PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, James Marape, consolidated his political capital with 52 MPs and urged calm to Papua New Guineans, the business community, international friends, supporters and political observers in a press conference on Friday.
He warned against corporate lobbyism by mineral resource developers peddling money bags as part of their questionable pursuits. You can link here to his full press conference.
I want to tell you what we, most Papua New Guineans, know and feel.
James Marape's resolute stand on the Porgera special mining lease issue won the people’s hearts. That's massive political capital built by Marape and it will not be eroded easily by day traders and carpetbaggers with zilch at heart for the interests of the common people.
We know and feel that our beloved country and her people’s interests were at the core of the Marape government's decision to allowing Barrick Niugini Ltd's Porgera mine lease expire.
Lobbying, from whichever quarter it is emanating, will end in disappointment.
Marape's government, demonstrated it was serious in availing a credit enhancement facility of K200 million through PNG-owned banks for PNG-owned small to medium size enterprises. It was a clear testament to the belief in our people's economic well-being and self-reliance.
The passing of the amendments to the Mineral Acts in parliament last week will greatly assist this national journey of self-sufficiency and economic independence.
The passing of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Act, also achieved in parliament last week, is a powerful statement of purpose and intent for a fair and equitable homeland.
The 85% price drop in internet services was a landmark decision of the Marape government on 1 July 2019.
The people of Papua New Guinea are calm and at peace. We stand united with Marape's government to see through the remaining term of this eighth parliament.