Thursday, 6 September 2018

Bitcoin and other crypto currencies drop their value sharply

Bitcoin and other currencies including Ethereum, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash suddenly plummet in value

The value of Bitcoin plunged overnight with the cryptocurrency now worth under £5,000.

Several other major cryptocurrencies including Ethereum, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash also plummeted in value by around 10 per cent.

Ethereum, the world's second largest cryptocurrency, fell to its lowest price since 2017 yesterday evening in an as yet unexplained plunge.

Yesterday the Goldman Sachs group announced it is ditching plans to open a desk for trading in cryptocurrencies.

According to Business Insider, Goldman Sachs continues to see uncertainty in the regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies.

Executives concluded that more steps need to be taken before a regulated financial institution would be allowed to trade cryptocurrencies.

Investors in cryptocurrencies have had a rocky year. Bitcoin, its flagbearer, hit a peak of $18,571 just before Christmas but quickly more than halved in value before steadily falling.

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency - a digital form of currency that can be used to buy or sell items online.

It was created by an anonymous figure who goes by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto.

People use Bitcoin because it allows them to make purchases online anonymously, which is why bitcoin has been attributed to the dealings of illegal drugs and other illicit items.

t's also made international payments much easier because it's not subject to a single country's regulations.

This story is being updated.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

What is bitcoin when looking at Kina?

What is BITCOIN in PNG context?

Our local currency Kina is a (fiat) paper and copper/silver money. All over the world there are different paper/metal money.

Bitcoin is Internet (Virtual) money. It is one type of money that is called Cryto-currency as is in use with blockchain technology. There are many other digital currencies such as Ethereum, Lightcoin etc...Bitcoin is like the US Dollar. 

It is the moment .I see bitcoins bonds for safe keeping for now...But that does not mean bitcoin will forever hold that number 1 position.

Its value can rise and fall by over K2,000 in a seconds, hours, days, weeks, months or years.

I am not an expert but over next wks I will be explaining bit by bit so you can understand CRYPTO-CURRENCY from my rear view in our PNG context.

PGK1,100.00 is equivalent to US$280 when you exchange at Jackson's Airport.

Good Morning PNG,

Feeling the pinch here at APEC 2018 Jackson Airport currency Sale Rate at 0.2537 US dollars for PGK1 is equivalent to K1103.67 is US $280.00

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Tambul-Nebilyer gets new office complex for National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) centre

THE high altitude research station of the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at Tambul in the Western Highlands Province now has a new office complex.

The facility was officially commissioned by Jiwaka Governor William Tongamp on Tuesday, 8th October 2013, during an agricultural innovations show organized by NARI and its partners for highlands farmers.

This new facility, which replaces the old office that was built in the early 1950s, will support research and development program for the high altitude areas of PNG. Research at Tambul has resulted in generating new and improved agricultural technologies and information for farmers to manage common farming issues in cooler climates. One of them is the release of improved potato clones against the devastating Potato Late Blight (PLB) disease.

During the opening, Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa called on farmers in the high-altitude areas to make full use of NARI expertise in addressing their agricultural challenges. Mr Poponawa said the high-altitude region has unique problems and stands to benefit from NARI’s activities, especially in light of the changing climate.

“NARI and its partners like the Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) have already shown us their worth. They have already released a number of technologies of benefit to the region which are on display for us to see and adopt,” Mr Poponawa said.

NARI Director General Dr Raghunath Ghodake said the facility will greatly support NARI’s activities in the region, saying the high altitude highlands areas have distinct challenges and such facilities will support NARI’s efforts in addressing them.

Dr Ghodake, who may have had his last visit to Tambul, called on the local people to see and appreciate what NARI is trying to do in the region. “We are here to work with you, look after this facility and you will benefit from it”, Dr Ghodake told a cheering crowd.

Dr Ghodake said provinces like Western highlands, Jiwaka, Simbu and Eastern highlands have no gold, copper, oil, gas, and will continue to depend on agriculture, adding NARI was there to help them. He said people in the region need to appreciate that science and technology can contribute towards addressing challenges they may come to face, taking example of NARI’s efforts to revive the potato industry after the PLB incident.

“We brought in potato varieties from Peru and evaluated them here for resistance to PLB. Through this process we have released four varieties to the farming community”, Dr Ghodake said.

