, The Vanua’aku Pati (VP) is loyal to the Salwai-led Government.

VP National Coordinator, Avio Roberts, said the party has supported the government since its formation and will continue to support it.

“We will make sure that Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will complete his term, this government has VP’s full support,” said Mr Roberts.

Asked about the signatures of two VP MPs on the motion of no confidence, he said the two VP MPs have withdrawn their signatures.

“There were only two VP MPs that signed the motion when they were with the opposition, it is believed that they signed an old motion and their signatures were used on this motion,” he added.

The VP National coordinator said the two MPs are the new Minister of Agriculture, Hosea Nevu and MP Toara Daniel.

He made the clarification in an interview with Kizzy Kalsakau from 96Buzz FM.

Source: By Terence Malapa, the Vanuatu Daily Post

United Nations sees PNG’s population growth a problem

THE high rate of population growth in Papua New Guinea is deemed to be a problem in terms of health since there are insufficient basic health services for the rising population.

According to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country representative Koffi Kouame, the population growth rate for PNG was 3.1 per cent, which was high and many people would be deprived of basic healthcare.

As part of partnering in bringing development to the communities, UNFPA donated US$700,000 (K2.3 million) worth of health commodities and medical equipment to the National Department of Health to help improve family planning and reduce maternal health problems and HIV and AIDS.

“The donations falls under

UNFPA’s support to the PNG Government in its efforts to provide healthcare to the citizens,” Kouame said.
“We cannot control population growth because everyone has a choice whether to have children or not, but we want to make sure they know the different methods of family planning so that they may choose wisely.

We are also working with the government to make sure everyone is cared for.”

Kouame said the donation was in line with the overall United Nations development assistances to PNG to ensure “no one is left behind” in exercising their reproductive rights and choices.

“UNFPA will continue partnering with the government under the UN development assistance framework and ensure that all women and girls have access to quality family planning, safe birth and infection-free from sexual transmitted infections and HIV to enjoy their reproductive rights,” he said.
The commodities and medical equipment include:

  • 6.1 million male condoms;
  • 500,000 female condoms;
  • 5000 injectable sayana press;
  • 9949 intra uterine device (IUD);
  • 30,000 levoplant implants;
  • 350 bib-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) kits;
  • 20 delivery beds;
  • 20 delivery lights; and
  • One manual vacuum extractor.

National health standard services deputy secretary Dr Paision Dakulala thanked the United Nations

Population Fund for its continuous support to the country when receiving the products on behalf of the Health Department.

Dakulala said the department had been struggling to provide for “the growing population and this donation would be of great help”.

He said that the products would help in the choices that people made in their everyday lives, especially with condoms.

Dakulala said the donations were timely and would be distributed to all provinces.

Source: The National PNG

Ngangan announces plan for selling of Apec assets

By LUKE KAMA, the National PNG

THE Central Supplies and Tenders Board (CSTB) will start the public disposal process of assets purchased and owned by the PNG Apec Coordination Authority soon, acting chairman Dr Ken Ngangan says.
Ngangan also the Finance Secretary, told The National yesterday that the process of stock-taking and accounting for all the assets owned by the authority was underway.

The disposal of the assets through the public tender process will start after that.

“We are finalising the list of all assets purchased by the authority including the vehicles,” Ngangan said.
“We will this week send out letters and public notices for all assets to be returned to a common location.
“Once all assets purchased by the authority are accounted for, we will commence the public disposal process through public tender.”

He said the tendes board would work with the Government to decide which assets should be allocated to public institutions and which ones to be sold.

“All these processes will be undertaken and managed publicly and transparently for all to see,” he said.
Apec Minister Justin Tkatchenko earlier said the Apec Authority would cease to exist at the end of next month.

For that reason, all assets owned by the authority will have to be disposed of through public tender before the end of December.

Tkatchenko said proceeds from the sale of those assets would assist the Government recover some of the money spent to host the Apec Leader’s Summit this month.

Some of the buses donated by the Chinese Government will be given to the National Capital District Commission to be used for free public transport in Port Moresby.