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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Embarking on initiatives to improve forestry

Source: The National, Wednesday September 10th, 2014
THE Forest Ministry is embarking on new initiatives to improve the industry including the equal participation of resource owners at the decision making level. “A review of the Forestry Act 1991 and the accompanying regulations to further strengthen the forestry laws and consolidate the various amendments to the legislations to date and to allow for better representation of the forest resource owners on the National Forest Board,” Minister Douglas Tomuriesa said in Parliament last week. “A review of all logging and marketing agreements to ensure that all project developers honour their obligations to the resource owners and the State,” he said. Tomuriesa said he planned to establish an association that was equivalent to the Forest Industry Association to represent the forest resource owners’ interests throughout the country. He added that a mechanism would be created to counter transfer pricing in the industry. “Despite being outlawed by the Forest Act, there is anecdotal evidence that transfer pricing is rife in the forest industry in PNG. We do not know whether we are taxing the industry enough,” he said. “An option open to the Government is to establish a state marketing agency to guard against the practice of transfer pricing in the industry.”

Telling stories of and for Melanesian women: an interview with Amanda Donigi

Telling stories of and for Melanesian women: an interview with Amanda Donigi

Thursday, September 4, 2014

M’sia tops investment

Source: The National, Thursday September 4th, 2014 Foreign direct investment by Malaysian companies in Papua New Guinea is said to be one of the biggest compared to investments from other countries. Last year, its total trade in PNG amounted to US$651.7 million (K1.58 billion). The country is rich with agriculture and natural resources products and Malaysia sourced mainly these products from PNG. Information from the Investment Promotion Authority shows investments by Malaysian firms are in all three sectors of the economy. In the primary sector, 69 companies are involved in forestry, 15 in agriculture, six in mining and petroleum and one in fisheries. In the secondary sector, 16 are in business management and consultancy services, 10 in the manufacturing industry. In tertiary sector, 51 are in wholesale and retail businesses, 44 in real estate, 29 in construction work, 12 in transport services and 11 in financing services. According to the Malaysian diplomatic office, its investment in PNG is among the highest in terms of value. Last year, proposed investment recorded at K6.3 billion mainly concentrated in wholesale and retail, financial intermediation, forestry, manufacturing and agriculture. The IPA has certified a total of 650 Malaysian enterprises to conduct business since 1999 with estimated 40,000 jobs created for local at various levels.
Rimbunan Hijau a major investor in Papua New Guinea in logging and other diversified businesses.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF ILLEGAL

Illegal is defined in the Oxford dictionary as not allowed by the law. The Forestry Act (a) 1991 defines timber permit as a timber permit qranted under Section 73 or 75 of the Act. Section 73 (3) states that the effect of a timber permit is to authorize the holder to carry out the operation specified therein in the project area for the term and subject to the conditions specified therein and in accordance with the project statement, five year working plans and annual logging plans. Therefore, the legal logging under Papua New Guinea Forestry Act is when the timber permit holder carry out the operations in compliance of the terms and conditions of the timber Permit. The Non—Government Organization with their green agenda defines illegal logging as: “At its basic, illegal logging occurs when trees we cut, transported, brought or sold in violation of national laws”. Source.www.greenpeace.org.uk The logging operation in Papua New Guinea is very closely monitored by the SGS whom audit all logging operations and the exports thereof. In recent years the definition was widen to include unrealistic green agenda of sustainability, hence tainting all legal logging operations as illegal according to the newly invented sustainability definition. The classic unrealistic sustainability definition reads as follows: A new concept in environmental and human affairs was introduced with Brudtland Declaration of 1987: “Sustainable development is development that “meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Implicit in this often–quoted definition is the idea that the natural environment faces stress and overexploitation and will not be able to indefinitely meet escalating human demands. By itself, the Brundtland definition is insufficient. “How does one define “needs,” as opposed to wants or even excessive luxury? Is a lowering of living standards acceptable? Is barely enough to eat and minimum shelter good enough? What about education and medical care? Does sustainability imply some equity in distribution of goods, or might an increasing gap between rich and poor meet sustainability test (if environmental and population stability are achieved)? Is ecosystem health important for itself, or it sustain humans”. The Brudtland Declaration suggest some answers. “Linking global inequity to environmental degradation, it calls for a decrease in consumption in the wealthy global north, together with development for the impoverished global south. The implicit problem here is that the wealthy are often protected from the environmental costs of lifestyles, while the poor often lack the means to care for their immediate environment”. Source: www.csa.com

