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Port Moresby Chamber Of Commerce & Industry E-news - 05 June 2003

1. CHAMBER BREAKFASTS - FOR YOUR DIARY

It never rains but it pours. Our apologies for the breakfast with the Australian High Commissioner which we had to reschedule for July due to some unexpected commitments for High Commissioner Michael Potts on Bougainville.

There will be a breakfast meeting on Tuesday 17th June, which will be a joint hosting by POMCCI and PNGBC. Venue will be the Holiday Inn. Our guest will be Peter Harmer, CEO for the Aon Group Australasia. Peter is an accomplished speaker and contributes regularly to industry and business magazines. He will speak on a general theme of the insurance market and trends affecting the buyer in our region, with some reference to post 9/1. We warmly welcome Peter to Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea.

Our regular monthly breakfast meeting will be on Friday 27th June also at the Holiday Inn . Our guest will be Mr Peter Maiden CEO of Post PNG, who will talk to us on the remarkable turnaround in Post's fortunes in the last 17 months and plans for the future, including issues relating to possible privatisation issues.

2. MEMBERS - NEW AND DEPARTING

We welcome back Pangtel and Uramina & Nelson to 2003 membership and farewell Pacific Legal Group who have decided not to renew their membership. Members are reminded to encourage non-members to join their local Chamber.

3. MEMBERS PROFILE

Starting this month we wish to advertise the activities of our member companies. In Each E-News we hope to feature a short company profile on a member company advising fellow members what services they provide and how to make contact. There will be no charge for this. Those who are interested may forward a short company brief to the office and we will start the features. Remember your Chamber E-News is distributed to several hundred contacts, not only members, around the world. Call us now for some free advertising.

4. NATIONAL MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY

As mentioned in our previous bulletin, the Department of Transport has formally asked the PNGCCI to nominate a representative on the proposed new Maritime Safety Authority. Nominations are due in writing with CV's by 11th June. The NMSA legislation is being finalised, with certification complete, and is scheduled for presentation at the June sitting of Parliament.

Some concern has been raised in the industry that this is not just another unecessary authority which will be hampered by lack of support and funding. We would encourage debate on this matter and wonder what process of consultation took place regarding formulationof this legislation and promulgation of such an authority.

To date we have two nominations which have been forwarded to PNGCCI, being Mr Brian Hull from Siule Real Estate and Mr Tommy Kunji from Pacifica Marine. The Minister has requested three(3) nominations, one of which should be a woman for consideration by NEC.

5. CENTRAL PROVINCE AGRICULTURE SHOW

The Central Province will hold an agriculture show from 7-9th June at Hubert Murray Stadium. They are looking for a judge for the Float parade. If you can assist them and have extensive knowledge of float judging contact Vele Kagena on Tel: 3213539 or Fax 3213488 or let Elma know and she will nominate you.

6. ON THE ROADS

a) The Chamber is delighted to see progress on the roadwork saga. A small point however to the contractors working on Healey Parade that some form of traffic direction or "wardens" would be appreciated as drivers are finding the constant changes to traffic flows rather difficult to cope with. While we understand that this is still a construction site, some direction to avoid a serious accident would be appreciated.

b) We are receiving disturbing reports of several "car-jackings" at the busy Hohola market level crossing. Drivers, especially females, are advised to be extra cautious especially between 0700-0800 hrs. We have reports of at least two incidents in the last week, and several prior to that. NCD Police have been advised and hopefully this "activity" can be brought to an abrupt halt.

c) The siting of the new "Yam House " on the road median at the SP Brewery roundabout has also been brought to our attention. It would appear this gift to the city while most welcome, and certainly eye-catching did not have the requisite approvals for siting from Physical Planning Board, nor building approvals from the city Building Board. We are not ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, or detract from initiatives to make the city more attractive, but surely the relevant authorities and the Road Safety Council need to consider relocating the construction to the roundabout area so it is not a traffic distraction.

Rules are in place for everyone to follow , and if we are to demolish the small tuckerbox for flaunting rules, then we must be consistent and have the law apply equally to all.

7. NCD BOARDS

We continue to express grave concerns over the failure to re-appoint a full NCD Commission. While this vacuum exists there is every likelihood that gains made under the previous Commission will unravel. NCD has serious financial issues to face in this coming year and a concerted effort is needed to deal with these.

POMCCI is not happy to see all matters at City Hall left in the hands of a very small group of management. We have seen how this got us into the current roadwork mess and a system of check and balance is only one part of what NCD needs just now.

