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Sunday, 13 May

01:30

Oil Search calls for PNG government transparency on payments as frustrations build "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Oil Search is grappling with disquiet among Papua New Guinea communities about the delayed distribution of benefits from PNG LNG. Alamy

Angela Macdonald-Smith | Australian Financial Review | May 11 2018

Oil Search chairman Rick Lee has upped pressure on the Papua New Guinea government to hand out the benefits from the PNG LNG venture owed to local land owners in a bid to head off escalating resentment about the problem just before a targeted $US12 billion expansion.

Grilled by several local land owners and a pressure group at the annual shareholder meeting in Port Moresby, Mr Lee acknowledged growing frustrations about a lack of transparency on the fate of royalties paid to government from the $US19 billion venture.

Among the 15 licences covered by the PNG LNG project, three are caught up in legal tussles and have seen no distributions of benefits to land owners almost four years after production started. Other payments are running late amid a complex process still ongoing to ident...

00:34

When the dam breaks: European Banks investing over 100 billion in dirty extractive companies. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Timika, in the eastern province of Papua, Indonesia September 19, 2015. Bild: REUTERS/Muhammad Adimaja/Antara Foto

The Dirty Profits 6 report released by Facing Finance highlights the investments of ten european banks in ten extractive companies which continually violate human rights and damage the environment.

Facing Finance | 10. May 2018

Minerals and metals are an integral part of our daily lives, from smartphones to toothpaste, but the global extractives industry is also heavily involved in some of the worst labour, environmental and human rights violations, particularly in countries of the South. The industry also has a substantial impact on climate change, particularly those companies involved in the extraction of coal, oil, or in risky practices such as Arctic drilling. In fact, just 7 of the 10 companies shown are responsible for almost 8% of global GHG emissions. 

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Saturday, 12 May

20:00

Oil Search blames PNG government for slow payments "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Oil Search's central processing facility at Kutubu
The Oil Search central processing facility high in the mountains at Kutubu

COLE LATIMER | Sydney Morning Herald | Extract

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PORT MORESBY - Community discontent and violence around Oil Searchs PNG LNG project, is because of the Papua New Guinea government's failure to distribute LNG royalties, the company says.

At Oil Search's general meeting in Port Moresby on Friday, chairman Rick Lee strongly defended the ASX-listed company's compliance with its responsibilities on the $19 billion project.

He said the company is paying the royalties to the government who is supposed to give that money to the correct land owners.

Clearly it's the lack of distribution [of funds], not the lack of payment, that is the cause of it, he said.

"As far as Oil Search is concerned we have delivered to government and our partners have delivered to government all those revenues that are required of us under the licensing arrangement. [However], we acknowledge that benefits flowing from the project have not yet reached all landowners."

Oil Searchs community obligations were under the spotlight at it as the company was slammed for its PNG LNG project's social impacts. The PNG LNG project is one of the largest single resources projects in Papua New Guinea, producing and exporting around 7.9 million tonnes of LNG annually.

Oil Search defended its social licence stating that it has provided millions in funds for improving local communities through the PNG government but that the money was not making its way through to indigenous landowners.

The company said to date funds accrued are being held in a trust with the Bank of PNG. The PNG Government also holds a major stake in Oil Search itself, spending a large chunk of its GDP to acquire it in a de...

14:04

Canberra Raiders keeping Kato Ottio's dream alive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Sydney Morning Herald
By Caden Helmers
12 May 2018

Kato Ottio had a smile that could light up a room, and you would be hard-pressed to find a photo of him that doesn't show it.
Kato Ottio had a smile that could light up a room.
He arrived at Canberra Raiders headquarters with one goal - earn enough money to build his mother a house in Papua New Guinea.
Sia Soliola modelling the jersey that will be auctioned off for the Kato Ottio memorial fund.

At first he was almost silent - he knew little English and was a long way from home. But he was embraced by the club that is now working tirelessly to "keep his dream alive".
The Raiders were rocked when Ottio died of heatstroke in January, two days before he was due to fly to England to join the Super League's Widnes Vikings.
Now the club is paying tribute to Ottio through its indigenous round jerseys, which will bear his name on the inside collar when the Raiders face the Cr...

