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19-11-2003, 11:04 PM
1. IT TRAINING

POMCCI with strong financial support from Overseas Vocational Training Association (OVTA) Japan is again organising an introduction to IT and Business workshop. This workshop is useful to people who would like to know how IT can enhance their bottom line. Topics to be covered include the latest business software and actual PNG case studies. The sessions will be held on 21-22 Nov, 28-29 Nov and 5-6 Dec 2003. There is a limit of 30 participants for each course and the best part of it - its free.

This is a very basic introductory course suited to staff who have limited knowledge on how IT can impact on your Business. For further information on course content please contact Dr James Chin, OVTA Corodinator through the Chamber Email site. So nominate your staff or come along yourself, just call the chamber on 321 3077 to register.

2. BUDGET BREAKFAST : FRIDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2003

The Chamber will host the Annual Budget Breakfast in conjunction with Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu who will present a review of Budget 2004. The Guest Speaker for the breakfast is Mr Mike Manning, Director of INA. The breakfast will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel. Formal invites will be emailed to all members with further details. Non-Members are most welcome to attend. Please contact the Chamber on 321 3077 / 3213254 for bookings.

3. POMCCI MEMBERSHIP

The Chamber would like to welcome aboard Pacific Mobile Communications who have taken up membership and we look forward to their contribution.

We would also like to remind all our valued members that the 2003 membership renewal invoices will be despatched shortly along with a covering letter outlining some of the major achievements by the Chamber in 2003 and information on the various areas and issues on which we represent the members’ general interests.

Those joining as new members in the last quarter of 2003 automatically receive membership through to the end of 2004 - a full quarter of free charge.

Given the tough business environment and the strong financial position of your Chamber, the Executive has agreed there will be no fee increase for 2004. All members are encouraged to pay 2004 fees in full as soon as possible.

If there have been changes with CEO's, Managers etc or email addresses within your organisation or company please forward details to the Chamber in order for us to update our Address Book.

4. MEDIA INSTRUCTIONS

Pomcci strongly opposes any attempts to restrict the freedom of media in Papua New Guinea and encourages all sectors within the community to speak out against any attempts to curb media freedom. As usual, when government does not hear what it wants to hear from the media,and I daresay the community at large, we get these regular calls to curb media freedom. Given the clear statements by the Prime Minister that his government has no plans to enact legislation to control the media, we can only assume that DPM Baing's comments are not government policy. Government should not assume that a change of ownership will change the messages that the media portrays.

Our media enjoys considerable freedom as it is, run by a dedicated band of Papua New Guineans, and the people should be proud of the transparency they bring to many issues which affect their daily lives. Just because the message is bad, is no reason to shoot the messenger who carries it. We encourage all members to support unfettered freedom of the media in PNG.

5. WORK PERMITS

Your Chamber, with PNGCCI and the Manufacturers Council, continues to engage Dept of Labour and Employment on this perennial issue affecting businesses in PNG. Several meetings have been held and DOLE officials have agreed that the real issue is training and creation of employment for Papua New Guineans, not localization in itself. With the welcome change of Minister by Prime Minister Somare, we are hopeful that the progress initiated by Chief Secretary Kalinoe’s "Impediments to Business" Committee will see the removal of the TLP process and its replacement with a simplified process which will create a friendlier business environment for existing businesses and intending investors.

We are confident that all parties are ready to resolve this issue to the advantage of all parties involved.

6. BOROKO / TABARI PLACE DEVELOPMENT

The NCD Physical Planning Board has asked POMCCI to coordinate a meeting with business houses in the Boroko area so that all stakeholders can be involved in the process of revitalizing this area as a commercial/retail zone. Your comments will be welcomed and accommodated in the overall plan. All businesses in the area will shortly be receiving a letter of invitation to a meeting to discuss issues that affect business and hear suggestions on how the proposed shopping precinct can be developed. We urge as many businesses as possible to take part in this exercise.

7. WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANISATION

At the invitation of the IPA, POMCCI recently coordinated the visit of a PNG industry representative to the Asia/Pacific region meeting on "Doing Business With Intellectual Property" in Singapore from 13-21st October. Young PNG lawyer, Andrew Kidu, from Peter Allan Lowing Lawyers, represented PNG at a seminar jointly hosted by the Government of Singapore and WIPO. Andrew has agreed to assist the Chamber in any further representations on issues related to Intellectual Property.

8. PNG GETS LOW SHARE OF FDI's

Papua New Guinea has a long way to go in attracting foreign direct investments(FDI’s) especially from transnational corporations (TNC’s). "No not the Chamber whingeing again, these are the words of IPA chief, Ivan Pomaleu quoted in The National this week. [Given] a total inflow of FDI to developing countries of USD220m, PNG has received a negligible portion. “Countries world over are working towards putting infrastructure in place to attract FDI’s …the country should remove business constraints faced by foreign investors right now. “ Not forgetting existing domestic investors, we could not agree more. POMCCI congratulates Mr Pomaleu for his clear and constructive comment on this vital issue.

9. INAP IS INAP

This was the slogan carried by disgruntled landowners at a recent demonstration over increasing lawlessness in Lae.

It is just as pertinent in Port Moresby, with the recent spate of ethnic violence and the horrific attacks on innocent children within the city. The ensuing opportunistic behaviour by lawless youth was a predictable end to the march. The Chamber has already spoken out against similar marches in our city, not because we disagree with the sentiments and the frustration being expressed (in fact we wholeheartedly agree), but because the message will be lost if lawlessness follows and inevitably it is the business houses and innocent citizens who are targeted.

The Chamber condemns the recent barbaric acts in the strongest terms and offers sincere condolences to those who have lost innocent children and loved ones in these senseless paybacks. Through the NCD Law and Order Committee we will cooperate to ensure this scourge is removed from our city. The LOC has formulated a sensible and comprehensive budget for 2004 which is approximately 10% of the NCD Budget Allocation. It addresses some of the immediate problems but also is aimed at many of the systemic issues which cause these constant criminal problems.

We encourage NCD Commission to divert its priorities to these pressing social issues. Allocation of over 60% in the 2004 Budget, and in the draft Corporate Plan even as high as 80%, to the road network is in our opinion poor prioritization of resources and must be challenged strongly by all sectors. We understand this is the nation’s capital but new roads to nowhere and along our favourite beach reserve should be placed on the backburner until our city is a safe and healthy environment for all citizens. Inap is Inap !!

PORT MORESBY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY IS COMMITTED TO BECOMING THE LEADING BUSINESS VOICE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL.
IT IS OUR OVERALL AIM TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN NCD AND THE CENTRAL PROVINCE:

LOCATION: 6TH FLOOR, MONIAN TOWER, DOUGLAS STREET, PORT MORESBY
POSTAL ADDRESS: P.O.BOX 1764, PORT MORESBY
TELEPHONE : 321 3077
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EMAIL : pomcci@global.net.pg
WEBSITE : http://www.pomcci.org.pg

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19-11-2003, 11:15 PM
INVITATION BREAKFAST MEETING - HOLIDAY INN HOTEL
Friday 28 November 2003
7:00 am - 9:00 am
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POMCCI together with DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU
would like to invite you and any other members of your organisation
to attend our next breakfast meeting which will be held on the above mentioned date.

Our Guest Speaker will be - MIKE MANNING - Director of INA

who will give a presentation on the 2004Budget

“Adjusting for Recovery and Development”

Cost of breakfast is K40.00 per person & payments to be made to POM Chamber of Commerce, 6th Flr, Monian Tower, Port Moresby
For reservations, please contact Elma at the Chamber on

Ph: 321 3077/321 3254 or by email: pomcci@global.net.pg

Thank you for your support.

DAVID CONN MBE
PRESIDENT MANAGING PARTNER
POMCCI

PAUL BARBER
DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU