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PM Marape visit National Fisheries Authority

Picture Story: Prime Minister James Marape visited the National Fisheries Authority today. During his visit he met with staff of the agency and had a meeting with the Executive Management of the Authority. In the meeting, the Executive Management made a presentation of what the Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) was and pointed at that through the VDS, they can also look at working out benefit sharing like the mining and petroleum projects, for maritime provinces. This concept ideas are captured in the recently endorsed National Fisheries Strategic Plan 2021-2030.
Prime Minister Marape then encouraged them to continue to look into how VDS can benefit maritime provinces and he looks forward to seeing a report from them.
He said, like his assurance to the Ihu Special Economic Zone project, Government will support this concept idea through sound supportive policies.

Speech by Hon. James Marape, MP Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, ANZAC Day Service Bomana War Cemetery

Members of the Diplomatic Corps;

Commander of the PNG Defence Force;

Secretary of the Department of Defence;

Veterans and service men and women;

The Port Moresby RSL Branch;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

The commemoration of those who died in war gives us an opportunity to offer our gratitude and to thank them for their sacrifice.

This year is another important milestone as we remember the conflict that took place on our soil almost 80 years ago.

The Kokoda campaign lasted only four months, but it was of some of the most intense fighting of the war.

For Papua New Guinea, Kokoda was the most defining battle in which both Papua and New Guinea were engaged in and we will forever remember the Second World War and its travesties.

In our commemoration today we also remember fighting that occurred in Milne Bay, Morobe, Madang, Sepik, Manus, East New Britain, Bougainville, Central, Oro and today their hold everlasting imprints of these travesties and devastation that only wars can cause on humanity.

Today we pay tribute to the soldiers, sailors and airmen and air women, and to our war carriers and medical orderlies, who took part in these conflicts.

Beyond death on the battlefield, the pain and suffering from the war conflict continues to this day.

Physical and emotional damage is carried by many veterans for the rest of their lives.

While there are not many veterans from the Second World War still with us, we offer our eternal gratitude for their sacrifice.

On ANZAC Day, and on our own National Remembrance Day, we will continue to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in the defence of our freedom.

The horror of conflict in the Second World War also laid the foundations for the building of relations between the our people, and the people of the countries we partner today.

With us today, and at services around the nation, we have young people from these countries.

They, who have joined us, have come to pay their respects, and we welcome each and every one of you to Papua New Guinea.

The spirit of service, and the commemoration of sacrifice, must impart on our young generation.

Today, the countries of people who fought and died in the Second World War are friends.

We work together to build a more harmonious world.

With the uncertainty and prospect of war that confronts the world today. We must be resolute in our commitment to protect our peoples to find peace.

I thank our distinguished guests for honouring our shared history with your presence today.

Your sons and daughters, who lay in our soil, will forever be respected and will forever be honoured.

Lest we forget.

PM Marape: Government will provide policy support for Special Economic Zones

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP MP, has given his assurance to the people of Ihu and three other districts earmarked for Special Economic Zones (SEZs) that Government will support their establishment by providing stable policy support.

 
He said this yesterday when receiving gifts from the people of Kikori, to thank him for accepting their invitation and visiting their district to launch the Ihu SEZ last month.
 
PM Marape said the current National Budget of the country was unable to fully support such big projects, therefore, the Government would support through policy directives that woukf enable private investors to invest in the project.
 
“Government will help in ensuring that the policy environment and framework is there to support work in establishing Special Economic Zones,” he said.
 
“Ihu is setting the way forward for us to progress setting up SEZs in other areas in the country.”
 
PM Marape Marape believes that establishing the SEZ in Ihu as a pilot project was the right thing to do, because of resource development projects that are already there.

These include forestry and fisheries, and others that are coming up like Papua LNG and P’nyang, in the district.
 
He said the SEZ would not only generate employment, but also create an environment for or people to start up and grow their own small businesses.
 
PM Marape thanked the team that worked together with the Kikori District team to make it possible to move on to Phase two of the project.
 
The Ihu SEZ first came into public scrutiny when a presentation of the concept was presented during the 2018 Asia APEC Leaders’ meeting in Port Moresby.
 
Phase One of the ISEZ was initiated with a policy submission to the National Executive Council for approval and initial funding support for Phase two.

The second phase, which has been initiated by the official launching last month, will involve land mobilisation, clan mapping and environmental impact assessment.
 
When Phase two is successfully completed, an environmental permit is issued, for the project team to go into construction of access roads, electricity and telecommunication infrastructure development, administrative offices, and development of jetties and airstrips.
 
According to Kikori MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Hon. Soroi Eoe, the Ihu SEZ - once the infrastructure was built - investors/would come in to do business and more than 200,000 jobs will be created.

Prime Minister Marape launches inquiry on declaration of PNG as a Christian country

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, has launched a constitutional inquiry on declaration of Papua New Guinea as a Christian country at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby today.
 
He said as the people were aware, the National Government in its decision No. 23 of 2020, approved the proposal to declare PNG as a Christian country.
 
PM Marape said 75 per cent of Papua New Guineans identified themselves as Christians, and although PNG was known as a Christian country, it was not declared in the National Constitution.
 
“There is a need to redefine and give absolute prominence to our Christian beliefs, " he said.

" There is no better way to do that than to declare and entrench our Christian faith in the most-prominent document, the National Constitution.
 
“In our nation of a thousand tribes, I believe Christianity can bind us together as one nation.
 
“This is the national identity or character that we want to declare to ourselves, so that the rest of the world recognises us with that identity.
 
“The National Government will put K2 million to help make the consultation process possible and another K3 million to put up a Unity Pillar monument at the Peace Park.”
 
PM Marape said entrenching the identity of PNG as a Christian country in the National Constitution did not take away the rights of a person(s) as stated in Section 45 of the Constitution, rather it reflects the reality of religion in the country and that is that the majority of the people in the country practise Christianity.
 
“It will not make it illegal to practise other religions or have a different world view, " he said.
 
“The consultations in this inquiry will continue to respect other religions and beliefs, and but at the same time declare our values and principles as a Christian nation.”
 
PM Marape said PNG may not be the last nation in the world to declare itself as a Christian country.
 
In the consultation process, four questions will be asked;
 

1. Do you want Papua New Guinea to be announced or declared as a Christian Country in our Constitution?

2.Do you want Papua New Guinea to adopt Christian values and principles as one of its national goals or national aspirations through the National Constitution?

3. Do you want Christian values and principles to be upheld and violations to be enforced by the courts?

4. Do you agree?

 
Due to the pandemic, the agencies who will be involved in the consultations will use various means to conduct the consultations nationwide.

Consultations maybe done virtually or through the utilisation of provincial and district government networks.
 
Outcomes of the consultations will be put in a report and delivered to the National Executive Council for deliberation and endorsement before being presented to Parliament next year.
 
Government agencies who will be involved in the consultations are Constitutional Law Reform Commission, Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Department of Justice and Attorney General and Department of Community Development Religion Women and Youth.

 

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