TONY CHARLES WATTZ KEROWA
| PNG News | Edited
PORT MORESBY – Why are so many people supporting prime minister James Marape?
It’s because he has revolutionary ideas that will propel this country into economic independence in years to come.
Let me highlight some achievements so far.
- The change in resources laws giving greater benefit to the country, host provinces and landowners. These laws will reap greater rewards for our country’s resources including, mining, oil and gas, timber, oil palm, nickel and others.
- Injecting funds into agriculture, which is always the backbone of the country. Marape appointed three vice ministers, covering fisheries, agriculture and livestock.
- Public service reforms by cutting out unnecessary red tape.
- Law and order has been given attention and for the first time serious discussion. Real laws have been passed to combat corruption.
- District and provincial services improvement funds SIP rightfully belonging to PNG’s 89 districts and are not being tampered with unlike the O’Neill regime.
- For the first time, the small to medium enterprises (SME) sector is being supported through making money available at BSP and NDB banks for small business to use. The SME sector’s contribution to employment by creating jobs is welcome.
- The passing of the law to establish ICAC, the Whistle Blowers Act and allowing freedom for the judiciary.
- Freedom of the press as it should be after being suppressed for so long.
- Open and transparent negotiation of national projects in the resource sector.
- Open communication and listening to local MPs and governors and to the entire country’s opinions, concerns and ideas – something the country lacked for so long.
- Fighting for fair share of the benefits for landowners and the government from resource projects.
- Refinancing previously high interest loans with low to zero interest loans for better debt management.
There are more but believe me this has been done in only 18 months. Why can’t we give Marape more time like the previous regime had?
The changes are huge and over time the future generations will reap the benefits from such decisions.