Peter O’Neill

O’Neill confident in New Caledonia partnership

PM O’Neill made this statement after meeting with the President of New Caledonia, Phillipe Germain, on Tuesday.

President Germain and his delegation left the country this afternoon after his three-day official visit.

PM O’Neill, when welcoming President Germain and his delegation on Tuesday, said both countries must create new pathways for economic cooperation in trade and investment, business, economic co-operation, capacity building.

He said partnership in important social and cultural areas and people-to-people links are vital to enhance friendship.

Disciplined forces will make arrests, not me: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made this undertaking when responding to Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch and Shadow Minister for Attorney General, Kerenga Kua’s calls.

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch released a statement recently calling on PM O’Neill to honour his commitment in Mendi to investigate concerns on the election for the Southern Highlands Regional seat.

PM defends overseas trips

Kerenga Kua had claimed that Peter O’Neill had been frequently attending various overseas meetings without addressing issues affecting the country.

Kua said the Prime Minister should return home and take a hard look at the sufferings of our people and tighten the government belt on wanton spending.

However, Prime Minister O’Neill responded and told this newsroom that Kua’s statement is just cheap politics.

PM visits Philippines

The visit will include a number of formal events with the President of the Philippines, H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and meetings with technical experts in areas that include rice production.

He will also discuss a number of emerging bilateral opportunities between the two countries.

The Prime Minister said the two countries share a very warm history that continues to grow as greater technical and cultural exchange takes place.

PNG to remain committed to China

He said this during the handing over of the International Convention Centre and the launch of the China-Aid APEC Road Projects.

O’Neill said since the country’s birth, PNG has remained committed to the One China Policy.

It was a colourful event with song and dance as the Chinese Ambassador to PNG, Xue Bing, and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill arrived for the ceremony, accompanied by Ministers and senior Government officials.

Relief supply from Dubai yet to be known

According to statements circulating on social media, the plane was provided by HH Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

It further stated that the plane left from Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, which is the UN World Food Programme’s largest humanitarian hub on Monday.

Among those supplies were the nutrient-dense disaster relief biscuits.

However, PM O’Neill told this newsroom that he have not been advised on this arrangement.

The Disaster Emergency Controller was also not aware of such arrangements.

Opposition’s claims’ misleading: PM

Pruaitch in a statement called on O’Neill to go to Western Province and not only Hela and Southern Highlands Province.

However, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said these claims are all ‘rubbish’ and misleading.

He said the Disaster Committee have provided relief supplies and medicines to affected communities in Western Province, Gulf and parts of Telefomin district.

PNG facing problems caused by ourselves: PM admits

The PM said our country is resourceful rich but yet so poor.

He said most agreements that past leaders signed in resources are not favorable to our country.

“Parking all these revenues exports overseas and not bringing foreign exchange back into the country.”

He further added that most decisions allowed for more tax concessions that are favorable to resource companies where they are making billions of kina while we are getting very little from our very own resources.

Public holiday declared in Kavieng

The overcast day has done nothing to dampen the festive atmosphere, fused with the vivid provincial flags of orange and light blue colour and traditional costumes.

Students in school uniforms, police and correctional service personnel, residents, government officials and the media have gathered outside the white mansion.

The building is quite similar to the Queen Emma mansion in Rabaul, East New Britain Province.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and his delegation of Government ministers will be officiating at the event.

More to follow.

PM stresses on provincial empowerment

This statement by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, who is in New Ireland Province for the opening of the Namatanai Government House, was met with loud applause.

The PM and his delegation of Government ministers were received with much fanfare in Namatanai this morning.

The subject that dominated all speeches was autonomy.

PM O'Neill said New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan never failed to broach the subject of provincial empowerment at every opportunity.

"I want you to know that you have a believer in me," stated the PM.