Mr Poponawa also pledged K50,000 each to NARI and FPDA in appreciation of their efforts and encouraged both organizations to continue with their good work in the region. The office complex, built at K270, 000 with funding support of K50, 000 from Mr Poponawa, will have office spaces for technical and administrative staff and a conference room.

NARI office in Tambul Station.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Tambul Nebilyer students at PAU receive K12,000 for school fee subsidy from local businessman Gabriel Andandi

(Sunday Chronicle - 16th April, 2017)

STUDENTS attending Pacific Adventist University outside Port Moresby are firm that every Papua New Guineans can make positive contribution towards a better society and development of the country if well-educated through formal education system.

Tambul-Nebilyer PAU student leader, Steven Boping said PNG today lives in the pre-modernism era in which education system is relevant with the system that trains professionals who will be able to make a positive contribution to society in various fields.

“It can produce medical doctors, teachers and engineers, accountants and pilots, artists and scientists and so on. The former president of South Africa late Nelson Mandela believed that education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. Indeed, it is absolutely true,” Mr. Boping, said.

He said this on behalf of Tambul-Nebilyer students at PAU during a K12,000 school fee assistance presentation by former teacher, turned career UN staff for more than 15 years and successful businessman, Gabriel Andandi last week.

“By realizing the importance of education, the managing director of Norman Finance Nationwide, Mr Andandi came up with a dream in 1997 to sponsor tertiary students from Tambul-Nebilyer all across the country. Many students he sponsored are today working in the public and private sectors in our country,”

“Mr Andandi’s dream is to build the human resource in Tambul-Nebilyer. He wants some professional like doctors, accountants, pilots, engineers, lecturers, nurses, teachers etc to be working in both private and public sectors all across the country,”

“On behalf of the students, I thank Mr. Andiandi for his great support. I’ am so thankful because Mr. Andandi’s initiative may cost a lot but in spite of that, from the bottom of his heart, Mr. Andandi wants to build the human resource in our district. His continuous support will positively impact our district in the next 5 to 10 year,” Mr. Boping said.

Mr. Boping said PNG cannot change if youths of today are not educated in classrooms to take charge of the country and its destination in the future.

“Countries like America, China and North Korea are growing at a rocket speed in terms of innovation and technology. It is not because of military or economic power but because of education. Nothing is rocket science when we get educated in all fields,” he said.

Mr Andandi when presenting his K12,000 financial assistance said he has the dram and desire to see more elites coming from Tambul-Nebilyer to take up leadership roles and other professional tasks and contribute equally towards the development of PNG.

“We all know that our parents are poor. Tambul-Nebilyer electorate is a poor electorate and I am assisting to get you complete your education by relieving your parents,” he said.

Tambul-Nebilyer PAU students with Gabriel Andandi (middle).
 Image: Mathew Yakai, Sunday Chronicle / 2017.

My Statement on the False rumours that MP Poponawa has paid me off with K3-million: Nicholas Tame


With time for nominations and elections fast approaching in exactly 24 days time from today, desperation is kicking in in some of our TN politicians and supporters. The stage is set and the showdown will begin. But with it comes mudslinging, name calling, threat of violence, bullying, physical confrontations and assault, calculated and intentional and designed spreading of outright lies and deception.

At the centre of all these are our politicians and supporters. But sandwiched and victimised by these are the simple, uneducated and free spirited villagers who toil and sweat every single day to make ends meet to see the sunrise the next day.
We take advantage of these ordinary people, and in the pretext of fighting to represent them and their needs in the Parliament for the next five years, we continue to suppress and abuse them.

As simple and unsophisticated as they are, they fall for the utter rubbish the Politicians and their supporters feed them; and without even giving a second thought, they sell their personal liberty, the very thing that gives each one of them their personality and identifies them as human beings.
Once one sells his her votes for money, one becomes a mere commodity. He /she is no different to the betel nut and cigarette 
that are sold and bought off the markets.

As usual, buying and selling of votes will feature big time in the elections. But I would encourage all educated TNs to educate our people of what we are (human beings) and the importance and significance of our votes (personal liberty). Our votes are not something that we can sell.

We have a pool of good people putting hands up to contest this elections. We need to assess each and everyone of them, including our current MP - see what each one of them have to offer in leadership for we need good leadership.

Let us not look at what we can benefit from the candidates now but look at what we stand to benefit from good leadership in the future after the elections. And that benefit should not be "what can i get out of the DSIP funds when my candidate wins", rather what can the larger communities of the ordinary people benefit. It should be better roads and bridges, etc and empowerment of the ordinary people - for instance setting up a good market for our abundant food crops for ordinary people to participate and benefit meaningfully.

