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FIVE hundred United States marines and naval officers have arrived in Port Moresby aboard USS Green Bay to help provide security during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit.
The Marines are from the 469 Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron based in Okinawa, Japan. USS Green Bay is from the seventh US navy Fleet based in Sasebo, also in Japan.
Rear Admiral Brad Cooper, US Navy Commander Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet based in Okinawa, said they were in PNG to follow the footsteps of the US Undersecretary for Navy, Thomas Modly.
“This is the second US Navy ship to visit Port Moresby within two months. We are here to show that we are keen for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to support PNG host the Apec , Cooper said.
“Our presence and this ship is an open symbol of our assistance to PNG.”
Meanwhile, US Navy commanding officer and USS Green Bay Captain Tom Shultz said “the crew feels fortunate to have the opportunity to support Apec in PNG and had sailed for 10 days from home port at Sasebo.”
The US Navy has invested deeply in supporting the amphibious mission as can be seen in the innovative design and of this amphibious transport dock ship. This ship is equipped to support a variety of missions from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to full amphibious combat operations”.
USS Green Bay also has military helicopters on board for the US marines to use to deploy in the city during Apec security operations.
The PNG Stoma Society, led by ostomate Janet Yaki received a 12 seater vehicle from the Neville family yesterday, relieving the society off its transport needs.
This is not the first time, the family has come on board to assist the society; they donated a container fitted with shelves and air condition last year to help Janet meet her storage needs.
In a small but significant meet yesterday, the Neville family, led by Greg Neville donated the vehicle to the patron of the society and Minister for Works and Implementation, Francis Awesa.
The Nevilles are not new to PNG and particularly Southern Highlands Province, hence their assistance to the Stoma Society, led by a woman from Southern Highlands was welcome news to the society.
The family is also working on a plan to build a K1.5 million shelter near the Port Moresby General Hospital to help Janet work close to where the patients are.
Currently, Janet who is an ostomate herself operates from her house, using the family vehicle to supply other ostomates with things like colostomy bags.
She has even been almost attacked by criminals, but preservers in the work she does. The new vehicle she received yesterday is fitted with security features and will greatly assist do her work.
Patron of the Society, Francis Awesa welcomed this generous donation and commended Janet for the work she does to help those who aren’t able to access basic supplies.
The announcement by Powerplus General Manager and Director, Gerard Lau, was a huge shock to the summit organizers as well as the Madang business community and the provincial government leaders.
Lau had earlier during his Company’s presentation at the summit clarified that Powerplus through a series of transformations, from a construction equipment and spare parts supplier established since 1973 had evolved to be a global manufacturer of construction equipment in 2001.
Following his announcement, Lau went on to say that the company’s outlook for the Pacific region was to establish Powerplus Pacific Limited in Madang.
He said the assembly based in Madang has already had land area identified along the north coast road measuring 10,000 to 50,000 square metres and will cater for sales and marketing.
The area will also cater for technical development and training centre and parts and services.
Lau did not elaborate on the cost of setting up the plant and when work would commence however, he said the factory would employ up to 500 people during full scale operation.
The best-selling products for the factory in Madang would be for wheel loader, Excavator, Bull dozer, agricultural tractor, motor grader, backhoe, truck, forklift, crane (Crawler/truck/tower), plant (Concrete/Asphalt/Stone)
He said from the Madang factory the company would looking to exports to emerging markets in the Pacific covering Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand , East Timor Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Tonga.
He said Powerplus Group Inc. was incorporated in the United States 2001.
Its market game changer and brand influence was through its supply of spare parts to the US army for its mission in the Gulf War and in Afganistan.
“Powerplus offers an extensive and comprehensive range of construction equipment – an integrated solution to serve various-r construction needs,” Lau said.
The company’s international headquarter is Located in Powerplus Building – Singapore, where it houses: global Product Distribution; global Supply Chain, showroom, training Facility, eengineering Team and Spare Parts Depot.
Powerplus harness the best of American, European and Japanese technology and is Positioned as a middle to high-end brand manufacturer.
Currently, Powerplus Group is represented in more than 100 countries, and is a brand that has won world-wide recognition.
Its global presence of distributors and dealers spread across 100 countries across six continents.
Lau said Powerplus strives to be the best alternative to market leaders and aspires to be household brand in the construction equipment and road-making machinery industry.
Duban, who is also the Petroleum and Energy Minister, today met with the UPNG and Divine Word University Madang students and presented them cheques of K50,000 and K10,000 respectively.
“The K10,000 was for the DWU Madang Students Association to host their Madang Day later this year,” UPNG Madang student Len-Desiree Mandie told Loop PNG.
“Before the presentation there was a small reconciliation ceremony between the UPNG MSA and Mr Duban,” said Mandie.
“The UPNG MSA apologised to Mr Duban for their actions and some words that were spoken during the awareness period in May. And they expressed their gratitude to him for showing support and helping the students despite what happened between them during the awareness.”
The UPNG MSA presented a bilum and a live pig to Duban to show their respect and prove how sorry they were.
Since priority was given to Madang district, the first 18 students there received their tickets. They will be flying out starting Tuesday morning.
The presentation and reconciliation ceremony was held at the DWU Kibung Area.
Source: Radio New Zealand
Papua New Guinea’s government is to meet this week for discussions on ownership of major mining and petroleum projects and shareholding in the country.
Among the shareholding items which Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the National Executive Council will discuss is its involvement with Bougainville Copper Ltd.
Last month Rio Tinto gave away its majority shareholding in BCL to the Bougainville and PNG national governments, a move that angered Bougainville which had expected all the shares so it had control of the mine.
PNG’s government is also to discuss ownership of the Ok Tedi mine in Western Province.
The government had a 37% share in Ok Tedi when in 2013 it moved to take on a majority share by subsuming the 63% stake of the Sustainable Development Programme.
The move has been disputed by the SDP in a series of court actions.
However PNG Loop reports Mr O’Neill signalling an imminent statement this week about both situations, and issues related to shares in PNG’s LNG Project.
“I will be making a major statement after that (proposal) has been deliberated by the NEC,” he said.
“Let me say it again: This government wants to empower landowners to have rightful ownership of their resources. I will deliver to them before I go to the elections, this is my promise.”