11:49

Setelah Ego-isme Pribadi, Penyakit Terbesar Kedua ialah Curiga-Mencurigai antara Sesama Pejuang "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Telah berulang-ulang Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) menangangkat isu "egoisme" sebagai persoalan terbesar, pertama dan utama, yang menghambat perjuangan Papua Merdeka. Egoisme dimaksud ada pada tingkat individu para pemimpin dan aktivis Papua Merdeka dan juga ada di tingkatan suku, klen, agama, kelompok politik, pertahanan masing-masing di seluruh kalangan orang Papua. Setelah "egoisme" penyakit berikutnya ialah "curiga-mencurigai",

Setelah Ego-isme Pribadi, Penyakit Terbesar Kedua ialah Curiga-Mencurigai antara Sesama Pejuang was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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11:23

Air Niugini to resume flights to Buka "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 AIR NIUGINI will resume daily flights into Buka airport starting next week.
Reliable sources told New Dawn FM that Technicians hired from New Zealand by the National Airport Corporation (NAC) which controls all airports in PNG will calibrate and test the lights tomorrow before flights can resume.
Sources at Air Niugini said that safety of passengers are very important to them and cannot resume flights until the NAC gives them the green light.
Our attempts to talk to the Public Relations people at Air Niugini office in Port Moresby were unsuccessful.

06:00

Russian vessel poised for historic port call in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

sputniknews.com
May 12, 2018

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Russian warship will make a first-ever port call this month in the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, Russias Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo told reporters.

"The Perekop training ship will make a historic business port call in Port Moresby," he said.

" This will be the first port call by a Russian military ship in the history of Russian-Papua New Guinean relations."

The warship with a crew of more than 200 cadets will arrive in the capital of the southwestern Pacific nation next Wednesday and will reportedly stay there through Saturday.

01:25

Plastic bag found in Mariana Trench, deepest place on Earth "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A plastic bag has been found on the ocean floor in the Mariana Trench almost 11km below the sea surface.

There is a growing concern that deep-sea ecosystems have already been and will be seriously impacted by direct exploitation of biological and non-biological resources, deep-sea trawling and mining, and infrastructure development, such as hydrocarbon plants and submarine cables,

Michael Daly | Stuff NZ | May 11 2018

A plastic bag has been seen nearly 11km under the ocean in the Earths deepest feature, the Mariana Trench.

The discovery was revealed in a recently-established database that shows the deep oceans are awash with rubbish.

Set up by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in March 2017, the database lists 3425 items of human-made debris seen in the deep sea.

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00:54

PNG LNG project has not delivered on promise of infrastructure and services new report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new report on the adverse social impacts of a Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas project has found four years after the project has been operational, the majority of the promised infrastructure and services has not been delivered.

Jubilee Australias new report On Shaky Ground: PNG LNG and the Consequences of Development Failure is the first independent comprehensive report of the social impacts of the PNG-LNG pipeline since it started operating in 2014.

PNG activist Lucielle Paru said:

The Huli and all those who have been affected by the PNG-LNG project from Hela Province to Central Province have not benefited.  The decision by the leader of the Peoples National Congress Leader and Prime Minister Peter ONeill to proceed with this project has destroyed PNGs economy. Peter ONeill should apologize to the people of PNG especially those directly affected by the PNG LNG project. There is a growing call not only by the landowners in the Hela Province bu...

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Friday, 11 May

21:00

Moresby, Melbourne court hearings will clarify future of Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The abandoned Panguna mine
The abandoned Panguna gold & copper mine - now the subject of separate court battles

KEVIN McQUILLAN | Business Advantage PNG | Pacific Media Centre

PORT MORESBY - Two court hearings next week one in Port Moresby and the other in Melbourne will help determine the future of the exploration licence for the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville.

The decision to refuse an extension of Bougainville Copper Ltds (BCL) exploration licence and to impose an indefinite moratorium over the Panguna resource followed a statutory wardens meeting in December 2017.

There was a narrow divide between those supporting the mine to be opened by Bougainville Copper Ltd and those that oppose it, according to Bougainville President John Momis.

BCL has successfully sought leave to apply for a judicial review of the decision to refuse its licence extension, citing legal and procedural concerns.

While the moratorium has been gazetted, it has no impact on existing exploration licences or applications for extension, lodged prior to the moratorium, said BCL company secretary Mark Hitchcock.

BCL remains the holder of the exploration licence until the matter is ultimately determined, he said.

BCL has held the licence since the mine closed in 1989. The company is now owned by the PNG national government (36.4%), the Autonomous Bougainville Government (36.4%), European shareholders (4%) and 23.2% through the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Rio Tinto gave away its stake in 2016.

Those opposing BCLs involvement are led by Philip Miriori, who claims chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA).

He has thrown his support behind a bid by Perth-based junior miner, RTG Mining, to gain the exploration licence, setting up a joint venture company, Central Exploration, of which RTG owns 24%.

One of RTGs major shareholders holds another 32%, and SMLOLA retains 44%.

Mirioris chairmanship of the SMLOLA remains in dispute. The 367 authorised customary heads of...

14:47

BSP announces Mobile Phone Banking on Bmobile-Vodafone network "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BSP is pleased to announce that BSP Mobile Banking Service is now available to bmobile-vodafone subscribers.  The USSD Menu-based service which was initially available to Digicel customers has now been extended to bmobile-vodafone subscribers.Customers can now register, activate and access their BSP account by dialling the short code *131#.