Candidates, including our current MP and supporters should put out their campaign platforms for people to see and analyse and choose.

Candidates and their supporters should not engage in desperate and immoral tactics to create false hopes and promises in our people.

Candidates should respect each other because, at the end of the day, all of them are leaders one way or another. All candidates should simply market themselves.

Supporters are salesperson of the candidates so they should market and sell their candidates to the people, whilst at the same time, respecting the rights of the other candidates to contest, and the rights of the ordinary people to choose and vote a candidate of their choice freely and fairly as human beings.

Candidates' must ensure that they are not throwing mud at a fellow candidate, or calling other candidates names or attack each other. They must be above reproach.

I am not saying that our candidates are capable of or will do the above. But we must be alert and avoid such if it arises.

This is good for all of us as TNs not just for purposes of the elections but for respect and peace of the electorate.

Now, having said the above, I would like to make a statement about the subject I mention as the heading of this post.

I have been going regularly to the electorate and have done awareness. I consulted widely with alot of people from each of the 17 Council Wards in Upper Kagul area. I also made awareness with some groups of people from Lower Kagul, Upper Nebilyer as well as Lower Nebilyer.

In my meetings with these groups I basically conducted awareness of the kinds of funding sources available to all MPs , not just DSIP funds but all other funds; the fact that the National Government had already remitted all TNs DSIP funds to the electorate and the general development that has been achieved and that is physically on the ground in our electorate under MP Poponawa.

In the awareness I did not say that I was going to contest the elections but said I would run if the people needed change in leadership and that I would provide that change.

Like all other candidates and the MP, I have done my part in being a TN at heart. I have been doing my part in bring up and educating TNs, assisted people in need, etc. I have connections and PR and deal with real TNs and TN issues, in my own ways, just like the other candidates and the MP.

And I have incurred costs, exceeding hundreds of thousands, out of my own pocket, money that I work hard for, in conducting these awareness.

I have never ever solicited money or work from my tribesman and MP Poponawa in the last 10 years. We have never ever spoken; and it would be unbecoming, unethical and immoral of me as a professional to solicit easy money and work from a tribesman MP.

I am an individual and am a professional and survive as such independently for God created all of us and provided a plan for each of us to be independent.

In my capacity as a professional I saw what it has been the last 10 years. I wanted to run and provide alternative leadership to our people. Therefore, I consulted with my tribesfolk, who also happen to be our MP'S tribesfolk. And I got good and very honest feed back from the people of our tribe. The rest of the Upper Kagul people I consulted were the same. Some advised I should not run. Others wanted me to run.

The decision to run or not to run will be mine to make. And whilst I am considering that decision various people from the electorate, mostly from Upper Kagul, have advised that some people are spreading rumours that I had solicited K1million from my tribesman MP Poponawa and that MP did not give it to me; others are saying that the MP has given me K3million and "pasim maus blo em" and that I will not be contesting.

The days of money scarcity are long gone, it seems. Times have changed and everybody seem to have millions of kina. Money seem to come by easily these days even to the ordinary villagers such that they are finding it very easy to talk about millions of kina.

With respect, I am so used to hearing LNG landowners talking about millions of kina for this and millions of kina for that because they have oil and gas in their land. But in TN?

As a professional, I work hard but money is hard to come by. I don't know about the ordinary people in the villages in TN now talking in million kina language.

I survive independently and on sheer hard work. I don't beg, I don't seek charity assistance.

I have already spent hundreds of thousands of kina to do awareness and consultation with my people. If I decide to run I will run with the blessings of my people.

I don't need dirty money from anyone to influence me in any way. I will decide as a person with the power of choice that God has given me as a human being.

These rumours are calculated, designed and intentional to corrupt and confuse the minds of the simple ordinary villagers/voters. They do this to manipulate the people and how they vote.

Therefore, I take this opportunity to put it straight that I have never and will never solicit money from my tribesman MP Poponawa because the money that i solicit would become dirty money once paid. Further, I put it straight that my tribesman MP Poponawa has never paid me any money, be it K3million or at all, to stop me from contesting the 2017 national elections.

The decision for me to run the 2017 elections or not is mine to make as a human being and a not as a "nomikana noli ye" or "long nek na bel blo mi".

