroleum, Treasury, Finance, Prime Minister and NEC, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kumul Consolidated Holdings Limited and PNG Power Limited.

The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership (PEP) project is a $1.7b aid program financed and supported by Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the US.

It aims to connect 70 per cent of PNG’s population to electricity by 2030. The partnership was sealed during the November 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby.

PM Marape acknowledges NDoH quick activation of systems to contain COVID-19

The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, acknowledges the National Department of Health’s quick activation of their system to deal with Polio to contain the first Coronavirus (COVID-19) case for Papua New Guinea.

The Prime Minister made the acknowledgement after it came to his attention that the Provincial teams that were put together to administer the Polio Vaccination right across the country last year have been activated and optimized as the rapid response teams for COVID-19 in their respective provinces.

He said all the provincial teams are in close contact with the National Operations Centre (NOC 19) through daily telephone calls and emails and they will be the team to collect samples from persons of interest to send to PNGIMR for testing.

“The National Department of Health’s Preventative Health Team are the frontline team at the Jackson International airport, screening passengers coming into the country, starting in January 28th, 2020,” Prime Minister Marape said.

“Their work in identifying persons of interest has made it possible to notify the rapid response teams in provinces to monitor those persons of interest identified. 

“The frontline team at the airport started the screening process with no personal protective equipment and as scientists all over the world started to learn more of the virus, our team’s response was optimized by the acquiring of personal protective equipment and thermometers to increase the accuracy of their screening process.”

Prime Minister Marape said the optimization of our equipment and staff to carry out screening and to respond to a possible case was made possible by support from Papua New Guinea’s development, bilateral and multi-lateral partners.

The Prime Minister would like to extend his thank you to them as well as the police, defence, public servants, business houses and most importantly, the people who will deal with possible positive cases directly, the healthcare workers.

“From my family, myself and the over 8 million people of Papua New Guinea, thank you for your service to our country.”

However, the Prime Minister is urging all Papua new Guinean and residents to do their part to stop the virus spreading in the country.

He is asking everyone to follow directions from the Government to assist the work that is being done by the COVID-19 National Security Emergency Response Task Force.

“If you are displaying flu like symptoms or are aware of any suspected cases, call NOC’s toll free hotline 1800 200 and talk to an operator. All calls made are free.

“If you are in one of our provinces or the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the NOC call centre will notify the rapid response teams in your province and they will come to your home to assist you and collect samples to be sent for testing.

Prime Minister Marape said the team is currently doing contact tracing and monitoring the 29, 166 passengers that came into PNG from the 28th of January to the 13th of March 2020.

He revealed that the country has about 580 test kits and is expecting 4000 more to arrive in the country next week.

The Prime Minister said the laboratories at the UPNG Medical Faculty and the Central Public Health Laboratories are currently undergoing optimization and will come on line next week and testing can be done in Port Moresby starting next week as well.