BSP Deputy General Manager Digital Banking, Ms Nuni Kulu, reaffirmed the bank's commitment to making financial services available for all Papua New Guineans.

"As more Papua New Guineans become more technology-savvy, BSP continues to enhance financial services. We began offering the Mobile Banking service in 2009, to Digicel subscribers, and now pleased to extend this service to bmobile-vodafone users," said Ms Kulu.

"This is part of our effort in ensuring that we make financial services more accessible for our customers and convenient which saves valuable time", she added.

For instance, if you are away and need to send money home or to your family, simply transfer funds from your account to another account and pay bills as well. You can do this anytime and anywhere with your mobile phone.

BSP Mobile Banking enables you to access your account to pay for mobile credits and electricity units in real time directly to your phone.  Avoid cash payments, and choose the cheaper way to manage your payments, without visiting the branch and certainly avoid waiting in a queue.

Register for BSP Mobile Banking to view account details on your mobile phone. Once registered, you must activate the service to access the following transactions:

Balance Enquiry: View your BSP account balance and view a mini statement. If you have more than one Account, you can link all your accounts to your registered mobile number.
Funds Transfer: Make a funds transfer from your nominated BSP account to another account with BSP or transfer funds to accounts with other Banks.
Top Up: Pay for Easipay or mobile airtime and receive the token in an SMS to your phone.
SMS Alerts: Manage SMS Alerts you want to receive for activity on your account, such as a salary alerts, which will advise you that your salary has been credited to your account.
BillPay: Pay your bills on time and manage your Billers from a growing number of companies.
BSP is pleased to welcome bmobile-vodafone customers to BSP Mobile Banking.

Register for mobi...

13:55

Nararas proudly flying PNG flag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Malum Nalu, thenational.com.pg
May 11, 2018

THE Flying Nararas from Milne Bay have been holding high the Papua New Guinea flag high internationally from their base in the United Arab Emirates.
The latest achievement was in February, 2018, when young Nigel Narara checked out on the Airbus A330 aircraft as a captain.
Two generations of pilots. Captains Nigel, Tico and Granger Matata in a photo shoot prior to Dublin, Shanghangai and Johannesburg respectively.
He is now flying as a commander on both the A330 and A320 under the mixed-fleet flying programme with Etihad Airways.
Nigel moved to the UAE as a seven-year-old year old when his father Granger Narara began flying for Emirates Airlines in 1991, after leaving Air Niugini to work with Emirates Airlines as an A310 captain
After 15 years in Emirates, Granger moved to Etihad Airways where he is currently a senior instructor on A330/340 aircraft.
Nigel completed all his primary and secondary education in the UAE and went on to Embry Riddle Aeronautical College in Prescott, Arizona, USA in 2001 to do a degree in aeronautical science, until the events of Sept 11, 2001 put an end to those dreams.
He then transferred to the Royal Queensland Aero Club at Archerfield in Brisbane in 2003 where he completed his commercial pilots license and instrument rating.
He started his flying career with Milne Bay Airlines (now PNG Air), where he worked from 2004 to 2006, flying the Twin-Otter based in Port Moresby and Kairik in Enga.
In 2007, Nigel was able to secure a job as a cadet first officer with Air Arabia, a low cost airline based in the UAE, flying the Airbus A320 on a regional network, until August 2012 when he was employed by Etihad as a first officer on the Airbus A330.
When the wheels of the Etihad Airways Airbus A330 Flight 055 lifted off the ground in A...

13:53

PNG welcomes funding boost from Australia and New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister  Rimbink Pato says the funding boost by Australia and New Zealand will assist Pacific nations advance their capacities to develop economically.

At the same time it will also enhance governance and security in island states, he said.

Mr Pato was responding to Australias A$1.3 billion (K3.28bn) aid package for the region handed down by Finance Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday night.

He also cited New Zealands NZ$714 million (K1.69bn) aid for the region announced by his Kiwi counterpart Winston Peters.

The big increase in their budgets by both of these close friends of PNG looks set to give Pacific Island states the opportunity to boost our capacity to develop economically and in governance and security, Mr Pato said.

Australia is already our biggest development partner in the Pacific, and to PNG in particular, but this generous increase to $1.3 billion makes it the biggest assistance package ever and so is destined to have a significant impact.

We are grateful for the support of the esteemed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his respected Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and all those other ministers I recently met with in Brisbane and London.

The extremely generous assistance for us to host APEC, nearly $20 million and to install an underwater communications cable are examples of the support, but let me also mention the funding for future leaders and many other projects too numerous to list.

