P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 15 Sep 1998

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Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 15 Sep 1998. A very special welcome is extended to any new readers. If you have comments or suggestions to make then please e-mail them to giaman@png-gossip.com

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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time, is currently worth somewhere around XX - XX United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter for most world currencies can be located at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look http://maps.expedia.com and then click on the find a map option. Go to this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.

+ Tokua

Landowners are threatening to close Tokua Airport because they didn't get a favourable deal from the government. Tokua is the "new" airport that replaced Rabaul after the eruption.

+ Literacy

Lae MP - Bart Philemon says PNG has not done much to improve the literacy rate. In fact PNG has achieved negative literacy rates in recent years.

The Independent Newspaper also had an article this week on literacy in PNG. In the same paper they had an article on Aitape where they used such words as "polemical" and "malfeasance"! This is just what the general population needs!

+ Kokoda

Work on establishing a radio network along the famous Kokoda Trail, to enable villagers and tourists instant communication, has been completed.

+ Port Moresby

Elcom has predicted that Port Moresby will not have enough water for water generation of electricity by November 1998.

It is hoped that the new Kanudi power station will be on line by the end of the year to avoid a power disaster.

+ Independence Day

Prime Minister, Bill Skate, announced that every politician will receive K10,000 to help fund Independence day celebrations. This adds up to K1.09 million! He has also defended his hiring of an economic consultancy package that will cost the country K7 million.


Central Province Governor, Ted Diro, has strongly opposed the proposed introduction of a Value Added Tax saying that it weighs heavily on the low to middle income earners.

+ Education

Professor Waiko has called on the Govt. to allocate 10% of the revenue obtained from gambling for education.

+ PNG Trade fair

The 1998 PNG Made trade fair was launched this week. The 7th fair will, once again, be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

+ Air Niugini

Air Niugini (PX) is trying to trade it's way out of debt by hiring qualified staff. It has announced two new General Managers, one Commercial and one Finance. Rumours are still flying about a possible Qantas takeover with as much as 50% up for grabs. One wonders whether other airlines will be able to bid?

+ Judiciary

Chief Justice Sir Arnold Amet has been accused, in Parliament, of spending to much whilst the judiciary system he heads is in severe financial crisis.

+ Parliament

Chris Haiveta has accused the Govt of using MPs retirement benefit funds to look after Parliament because it had no other money to run the affairs of Parliament.

+ Bougainville

Francis Ona has called for the setting up of a foundation to cater for the special needs of orphaned children not only in Bougainville but also all areas of PNG like Aitape.

+ Interest Rates

FinCorp offer the following rates for deposits from K10,000 to K100,000

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