Monday, February 24, 2014

TODAY’S CHILDREN TOMORROW’S LEADERS

Children have always held an important place in the culture and traditions of Papua New Guinea. They are the source of group strengths, descent, identity and other kin-related values. They are the future of the tribe and the State, the embodiment of development, security and justice espoused in the country’s Constitution. Children make up almost half of Papua New Guinea’s largely rural population. The population is estimated at 6.2 million; a vast majority of them live in hard to reach areas, with difficulty in accessing services. Despite having great potential, the population remains fragmented and poverty is deepening for the majority of them. According to most recent estimates 40 per cent live in absolute poverty. In the local Oro dialect Tembari means “Drifter or roaming around”, and just outside of Port Moresby at 7 mile ATS Oro settlement is the Tembari Children’s Care Inc. (TCC) a community based organization (CBO) is a day care facility formed to promote and improve the living standards of venerable children and also to educate communities on children’s rights to survival, protection development and participation. To date it has taken more than 200 children – orphans, abandoned and the unfortunate by serving them with two meals a day and providing early child hood education for children from the ATS Oro settlement. Tembari, which provides pre-school, elementary and primary education to its beneficiaries and the other children within community, also conducts a feeding program from Monday to Friday. Most of the children after passing out of the school have attended other primary schools for upper primary education and one each has attended Jubilee and Gerehu Secondary schools. Tembari Children Care was founded by Mrs. Penny Sage-embo in 3rd of March of 2003 as a small Children’s Fellowship Group (CFG) while being a Sunday school teacher of the Anglican Church Sunday School Ministry. She is also a HIV/AIDS Community Educator doing counseling, caring and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The main source of funding and support since its inception comes from corporate entities, foundations, individuals and others. To name a few, Curtain Brothers, Dekenai Construction, RH PNG Group, the Water Company, Malaysian Association of PNG, Australian High Commission, Filipino Association of PNG and the list goes on. The external support and assistance comes by way of donations like food, building materials, water tanks and even cash to fund the daily operations, wages for volunteer staffs and importantly food for the feeding program. According to Hayward Sagembo the Chairman of TCC, they wanted an urgent assistance for a double classroom for Grade three and four, uniforms, fencing and basic stationeries for the running of the school. In addition, they urgently need a mini van for pick up and drop off children from the centre in other schools within the city and daily runs for the office and some protein and a four burner electric stove. “We have not received any form of support from the Government through the Office of Community Development, Member for Port Moresby North East, NCD Education authorities and even the NCD Governor since we started operation in 2008”, according to Hayward. Since ATS Oro settlement will become developed to an urban suburb or need soon there will be a greater demand for a school within that area. So how can we partner with the government to deliver this much needed services to our unfortunate kids in the settlement area?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

RH Foundation assists Tembari Children Care again

Lyanne Togiba (r) of RH Foundation presenting the cheque to hayward Sagembo founder of the care centre. RH Foundation Inc. the charity arm of Rimbunan Hijau PNG Group has again stepped to assist the Voluteers of Tembari Children care with a cheque for K3,500.00. This is for Tembari to purchase the much needed materials to complete a 20m x 6m Semi permanent building that will house 3 x classrooms, 1 x office, 1 x store room, 1 x kitchen and a dinning room that can fit up to 100 children. Since the school resumes on the 04th of February it was timely for this assiatnce. Hayward Sagembo, the founder of Tembari children was lost for words when he was called in to collect the cheque and once again thanked Rimbunan Hijau for its continous support all these years.