The Building Board now meets regularly on FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, while Physical Planning meets on the LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH. Both Boards are working well under their respective Chairman, Mr Luciano Cragnolini for Building and Mr Kostas Constantinou for Planning.
  • a) NCD Building Board - Despite a tendency for many plans submitted to "under-estimate" the project value the Building Board has approved plans for projects worth K15.075m in the first three meetings of 2003 and this does not include the significant developments at Napanapa. The issue of fees and fines (maximum fine is K2000.00 under current legislation) is currently under review as many are totally out-dated and have been in place for over 15 years at the same rates. Developers are encouraged not to "under-value" plans as there is no reflection on building fees as all fees are calculated on the meterage of the building, not the value of the property.

    The Building Board has delegated authority to the Building Office for projects valued under K150,000 so these do not need to go to the full Board and speeds up the approval process. Staff will refer any dubious "under-valued" plans to the full Board. The Board has further resolved to require all developers to erect appropriate signage on all new developments which will show Owner, Builder, Type of Project and Building Board Permit Number. City police have also offered to assist in the enforcement process involving demolition of unlawful structures. Several high profile projects have been fined this month for starting construction prior to acquiring the appropriate approvals.
  • b) NCD Physical Planning Board - This is normally the final step in the process to acquiring Building Board approval, after plans have been passed by Lands, Eda Ranu, Fire Department, NCD Development Engineering and Health. Consideration is being given to including PANGTEL and PNG POWER in this process.

    While this process may seem laborious it is a necessary step in coordinating the proper development of our national capital city. Considerable work is being done to finalise a total city zoning plan, which will hopefullyeliminate the constant requests for ad-hoc re-zoning of land in the city on open space, road reserves, drainage reserves etc.

    The Board has further resolved to ensure NCD secures title to all open space remaining in the city and to reject any further applications for re-zoning of open space. It will also continue with its initiatives on Tree Preservation Orders and has received application to protect trees on Angau Drive and Lawes Road.

    Both of these Boards come under the REGULATORY SERVICES DIVISION of NCD headed by Stanley Haru the Director.
Useful contacts at NCD :
  • Director, Stanley Haru - 325-7329/4711/7359 - Fax 323-1182
  • Manager Lands - Angela Mageto 325-7359 - Ext 36
  • Senior Planner - Don Malsbury 325-7329 - Ext 28 donaldm@ncdc.gov.pg - (Forward Planning)
  • Senior Planner - Sebastian Isu - 325-7329 - Ext 26 sebastinei@ncdc.gov.pg - (Devlopment Control)
  • Chief Building Surveyor - Lou Pipi - 325-3186 loup@ncdc.gov.pg
  • Manager-Licensing - Visko Alu 325-3573 viskoa@ncdc.gov.pg

8. VISA ENTRY FEES

POMCCI has given its full support to a submission by the Tourism Promotion Authority and the Tourist Industry Association seeking reconsideration on the new visa fees for tourists and journalists .A copy of the submission and the Instrument 15/2002 invoking the new fee regime are available at the Chamber for perusal.

9. ITMA 2003 INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE MACHINERY SHOW

To be held in Birmingham 22-29 October 2003 , this is the world's largest trade show with over 1300 exhibitors from 44 countries. For more detail check out www.itma.com or contact Hennah Joku at the British High Commission on bhcpng@datec.com.pg.

10. TAHITI TRADE DIRECTORY

A copy of the latest Tahiti Trade Directory is in the Chamber library featuring over 150 Polynesian exporters. For more information you can also check www.export.ccism.pf


AND JUST TO SHOW YOUR CHAMBER WILL GO TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH TO PROMOTE PNG WE BRING YOU THIS SNIPPET WE RECEIVED IN MAY FROM SONALI CORPORATION IN THE WEST MIDLANDS OF ENGLAND. THIS SHOULD SET THE MARKETS ALIGHT AT TOKARARA AND WAIGANI !!

"WE ARE IMPORTERS OF BETEL NUTS AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT BETEL NUTS ARE OF ABUNDANCE IN PNG. WE ARE LOOKING FOR EXPORTERS IN BETEL NUTS.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SET UP A JOINT MERGER TO DEVELOP THE TRADE INTERNATIONALLY. PLEASE SEND DETAILS OF COMPANIES AND THOSE ALREADY TRADING IN THIS FIELD (WHAT ALL OF THEM ??).

BUT SERIOUSLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET A FEW MORE NUTS OFF THE STREETS YOUR CONTACT IS:

MR BASHIR UDDIN ON : trade2uk@hotmail.com
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