I apologise to the TNDF, TN members for this post but I had to put this straight as some morally, ethically and politically corrupt people are engaging in such deceptive, derogative and negative campaign strategy. It goes to show only one thing: desperation.

With nominations around the corner, I will make a decision soon.

Thank you.
Nicholas Tame 

Personal biodata and reasons to re-contest Tambul Nebilyer Open Seat - Philemon W. Korowi, candidate for the 2017 NGE


Hello everyone. I have been on facebook since 2011 and a member of Tambul Nebilyer Development Forum group since its inception by the Administrator. I have observed many good, constructive, helpful and critical as well as discouraging, personalised and damning comments by members concerning social, economic and political affairs of our electorate. 
I reserved my right to participate and comment on issues because in my view many social issues, one way or another were connected to politics. For that reason, I deliberately withheld commenting on the many issues discussed on this forum because I contested twice in the 2007 and 2012 general elections and will do so again (2017). 

I have noted recently however that many members have named potential candidates including myself and expressed comments including awareness on the calibre and qualification of candidates to contest and characteristic of leadership as well as invites us to outline our policies.
I know that membership to this forum and facebook generally is very restrictive and minimal which I estimate to be about less than 10% of the majority voting population of the electorate, I believe nevertheless that information can be easily disseminated by educated members of the forum to our mass populace in the electorate.

It is also good to know that some intending candidates are on facebook like my fellow colleague Mr. Paul Mawa, Jason Ake, James Kennedy amongst others. Nicholas Tame is another colleague Lawyer on facebook as well but not sure of his position as an intending candidate as this stage unless he so declares. Many of our Lawyers like Justin Talopa, David Gonol, David Levi, Solomon Wanis amongst others and other professionals like Paul Muingnepe and others, some student leaders, village leaders and many of you who I am unable to name here have made positive and helpful comments in this regard. I humbly respect and commend you all.

My primary reason for this post is solely directed to introducing myself and state the reasons why I am contesting again for the third time and my policies and priorities for the benefit of those who not know me much.

1. Personal Background
I was born on 17th October 1968 at Tambul Station, W.H.P. I am now aged 48 years and a Lawyer having graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree at University of Papua New Guinea in 1993. Since 1994, I have been admitted to practice as a Lawyer (Barrister & Solicitor) for 23 years now before the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea. From 1994, I worked with three (3) different reputable private law firms in Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst Lawyers) (1994-1996 & 1996 -1997); Kunai Lawyers (1997-1999) and Paul Paraka Lawyers) (1999 – 2003). Since 2004, I have practiced under my own law firm (KOROWI Lawyers) as Principal up until current. 
I am the eldest of family of eight (8) siblings (3 brothers and 4 sisters). I am married to two (wives) with ten (10) children. I am from the Komka Tribe in the Upper Nebilyer area of the Tambul Nebilyer electorate.
My speciality is in the area of Litigation practice of law which basically involves court appearances on matters. Apart from litigation in court, I provided soliciting advice to many private corporate entities and government bodies including the Independent State of Papua New Guinea through the Department of Justice and Attorney General, government state owned entities and provincial and local-level governments.
I held public positions as Director and Deputy Chairman of Industrial Centres Development Corporation for four years (2009 to 2012) which is a statutory corporation of the Government of Papua New Guinea under the Department of Commerce, Trade & Industry.

2. Political History
I contested in the 2007 General elections. Out of fourteen (14) candidates I polled second place and lost by an estimated 2,404 votes to winning candidate and current MP. Hon. Benjamin Poponawa.
I re-contested in 2012 General elections and polled 5th place out of a total of eleven (11) candidates.

3. Reasons to re-contest
My reasons to contest for the third time again is not to gain fame, fortune or popularity by any means but simply to provide “Leadership” to our people. I have outlined this in my reasons and policies set out below.
I provide my reason to re-contest for the third time as follows;

(a) Support
I am convinced that I still command a strong support base from our voters throughout the electorate in terms of the trust, confidence, faith in my leadership, ability and skills to provide leadership to our people. This was demonstrated in the results of the last two (2) general elections that I contested.

The flip side of these results is that if I had polled last, second last or third last, positions during elimination in the last two elections then to me, the results would have meant less trust, confidence and faith in my leadership quality and ability to provide leadership to our people. Consequently, I have made voluntarily reacted by deciding not to contest. However, it had turned out that most of my supporters have decided that I should re-contest again so I am humbled and honoured once again to accept their call to re-contest.

