James Marape

Three Agriculture vice ministers to be appointed

The announcement is expected this week.

Prime Minister Marape says one vice minister will be responsible for coffee and intervention in coffee, another will be responsible for copra, cocoa and palm oil while a third will oversee the livestock sector.

“I think we’ve given so much lip service to the agriculture space; that is the lowest hanging fruit in as far as giving back to our country and empowering our citizens,” said the PM.

SOEs due for restructure

As a result, SOEs are in for a restructure under the new Minister, Sasindran Muthuvel, who was the then West New Britain Governor.

“State Owned Enterprises are not declaring dividends to state,” said Marape.

“Many are working outside Treasury’s scrutiny. Many of our SOEs are building empires of their own. There will be a restructure in our SOEs. There will be greater visibility in Kumul Consolidated Holdings, we will set up other Kumul subsidiaries and the minister for SOE will be in charge of those areas.”

New police minister’s task

Madang MP Bryan Kramer was among other MPs who were appointed and sworn in yesterday (June 7th).

“We will be asking of him, in the first instance, to restore credibility to the entire police hierarchy,” said Prime Minister James Marape.

While Kramer’s appointment may come as a result of the call of the people, he now has a mammoth task of cleaning up the police force.

Marape-Davis Cabinet

Here is the full listing:


Member of Parliament



James Marape

Tari-Pori Open

Prime Minister

Niupla gavman i lukluk long piseris sekta

Keateka Piseris Minista Solan Mirisim i tok dispela sekta i gat inap samting long helpim ikonomi na long bringim gutpela laip long olgeta komyuniti.

Mirisim i tok piseris sekta i gat bikpela hap i stap yet long wok bilong kamapim mani, kain olsem daunstrim prosesing.

Em i tok yumi mas no ken putim ai long ol mani i kam long ol ekses fi bilong ol pis long ol solwara bilong yumi tasol. Nogat, yumi mas mekim ol wok we bai helpim ol pektori bilong yumi nau i stap long kantri.

Get behind Govt: Marape

PM Marape made these remarks when addressing the nation on Wednesday night.

Recently elected as the 8th Prime Minister on the floor of Parliament, Tari-Pori MP James Marape says everyone must get behind the government and address the challenges ahead.

“We are a nation of many opportunities. We have natural assets that not too many countries, globally speaking, can profess to have. We have oil, gold, gas, nickel, copper and all the agricultural products put together; we have timber and fisheries. These are resources many nations of the world do not have.”

PM Marape reminded of anti-rot initiatives

“Prime Minister Marape introduced governance reforms within the Department of Finance when he was Minister, such as the Integrated Finance Management System (IFMS), the establishment of a new National Procurement Commission and the innovative Phones Against Corruption initiative whereby citizens can text reports of corruption to the 16321 SMS service,” said TIPNG in their statement.

Marape i namba 8 Praim Minista

Gavana bilong Enga, Sir Peter Ipatas, i bin nominetem Marape na Manus Gavana Charlie Benjamin i bin strongim dispela.

Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill, husat Oposisen Lida Patrick Pruaitch i bin nominetim em, i bin amamas long dispela nominesen tasol bihain em i senisim tingting gen na i tok nogat taim Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat i nominetim Sir Mekere Morauta. Etpela MP tasol i bin vot long Sir Mekere Morauta.

Long moning bilong Me 30, i bin gat 109 MP tasol i givim vot na tupela i no vot em wanpela bilong ol i Madang MP Bryan Kramer.

Marape is 8th PM

Marape, who collected 101 votes today, is the Pangu Pati leader.

He was nominated by Governor for Enga Sir Peter Ipatas and was seconded by Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin.

Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill was nominated by Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch but later withdrew his nominee when Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat nominated Sir Mekere Morauta.

Only eight MPs voted for Sir Mekere.

Out of the 111 MPs, 109 votes were counted. The obvious exclusion was Speaker Job Pomat while Madang MP Bryan Kramer was not present in the chamber during that time.

Marape, Duma back with Govt

He came with his team straight from Parliament.

Leader of United Resources Party, William Duma, and his team have also defected to the Crown camp.

The leaders are now in a meeting and will be calling a press conference soon.

Abau MP Sir Puka Temu was the first to cross the floor this morning to the Government benches after the confirmation of Peter O’Neill’s resignation as Prime Minister.

Meantime, Parliament will meet tomorrow to appoint a new Prime Minister.

More updates to come…