"Revenue for next year is projected to be 12.9 billion kina ($5.02 billion) while expenditure is projected to be its highest ever in PNG's history, a level of 19.6 billion kina," University of Papua New Guinea economist Maholopa Laveil told Pacific Beat this week. When his team returned to Parliament, there were only 50 MPs. Of those remaining offshore, all are adults and most have been there since 2013. Three issues to watch are: the Supreme Court ruling on the validity of Prime Minister James Marape’s election on 30 May 2019; Kerenga Kua’s challenge against the appointment of Belden Namah as the opposition leader; and the expiry of the 18-month post-election grace period from a vote of no confidence on 28 November 2020. Easy to navigate: Flip through pages, zoom in and out for easy reading. Mr Somare had been receiving medical treatment overseas for months, and the Opposition — which was also led by Belden Namah back then — declared that the position of Prime Minister was vacant due to Mr Somare's long absence. It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in … PORT MORESBY, 7 February 2020: The economy of Papua New Guinea (PNG) continues to face economic headwinds resulting from global and domestic economic uncertainties, according to the latest World Bank economic update for the country, released today. Climate Change The global temperatures are rising, and are estimated to increase from 2.6 degrees Celsius to 4.8 degrees Celsius by 2100. Porgera: Barrick-PNG talks go on - Read more. Current Issue. Taking vanilla beans across the Indonesian border will not put Papua New Guinea on the global market, according to Papindo, the largest nationally-owned retail chain in the country. Last modified on Sat 1 Aug 2020 16.11 EDT . Public service delivery, particularly with infrastructure, will be a challenge in the face of limited revenue receipts. 2020-12-31 16:45:04 UTC at 16:45 December 31, 2020 UTC Location: Epicenter at -5.039, 144.641 101.2 km from Mount Hagen (62.2 miles) New Guinea, Papua New Guinea Key strategies 2 Specific initiatives 2 What is an SME 4 The Reserved Activity List 4 Conclusion 6 In March 2016 the O’Neill Government launched their SME Policy 2016, comprising the SME Policy 2016 document itself, plus a Master Plan 2016-2030 and Master Plan Summary 2016-2030. Highlights. With no-one to oppose them, the Government passed its budget and suspended Parliament until April next year. in Port Moresby:            Lydia Kaia, +675 321 7111,  lkaia@worldbank.org, in Sydney:                     Tom Perry, +61 404 460 330, tperry@worldbank.org, Global data and statistics, research and publications, and topics in poverty and development, Environmental and Social Policies for Projects. Parijat Lanke & Papri Nath. Now the court battle gets underway, with both sides claiming that the other broke the rules. Mr Marape took power at the end of May last year, and his grace period was set to expire at the end of this month. Browse the list of issues and latest articles from Current Issues in Tourism. In a sense, yes — votes of no confidence are just part of the political landscape in Papua New Guinea. English, Tok Pisin (Pidgin), and Hiri Motu (the lingua franca of the Papuan region) are the official languages. Abstract | Full Text | References | PDF (835 KB) | EPUB | Permissions 290 Views; 0 CrossRef citations; Altmetric; letter. K4.6 billion predicted for 2020 Economy 12 JAN 2021. For the moment, Mr Marape is remaining in the top job, and he is saying "it's business as usual". Government … Namah: Morauta was my mentor. Comments. Cancer in PNG: One of the health issues in PNG is Cancer. It points to a growing risk that the longer the foreign exchange shortages continue, the more likely it i… “The Current and Future Issues of PNG Business Situation in the Aftermath of COVID-19” on 17 July 2020. Posted Fri Friday 20 Nov November 2020 at 7:13pm Fri Friday 20 Nov November 2020 at 7:13pm, updated Sat Saturday 21 Nov November 2020 … The World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) show little overall improvement in governance in Papua New Guinea in the period between 1998 and 2014. If the Opposition's challenge is successful, Parliament could be back in December — if not, it will be back in April. At least 12 refugees and asylum seekers have died in Australia’s offshore processing system since 2013, six of them suicides. 340. Article Views : 2,685. Reporting of corruption in the traditional media and on social media platforms is relatively free and will likely continue. Here's what you need to know about the unfolding political drama in Australia's nearest neighbour. "We are confident that we will walk into Parliament on the 1st of December and we will conclude from the adjournment we made last week. The World Bank Group continues to grow its presence across Papua New Guinea (PNG) and is committed to responding swiftly to the country’s most pressing issues. Government 10 JAN 2021. It's unclear who the Opposition will put forward as its alternate Prime Minister if it gets a chance. Papua New Guinea tackles the threat of COVID-19 with an all-of-government approach . 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To learn more about cookies, click here. This in turn has been reflected in sluggish domestic demand, as confirmed by a shortfall in non-resource tax revenue and lower inflation. 