Our good friend in New Zealand, Foreign Minister Winston Peters, announced a 30 per cent increase in his countrys foreign aid budget to reach NZ$714 million, and we are very pleased that this is going to the neighbourhood, to the Pacific.

Mr Pato said it had become clear during recent meetings between Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Australian and New Zealand counterparts, as well as between foreign and trade ministers, that the relationship with Papua New Guinea was highly valued.

Mr Pato said Papua New Guinea also welcomes the development assistance provided by friends such as Japan, the United States of America, South Korea and China.

12:19

Inaugural SME Digital Innovation Awards "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The inaugural SME Digital Innovative Awards HAS been launched to recognise achievements of Papua New Guinea businesses contributing to digital innovation.

The awards is the result of a partnership between ExxonMobil PNG Limited and the IBBM Enterprise Centre. The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards will be presented at the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit. It will focus on SMEs that utilise digital technology innovation as part of their processes, or that provide a service using technology. Awards will be presented across three categories including micro, small and medium enterprises. ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry, said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to recognising and encouraging SMEs that use technology platforms to continue evolving in an ever-growing digital world. Award winners will be announced at the ABAC MSME Summit being held in Port Moresby from 10 11 September 2018. Winners will receive training provided by the IBBM Enterprise Centre and equipment to support future digital endeavors. Finalists from the 2018 SME Digital Innovation Award will be nominated as finalists in the 2019 IBBM Biennial SME Awards under the digital innovation category.

12:19

Inaugural SME Digital Innovation Awards "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The inaugural SME Digital Innovative Awards HAS been launched to recognise achievements of Papua New Guinea businesses contributing to digital innovation.

The awards is the result of a partnership between ExxonMobil PNG Limited and the IBBM Enterprise Centre. The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards will be presented at the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit. It will focus on SMEs that utilise digital technology innovation as part of their processes, or that provide a service using technology. Awards will be presented across three categories including micro, small and medium enterprises. ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry, said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to recognising and encouraging SMEs that use technology platforms to continue evolving in an ever-growing digital world. Award winners will be announced at the ABAC MSME Summit being held in Port Moresby from 10 11 September 2018. Winners will receive training provided by the IBBM Enterprise Centre and equipment to support future digital endeavors. Finalists from the 2018 SME Digital Innovation Award will be nominated as finalists in the 2019 IBBM Biennial SME Awards under the digital innovation category.

00:58

PNG gas project may spark new civil war "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Armed clansmen in the town of Komo in Papua New Guineas Hela Province. Photo Michael Main.

Australian Associated Press | 10 May 2018

A new report on a partly Australian-funded Papua New Guinea gas project warns landowner discontent could spiral out of control.

A partly Australian-funded liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guineas southern highlands has the hallmarks of another Bougainville civil war, a new report warns.

The ExxonMobil-led project, which attracted a half billion dollar Australian government loan in 2009, supplies eight million tonnes of gas a year to Japan, South Korea and China.

Despite gas flowing since 2014, landowners in Hela province are yet to receive royalty payments, resulting in escalating tensions, tribal violence, incidents of hostage-taking, blockades and sabotage.

A new report from Australian think tank Jubilee Australia warns there are risks landowner discontent could spiral out of control and might force the PNG government into a m...

00:03

Frustration builds around PNGs LNG project rights group "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades

Radio New Zealand

An Australian human rights NGO says there is a lot of frustration in Papua New Guineas Hela province at the lack of benefits from the huge LNG project.

Jubilee Australia has just issued the second of several reports into the $US19 billion dollar ExxonMobil project.

The first report detailed the failure of the scheme, and the PNG Government, to deliver of huge promises of dramatic economic growth, many more jobs and much higher wages.

Now Jubilees Luke Fletcher says in Hela, where most of the project is sited, people have not received any royalty payments and none of the promised infrastructure improvements have been made.

Now those promises were probably overinflated but the point is that people were expecting it, Mr Fletcher said.

Quality of life is not good, it h...

Thursday, 10 May

21:30

Fortnightly Links: aid data, donors and spending, how to rig an election, and more "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The OECD has a detailed new report on how much aid donors give to civil society and what its spent on.

Jo Chandlers beautiful reporting for the Monthly puts human faces on the sometimes dry topic of the resource curse in Papua New Guinea.

Continuing their tradition of clearly communicating the findings of robust evaluations, Oxfam UK have a handy summary of what they learned about evaluating womens empowerment projects through a meta-analysis.

DFAT have updated their high-level aid data (and in user friendly spreadsheets too!). Access it all here.

A fascinating podcast on how to rig an election, covering the types of electoral fraud and the logic underpinning it.

The post Fortnightly Links: aid data, donors and spending, how to rig an election, and more appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

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