Former dean of the University of Papua New Guinea Law School Dr Mange Matui formally took office as the secretary for Constitutional Law Reform Commission (CLRC). Dr Matui told the chairman, former secretary and staff of CLRC that he has been reading through all the documents given to him and he understands clearly his task as the secretary of the organisation.
Investors and stakeholders in the resource industry have expressed satisfaction to amendments to the existing resource laws, says Prime Minister James Marape. He said for the revised Oil and Gas Act and other resource laws, the conversations that the state has with the industry has been positive. He said the industry is willing to embrace changes that the government will be introducing in the amendments.
Prime Minister James Marape says he hopes to have the Independent Commission Against Corruption Bill and Whistleblowers Act passed in Parliament by the middle of the year. Marape told members of the business community that this would be part of the Government’s role to give confidence to the private sector and provide a conducive environment for them to operate in. He added it was important the new laws matched the existing ones and did not allow the possibility for misinterpretation and abuse.
Prime Minister James Marape issued a stern warning to illegal foreigners involved in illegal activities to leave the country voluntarily and those who fail or refuse to leave will be dealt with severely for breaching migration laws. Immigration and Border Security Minister Westly Nukundj said that foreigners who continued to violate immigration laws and policies of the country would be severely dealt with according to law.
Deputy Prime Minister Davis Steven says there needs to be a naval base and a Water Police Unit in Milne Bay to combat transnational crime and sea piracy. Steven, who is the Justice Minister and Attorney-General, said the report to establish these institutions has been captured in the Defence White Paper and he was working with Alotau MP Charles Abel and the Milne Bay administration to implement it with the help of the Australian government.