Papua Nuova Guinea
Prime Minister James Marape this morning arrived before all his MPs at the Stanley hotel for the second Speaker’s Conference.
He said upon arrival that he was supposed to be on the Podium at 8:30am.
The business community was impressed.
One of his biggest announcements he made when he took the podium was that the Manus province will be the first province that companies operating there won’t pay corporate tax.
The Opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch also took the stage.
He acknowledged that they were part and partial of the government and his comments echo their exchanges while at the Laguna camp before the change of government.
A comment from him: “I am unhappy about the constant harping that PNG laws have been copied from overseas jurisdictions and that they are undermining the national interest. In recent days these views have generated an outcry along resource nationalism lines, fuelled by the failings of the O’Neill Government.”
“In reality PNG laws are not overly generous to investors.The authoritative Canadian-based Fraser Institute’s global ‘Investment Attractiveness Index’ places PNG’s minerals sector about the mid-way mark. Falling any lower would make PNG less attractive to investors,” he said.
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BY PATRICK MAKIS
The second phase of the voter enrollment exercise currently underway in Bougainville has been extended to June 23 by the Bougainville Referendum Commission.
This is to ensure all eligible voters have enough time to register and the extension is also due to the overwhelming response from Bougainvilleans to the enrollment exercise.
This is according to Chief Referendum Officer, Mauricio Claudio who called on Bougainvilleans to continue to support their ward recorders to ensure all eligible voters were registered and that a comprehensive roll was developed for the referendum.
“The commission had anticipated that it would take two weeks to conduct this second phase of enrollment but we have since decided to give an extension to give ward recorders more time to enrol all interested voters,” he said.
“We must all work together to produce a high quality and inclusive referendum roll according to the rules and regulations,” he added.
Meanwhile, enrollment for non-resident Bougainvilleans started on June 15 in the National Capital District and will start this week for the other provinces.
“Bougainvilleans living elsewhere in PNG can enrol at their respective PNG Electoral Comission offices,” the Chief Referendum Officer clarified.
Mr Claudio confirmed that the BRC was conducting its business according to set procedures agreed to by both the PNG and Bougainville governments in respect to the laws governing the referendum.
“The BRC is acting as a neutral umpire to ensure the referendum is conducted freely and fairly and people can be confident that the referendum is being conducted in full accordance of the laws set out by the two governments and the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
“The date, the question on the referendum ballot paper, the commission charter and the voter eligibility criteria are all established by the two governments in accordance with the peace agreement, the national constitution, the Bougainville constitution and the Organic Law on Peace Building.
“As the referendum roll is a different roll to the ones used for the ABG and national elections, we encourage all eligible voters to register their names,” he further clarified.
Mr Claudio explained that after the phase two enrollment exercise, a preliminary referendum roll would be developed and then displayed in all wards for people to check their names before the referendum roll was finalised.
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