Monday May 4, 2020: 7:54pm As usual, I will be providing an update of the security measures taken to date assist the Health Department deliver the PNG Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Press Freedom Day Before I give the update let me take time to reflect on the World Press Freedom Day which was
Sunday, 03rd May 2020 Prime Minister James Marape will appear on the National Broadcasting Corporation Radio and Television as well as EMTV, Digicel TV and other radio stations tomorrow night , Monday 4 May 2020, to discuss COVID 19 and related economic and social issues. The Question & Answer program was aired on NBC TV/Radio
Sunday, 03rd May 2020 Papua New Guinea has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19, the last was about two weeks ago. Out of the 8 cases, 6 were mild and have fully recovered. Two were moderate cases, admitted to hospital and recovered, out of which 1 case was repatriated. All our eight cases have turned out
Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Hon. Timothy Masiu has extended government’s awareness efforts on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) into Western Highlands’ Holy Trinity Teachers College. Minister Masiu, when addressing Bougainville students, at the Holy Trinity Teachers College in Mt Hagen today, highlighted government’s preparedness and responses to stop the spread of covid 19, and encouraged
Thursday 30 April 2020 Eight stranded Papua New Guinean citizens and two Japanese nationals arrived at Jackson’s International Airport from Narita, Japan. early this morning They were uplifted on the return leg of Air Niugini Flight PX 9055 chartered by Japanese company Dai Nippon Construction, repatriating 56 Japanese and Filipinos to Japan on April 28,
[siteorigin_widget class=”thinkup_builder_heading”][/siteorigin_widget] As detailed in his ministerial statement to Parliament on the economic stimulus package yesterday (April 2, 2020), Minister for Treasury, Ian Link-Stuckey said 90 percent of the package will be funded through innovative and flexible mechanisms He stressed, the Marape- Steven government recognises the C19 pandemic health emergency will create an economic emergency,
My Esteemed Leaders, Good morning to you all, I appreciate your patience and understanding in regards to opening up of our domestic travel destinations, it is a gradual process as we ensure all ports and airlines have taken necessary precautions to eliminate the potential of spreading COVID 19. Apart from the ports of Lae, Hagen,
Wednesday 1 April 2020 editorial team The Government of Papua New Guinea has received overwhelming support from Bilateral Partners, Aid Agencies and the Business Community in its fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.Today the Minister for Health and HIV /AIDS, the Hon. Jelta Wong and the Controller of the State of
Wednesday 1 April 2020 Editorial team Controller of the State of Emergency and Commissioner of Police, David Manning, says the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) will be assisting Papua New Guineans stranded abroad to return to the country. “Given the current global travel restrictions including the restrictions imposed by the government, a
Treasury Department Working Hard on a COVID-19 response plan
The coronavirus is already hurting our economy through global conditions such as falling oil prices. Keeping our people safe through lockdowns will also have economic impacts. Economic mismanagement over the last seven years means the budget cupboard is bare. The Marape-Steven government is working tirelessly to develop responsive, innovative ideas on how to respond such as the actions recently announced by BPNG. There will be further announcements this week.
“On Sunday evening, I met with the PNG Vice-President of Digicel, the Secretary of the Department of Communications and Information, and my staff to discuss how the telecommunications sector can assist with the national response to COVID-19. It was a very positive discussion covering the work that Digicel is doing in supporting the National Operations Centre, the 4.4 million messages being sent out in Tok Pisin and English to mobile phones providing health messages, and the thousand calls a day being received at the call centre.
“This is just part of the constant work we have been doing this weekend to develop an innovative response to this health crisis. We are looking at business to business and business to customer options to support each other – it doesn’t only have to be government providing support. We all need to help each other.
“We have been working to answer the question ‘How does the Marape-Steven Government respond to such an economic emergency?”
“An unsophisticated and dangerous approach would be to just spend big from our budget to stimulate the economy. This was the K2 billion proposal from the Opposition. However, the economic legacy from seven years of economic mismanagement means that we already have the largest deficit in our nation’s history of K4.6 billion. There is a likely loss of K2 billion in revenues updated from our last announcement. Spending a further K2 billion, would create a massive budget deficit and all add to our debt levels which our children will have to pay for. This would be irresponsible.
“So what do we do instead? There is a smarter response. Rather than just focusing on the budget, we can use other economic tools available to government. These are monetary policy and regulatory policies including superannuation. The positive links we have now built with the international community can be leveraged. Businesses can help businesses and their customers.
“The Marape-Steven government. Pro-active, responsive, protecting our community in a balanced way using the full force of the law. Part of our resilient national response to this pandemic.
Hon. Ian Ling-Stuckey, CMG. MP
Minister for Treasury