Prime Ministers Media Releases

PNG GOVT TO DEPLOY FIRST 100 SOLDIERS TO ASSIST IN AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES NEXT WEEK – PM MARAPE

The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP today expressed appreciation to Australian

Prime Minister Hon. Scott Morrison, MP for accepting Papua New Guinea’s offer to assist in the devastating bushfires.

PM Marape said the Australian Government has accepted our offer to help; therefore, the first 100 Defence Force personnel are ready travel to Australia on Monday (13/01/20).

The Prime Minister said of the total 1000 personnel committed by the Government including the National Fire Service and National Volunteer Service; the first 100 soldiers from the Engineering Battalion; Field Engineers from the Royal Pacific Island Regiment (PIR) and a small liaison and support staff will leave next week.

PM Marape said the Australian Prime Minister has expressed his gratitude for PNG’s offer to support Australia’s bushfire response and to accept our offer to deploy a PNG Defence Force contingent ‘17th Kumul Force’ to assist the Australian Defence Force personnel on the ground.
Our soldiers will be there for three months in routine clearance tasks. The tasks will involve clearing of roads and bridges blocked by fallen trees so fight fighters could get to affected areas in rural communities.

The PNG Government stands firm to support our closest neighbour Australia since both governments have a strong and very high level bilateral relationship.

The Australian Government has always been there for us whether be in good or bad times; therefore, in reciprocal; we show by lending our hands to support them today, he said.

The Prime Minister has again extended his heartfelt condolences to those families who have lost their loved ones in this disaster

PM MARAPE: PNG STANDS READY TO SEND DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL TO ASSIST FIGHT FIRES IN AUSTRALIA AND HELP REBUILD DEVASTATED COMMUNITIES

The Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, MP, has pledged support to deploy Defence Force Personnel to help fight bush fires and help rebuild devastated communities in Australia.

PM Marape said he has made this known to the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Scott Morrison, who has acknowledged the pledge to assist.

He said Papua New Guinea Defence Force Personnel now stand ready to be called out, upon request from the Prime Minister of Australia.

Australia has always assisted us in many ways, either it be through budget support or disaster relief assistance.

Although we are unable to reciprocate the magnitude of support they have already given us, the support through the manpower that we will be giving is given with all our hearts and prayers.

We cannot imagine the trauma and pain of the families affected through either the loss of a loved one or properties but we want the people of Australia to know that we grieve with you and we stand ready to help, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that the magnitude of the devastation left by the fires is something that the Pacific has never seen before and extended the heartfelt sorrow and sympathy of his family, the people of Papua New Guinea and the Government of Papua New Guinea to all those who are affected by the fires.

The Prime Minister, Departmental Heads, Heads of Statutory Agencies, Constitutional Offices and State Owned Enterprises also took a minute of silence to remember the lives lost due to the fires in Australia before commencing their first meeting for 2020 at the Sir Manasupe Haus, Port Moresby.

PM MARAPE THANKS ENGAN LEADERS FOR TAKING LEAD IN DEVELOPING THEIR PROVINCE

The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP has thanked the people of Enga and their leaders for supporting the Government and taking the lead in development at the provincial level with new infrastructure projects.

PM Marape thanked the people and Members of Parliament from Enga for supporting his Government and policies.

The Prime Minister told the people of Enga that the Government is very thankful for the leadership and administration the Enga Province has in terms of development and service delivery.

PM Marape said the Government will continue to support and partner with provinces that take the lead themselves.

PM Marape also appealed to the people of Porgera especially the communities and people affected by the Porgera Gold Mine.

He said the Government has asked the people in charge of the Wardens heading Review of the Porgera Mine Agreement on the continuation and of extension of the Mine to sort outstanding issues concerning the landowners and the Mine quickly.

PM Marape said he will wait for the outcome of the talks and meetings with the concerned parties, which include the landowners, Government, the Mine and the Provincial Government to come to workable agreements.

The Prime Minister said he will visit the people of Porgera when the concerns are being fully addressed and is amendable to all parties and will address them any time soon at Porgera.

He also thanked the Chinese Government for making available a grant funding of K70 million for educational institutions in the province.

PM Marape overnights in Enga Province and will address the people of Rakamanda tomorrow (Friday, 10 January 2020).

PRIME MINISTER, HON. JAMES MARAPE, MP NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE

Hello Papua New Guineans, wherever you are in this beautiful country.

Our country is a land of many tribes and many people.

We are concluding 2019 and we are just going into 2020 and I would like to speak to you as your Prime Minister taking this country into the 2020s.

The 2020s will be an exciting year for us.

But as we stand in the face of 2020 and especially the decades of the 2020s let us face and take stock of how we have come in the last few years or in the many years that we have come thus far as a country.

The last 44 years in our nation’s life has not been easy. We have had many ups and downs.

The ups and downs have been caused by many factors. Some of the factors were due to our own complacency and our own attitude, how we work and respect one and other, how we live together in a country that is coming together as one independent nation.

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