Prime Ministers Media Releases

PNG IS QUALIFIED TO TALK ABOUT IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AT UNGA AND COP26

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP says Papua New Guinea has experienced the impacts of climate change, therefore, he as the leader is qualified to talk about climate change and to call on industrialized nations to contribute more towards reduction of carbon emissions and the conservation of existing rainforest, including the rainforest in Papua New Guinea.

The Prime Minister made this comment when meeting with the Hon. Alok Sharma, the United Kingdom's UNFCCC COP 26 President Designate, to discuss the COP26 Climate Change Agenda.

Prime Minister Marape said although Papua New Guinea has a large land mass, we also have close to 600 outlying islands that are being affected by sea water level rise and sallination as a direct result of climate change.

"We were the first country in the world to relocate climate change refugees from the Catarat islands. That qualifies me to talk about climate change and its impacts in communities,” he said.

"Papua New Guinea, including the 15 other smaller Island States in the Pacific, do not emit a lot of carbon into the atmosphere and yet they are paying the price.

"Relocating the people of Kiribati, who are slowly losing their land to sea water to another land mass that is not a part of their own country is a plan that they are against as well. Their island is sinking but the people have chosen to stay. The world must do something. We should also cite the Caterets as well.”

Prime Minister Marape made known his intention to ask industrialized nations, to do more and to work together with communities affected by deforestation and climate change to find a viable and sustainable way forward to achieve the SDG's as well as the Paris Accord, without compromising the development aspirations of developing country, especially the smaller Island States.

"Since the Kyoto Agreement and now the Paris Accord, industrialized countries have never tried to push hard to implement the agendas agreed to in the agreements.

"Apart from reducing carbon emissions, industrial countries should invest some money in technology that will reclaim land that is being lost to the sea.

"Papua New Guinea has one of the last standing rainforests in the world and if you want me to conserve it, create an opportunity for my people and country to grow without affecting the conservation of the rainforest.

"Our rainforest is the oxygen factory of the world, therefore, it is a global asset. To conserve, we must all work together to find a balance that will preserve the rainforest while improving livelihood."

Data taken from the Global Forest Watch Forest Monitoring program has revealed that only 36 per cent of the Earth's 14.6 million square kilometers of tropical rainforest remain intact. The balance of 64 per cent is either degraded or completely gone. 

PM MARAPE OUTLINES MAJOR RESOURCE PROJECTS OF HIS GOVERNMENT

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has outlined the six major resource projects his Government is focused on.
 
They are the Papua LNG Project, New Porgera Mine, Wafi-Golpu Mine, P’nyang LNG, Pasca LNG and Pandora LNG.
 
PM Marape announced this today when responding to the Ministerial Statement by Treasurer Hon. Ian Ling-Stuckey on the ‘2020 Final Budget Outcomes (FBO) and 2021 Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Outlook (MYEFO) and the Way Forward’.
 
He said this was more than the previous O’Neill regime which had only the Papua LNG Project to its name.
 
“Mr O’Neill, in eight years, delivered only the Papua LNG Project,” PM Marape said.
 
“We are working very hard, and in just two years, we are discussing Papua to ensure that it takes off, Wafi-Golpu, New Porgera, Pandora, Pasca and P’nyang.
 
“These big five projects apart from Papua LNG project, remain our focus, but more importantly in the medium term going forward to ensure our economy is strong.”
 
PM Marape said the difference between his Government and O’Neill’s was that his Government was for a better deal for Papua New Guinea on all these projects.
 
He said the Papua LNG Project was not one that was supposed to have begun right away as the Opposition was claiming.
 
“The Papua LNG Project was not supposed to have been constructed in 2019 or 2020,” PM Marape said.
 
“It would have to go into pre-FEED (front end engineering and design), then FEED, and then FID (final investment decision).
 
“They (Opposition) are making it (Papua LNG Project) as if it was going to be a miracle that would have brought money into the country in 2019 or 2020.”
 
PM Marape said the Papua LNG Project was going into FEED in 2022, an FID by 2023, and construction to start in 2024 or 2025.
 
