Prime Ministers Media Releases


Prime Minister Hon. James Marape MP has announced a major K100 million upgrade programme to the Hiritano Highway linking Gulf, Central and National Capital District (NCD). 
He announced this in Kerema on Monday (April 12th 2021) after launching the Ihu Special Economic Zone (ISEZ) and other projects in Kikori District.
Prime Minister Marape also announced funding of K5-million for Kerema Town roads; K100, 000 from the National Gaming Control Board to upgrade the Kerema Rugby League Oval; and another K20, 000 to support the local basketball competition.
He was accompanied by Gulf Governor Hon.Chris Haiveta and Central Governor Hon. Robert Agarobe; Goilala MP and Transport Minister Hon. William Samb; Works Minister Hon. Michael Nali; and Kikori MP and Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Hon. Soroi Eoe.
Prime Minister Marape told hundreds of people who gathered in Kerema that the Hiritano Highway was a major road that connected Gulf and Central with NCD. 
“The National Government will support many of the upcoming resource projects like Papua LNG and Pasca, and others like the Ihu Special Economic Zone in the Gulf province,” he said.
“The upgrading to the last stretch of the Hiritano Highway that links Kerema is part of a K100-million road upgrade programme funded by the World Bank and co-founded by the Government of PNG.
“We are getting the last stretch of the road linking Malalaua to Kerema, and other sections that have deteriorated in parts of Central Province, upgraded and re-constructed.”
Prime Minister Marape said it would be funded with a loan of K70-million from the World Bank that was being approved, while the National Government would chip in K30-million to have the last stretch of the road to Kerema sealed. 
“By this time next year, the contractors will be working on upgrading and reconstructing work on upgrading the last stretch of the highway that has deteriorated and not sealed into Kerema,’’ he said.
“Whilst the road upgrading to the Hiritano Highway is being worked on, the National Government is coming here today with another commitment of K5million for the Kerema Town roads.
“The Works Department has asked the Gulf Provincial Supply and Tenders board to issue the tender, and once it is approved, it will engage a contractor to work on the road to give a facelift and restore some identity and belongingness.
“I came here today to Kerema to signal to you that National Government is based in Port Moresby and we partner with your provincial governments on the ground. 
“My visits and staying with provincial governors, local members and leaders is to tell them: ‘You pick up the responsibility and create development to the needs of your province and people in the districts. Make it happen and we will come in where we can’.’’
Prime Minister Marape also appealed to the people of Kerema to go into fishing, gardening, agriculture and SME activities than wander around in Port Moresby and other places. 
“You are lucky people as some of you live along the corridors of the major Hiritano Highway linking Kerema to Malalaua, and into the vast Central Province,” he said.
“Both provinces have valuable resources like land and fisheries and marine resources.
“I appeal to you people to allow any road programmes and projects to flow through, as when there is a road, money will flow and other services will trickle down to the people.
“We appeal to you (Gulf people living in other provinces) to return home as the National Government will work and partner with your provincial government to create opportunities for you when the Hiritano Highway and Kerema Town roads are fixed.”
Prime Minister Marape spent a night in Kerema before leaving for Port Moresby on Tuesday morning (April 13th 2021).


Prime Minister Hon. James Marape MP has arrived at Ihu Station in Kikori District of Gulf Province to launch several impact projects including the Ihu Special Economic (ISEZ) .
Prime Minister Marape landed in a Tropic Air Twin-Otter plane this morning accompanied by Kikori MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Hon. Soroi Eoe; Minister for Works Hon. Michael Nali with his Department Secretary David Wereh; Transport Minister Hon. William Samb; Central Governor Hon. Robert Agarobe; Gulf Governor Hon. Chris Haiveta and officials of the ISEZ.
Thousands of people arrived to welcome Prime Minister Marape and his delegation at the Ihu Airstrip, which has been cleared and opened for use and is planned for rehabilitation.
Local police based in Kerema, Ihu, Kikori and Baimuru accorded Prime Minister Marape a guard-of-honor.
The projects which Prime Minister Marape will launch are the ISEZ, Kikori-Ihu-Kerema Road Project, Ihu Airstrip Rehabilitation Project and a local SME graduation and funding.
Prime Minister Marape's Pangu Pati-Government is focused on SMEs, promotion of agricultural and business activities and creation of markets.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Marape will visit the Gulf capital, Kerema, and visit some projects and talk to the people before retiring for the day.


Prime Minister Hon.James Marape MP announced National Government Support for the proposed Special Economic Zone (ISEZ) at Kikori in Gulf Province yesterday (April 12th 2021).
He announced this when launching the ISEZ and several other impact projects in Kikori.
PM Marape was accompanied by Gulf Governor Hon.Chris Haiveta and Central Governor Hon. Robert Agarobe; Goilala MP and Transport Minister Hon. William Samb; Works Minister Hon. Michael Nali; and Kikori MP and Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Hon. Soroi Eoe.
"I came here to support the ISEZ,” he said.
“Your land is your contribution to the project. 
“We will never allow you to sell your land. 
“By being together and working together, we can build the future we want.”
PM Marape announced:
K5milllion for Kikori District Development Authority (DDA) land registration and mobilisation until the desired outcome from ISEZ;
K10-million every year for the ISEZ project;
K5-milllion for construction of Kerema-Ihu-Vailala Road;
K5-milllion for Kerema Town road projects;
K5-milllion for the Kerema-Ihu-Kikori Road; 
K7 million for the seven high schools in Gulf; and
Ten sawmills to cut trees and build houses.
PM Marape said his Government would maximise benefits from the Papua LNG Project for the good of Gulf, which was why development of Kerema, Kikori and Ihu was important.

Prime Minister Marape conveys deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen

Her Majesty The Queen
Windsor Castle
Your Majesty,
On this sad and solemn occasion, I join other World Leaders and citizens of the Commonwealth Nations in conveying
sincere and deepest condolences following the sad passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip accompanied Your Majesty to Papua New Guinea on various Royal Visits over the years and this is fondly remembered and cherished by our people.
We are deeply saddened to hear of Your Majesty's loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this period of great sorrow.
James Marape

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