2,640,304 (2019) 47.4% employment rate (2010) Labour force by occupation. The following morning the Government's remaining MPs returned to Parliament alone, while the Opposition was still out of town. Papua New Guinea's GDP is expected to contract by 2.9% in 2020 and grow by 2.5% in 2021 – ADO 2020 Update Papua New Guinea's inflation rates forecasted at 3.3% in 2020 and 3.8% in 2021 – ADO 2020 … 10 years of current issues in methods and practice. Search. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on-the-go, your Business News will never be further than a click away! He wasn't able to do that, but he has already lodged another application with the Supreme Court trying to have the sitting ruled illegal. Most people living in PNG are Melanesian, but some are Micronesian or Polynesian. Sat 1 Aug 2020 16.00 EDT. Ms Milli from the University of Papua New Guinea said there could be a lot of movement of MPs between the two camps in the weeks ahead. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. 41.9 medium (2009, World Bank) Human Development Index. This article has multiple issues. What started with the shock defection of dozens of Government ministers and MPs to the Opposition, is now going to the country's Supreme Court. Papindo issues vanilla warning as price soars. In addition to its Supreme Court challenge about the legality of the last sitting of Parliament, the Opposition Leader Belden Namah also has a long-running court case challenging the validity of the vote that saw Mr Marape become Prime Minister back in May 2019. "It's difficult to predict how people move back and forth, but it is expected — there should be some movement.". This site uses cookies to optimize functionality and give you the best possible experience. 710. ... 4.4% (2020 est.) Namaliu, Lepani to deliver eulogy. Marape tribute to Morauta. The Government’s WASH Policy 2015 - 2030 indicates that 89 per cent of people in urban areas and 33 percent in rural areas have access to safe water while 57 percent of urban dwellers and only 13 percent of the rural population have access to basic sanitation. Jan 12 2021 - 14:53. While it happened quickly, Geejay Milli, a lecturer in political science at the University of Papua New Guinea, said it wasn't entirely surprising. letter. Either way, a vote of no confidence in Mr Marape will still be possible: the main difference will be how long each side gets to bolster their numbers before Parliament returns. Around 10 minutes into the session, the Opposition dramatically entered the chamber, with dozens of Government ministers and MPs among their ranks. Mr Marape, for his part, has described the Opposition as wanting to "maintain the status quo of corruption, big boys elite politics [and] multinational lobbyism", arguing his Government was "changing [the] country's policies and laws for a better future". “PNG’s growth outlook remains positive, but projected GDP growth rates are lower than our previous forecasts, mainly due to delays in finalizing agreements and launching large new resource projects,” said Ilyas Sarsenov, World Bank Senior Economist for Papua New Guinea. NEW: Digital version of PNG Report magazine - View here. 0.543 low (2018) N/A IHDI (2018) Labour force. Outline. Current Issues in Tourism, Volume 23, Issue 24 (2020) Research Letters . When PNG's Parliament opened last Friday, more than half of the members were missing and several Government benches were notably empty. The recent tariff cut by China, despite the coronavirus, is a welcome positive signal for the global trade. PNG has over 800 known languages. Pages: 3016-3024. World Bank’s latest economic update for PNG forecasts drop in growth rate to 3 percent; calls for greater investment in human capital PORT MORESBY, 7 February 2020: The economy of Papua New Guinea (PNG) continues to face economic headwinds resulting from global and domestic economic uncertainties, according to the latest World Bank economic update for the country, released today. The outline of the seminar is as follows. "The judges are quite familiar with the importance of the issue, the sensitivity of the issue, and how to go about bringing a decision that is consistent with the law.". "No-one in their right mind shuts down an operating gold mine when the prices are at the top of its peak.". JSB meeting set for Buka. "[Votes of no confidence] create a very dynamic space where there is the potential to seize political power from parties and from groups," said Bal Kama, an expert on PNG constitutional law at the Australian National University. World Bank’s latest economic update for PNG forecasts drop in growth rate to 3 percent; calls for greater investment in human capital. Papua New Guinea (PNG) has a population of approximately 7.7 million. But if a week is a long time in politics, five months is an eternity. The report also provides an in-depth examination of the relationship between inclusiveness of growth and human capital (the health, knowledge, skills and resilience people accumulate). News release. PNG’s courts will remain independent and a small number of corruption cases against members of parliament, including cabinet ministers, will continue to be successively prosecuted. Mr Marape came to power promising to get a bigger slice of resources revenue and to make PNG the "richest black Christian nation". Mr O'Neill is a prominent member of the opposition bloc, which points to another factor at play: political rivalries. 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