“I appreciate what the Petroleum Minister, Hon. Kerenga Kua, is doing now by trying to squeeze a little more in the area of local content, so that we get a bit more on top of what was already signed,” he said.
 
“I thank the former government, which left our gain at 51 per cent.”
 
PM Marape said his Government was pushing for more than 50 per cent stake in P’nyang, Pasca, Pandora and any other new LNG projects.
 
He said this was the same at mining projects.
 
“We’re trying to push for a gain at Wafi-Golpu and Porgera with a return of above 55 per cent,” PM Marape said.
 
“We will not come below 52 per cent.”
 
The Prime Minister said at Porgera, his Government had settled for 53 per cent over the long term, with the first five years being 65 per cent.
 
“This is what we are doing, making the hard decisions,” he said.
 
“We have to make these tough calls to ensure that we anchor our economy correctly, not just for today but for the next generation.
 
“The more we collect today contributes to a better Budget three, four, five, six years down the line.”

PM MARAPE COMMENDS TREASURER LING-STUCKEY FOR REPORT TO PARLIAMENT

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has commended Treasurer Hon. Ian Ling-Stuckey for his comprehensive Ministerial Statement to Parliament today on the ‘2020 Final Budget Outcomes (FBO) and 2021 Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Outlook (MYEFO) and the Way Forward’.
 
He said Treasurer Ling-Stuckey’s presentation updated Papua New Guinea on the state of the economy during the ongoing war against COVID-19.
 
PM Marape also commended the Budget Management Committee (BMC) spearheaded by Treasury and Finance for keeping “MV PNG afloat in rough seas”.
 
“If they (BMC) hadn’t done this, we stood every possibility of sinking, but the Treasurer and his team stood strong,” he said.
 
“There were so many lies and deceit spun by the Opposition that we relied on overseas advisors.
 
“At the end of the day, Treasurer, Government and Cabinet made the call on key policy instruments.”
 
PM Marape said there could be no more-important policy instruments than his Government’s Budgets of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
 
“I, as Prime Minister and his colleague in Cabinet, commend the Treasurer as well as the Finance Minister (Hon. Sir John Pundari) and National Planning Minister (Hon. Rainbo Paita) for how we have run the country,” he said.

PM Marape: Public service must not slow down with 2022 General Election

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape says the work of the public service must not slow down in view of the 2022 General Election.
 
He said this today when addressing a morning meeting with ministers, departmental secretaries and heads of Government agencies and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs).
 
The Prime Minister’s Department, PM Marape announced, will carry put spot checks of all departments, agencies and SOEs in the lead-up to 2022.
 
“In the face of the coming elections, many times, work (in the public service) slows down,” PM Marape said.
 
“I stress to you: No work must slow down.”
 
The Prime Minister said that just because a particular minister was going for the elections did not mean that the department under him must slow down work.
 
He said departmental secretaries and heads of agencies and SOEs must have control of the human  and financial resources they had at their disposal.
 
“If you do not know how to manage, maybe you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time,” PM Marape said.
 
PM Marape said his Government came into place with a set agenda in the Loloata Understanding of 2019.
 
He said Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) had been given to all ministers, which, in turn, had been given to departmental secretaries and heads of agencies and SOEs.
 
“While the political leadership has set this agenda, it is the bureaucracy which must deliver on these important KPIs,” PM Marape said.
 
“By the end of this year, each of you must report back to us on what you have achieved over the last two years.”
 
PM Marape said there were four more Parliament sittings to go before the 2022 elections,  and department secretaries and heads of agencies and SOEs must give their scorecards to the country.
 
He said these must be linked to his Government’s KPIs, Vision 2050, Medium-Term Development Plan and the Constitution.
 
PM Marape said departmental secretaries, and heads of agencies and SOEs, were selected on merit and must justify this with scorecards of their achievements.
 
“I owe you no special favor, and you owe me no special favor, we owe it to our people,” he said
 
“Show us what you have done over the last two years, under my Government, and what we will do for the balance of 2021 going forward.
 
“Political seasons will come and go, but public service machinery will live on.”