(b) Personal Attributes
I welcome comments by all to contradict, correct and criticise me. I strongly believe in myself and my capability that God Almighty has blessed me with all necessary ingredients of Leadership attributes to lead our people if I am mandated this time around.

This was crafted and implanted into my personality from my humble beginnings at family home and childhood days to student life and current work experiences.

One person who aspired me to these leadership attributes was my late father .My father (now deceased) Mr. Korowi Maginja was a pioneer in the field of introduction of first expatriate (“whitemen”) patrol officers into the Tambul Nebilyer area which saw the birth of Tambul station in 1953. This was after my father worked as a labourer in many plantations in Wao/Bulolo, Madang and Wewak in the mid-1940s. Some of our local pioneers from Tambul then included late Sir Koitaka Mano (Komgla/Painbe tribe); Yano Galuwe (Yano Tribe); Tilsu Karo (Kepaka Tribe); Komka Kunjil (Komka Tribe); Korowa Taim (Klapka Tribe); Napa Wendo (Yano Tribe); Kaike Sipendi (Kaik Tribe/Gia); Paraka Tangil (Glaime Ail tribe) amongst other notable leaders some of whom I do not know and unable to name here.

My father started as a “rot boi” to “mangi masta” and eventually as a “tanim tok” (interpreter) to the many whiteman patrol officers or “Kiaps” and later national Kiaps (now District and Assistant Administrators) until his redundancy in 1990. My father’s job apart from interpreting the local Kagul language to pidgin to the Kiaps included dispute negotiations, arbitration and settlement amongst people. His life was centred around “service to the people” which meant his, family, home and entire life was in the public domain and service to the people.

I remember very well my childhood days in Tambul station where I always wanted to be a “Kiap/Patrol Officer” and in Grade 12, I wanted to apply to Administrative College (now Institute of Public Administration). However, the Principal of Aiyura National High School and Guidance Officer Mr. David Treagust strongly recommended that I apply to University and become a Lawyer which has features of being a “Kiap” which I did after doing Foundation Year in Arts in 1989 at UPNG.

My being a Lawyer today is the result of one of my personal attributes, influenced by my childhood upbringing and desire to be in the public domain to dealing with people issues and offer leadership. One can reflect this in the famous phrases;-…. “its in the blood”.

(c) Demonstration of Leadership at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary School Levels
My personal attributes of leadership skills have been demonstrated during my teenage years in school as class captain of grades 1 to 6 at Tambul Primary School and later as SRC Head Prefect in Tambul High School in 1986. Then SRC President of Aiyura National High School in 1988. Lions Rotary Club sponsored Youth of the Year in 1988. UPNG SRC & NUS General Secretary in 1991/1992. Also in 1992, I contested the NUS President and lost by 2 votes only to Mr. Wilson Pesh of Unitech.

(d) Professional Qualification
With respect to other candidates, I believe that my professional qualification like other lawyer candidates and current MPs, complement my leadership attributes in terms of orator skills, experiences and knowledge of the laws of the country to lead to provide leadership. More so, to become a Member of the National Parliament is to be a Legislature which is a principal responsibility of a member of the National Parliament in the Government of Papua New Guinea.

(e) Experience in both Private and Public Domain
In my 23 years of practicing law, I have known and advised prominent people including businessmen: Secretaries of Government Departments and Provincial Administrators: Members of National Parliament including two (2) former Prime Ministers and (one) Speaker of the National Parliament. 
During my contact and interactions with these people and their offices and institutions both in a Lawyer/client relationship and through association by other means including politics, I have by no doubt acquired experience in the areas of management of the bureaucracy, public service management, political operations and decision making process.

(f) Political Affiliations
I have met and known many Leaders which include village Ward Councillors; Local-level Government Presidents; Provincial Governments political and administration Leaders; National Government Members of Parliament, Ministers, Prime Ministers both past and present and top public servants including Departmental Heads; Heads of statutory bodies; Members of overseas missions Diplomatic Missions; Youth and Church Leaders; Non-Government organisation leaders; leading businessmen and corporations in the country, amongst others.
From this backdrop, two (2) things are obvious; first, that I have a fair knowledge of public relationship, and inter-actions with a cross-section of people both national and internationally. Second; that I have an open door policy to everyone. Hence, it is no doubt easy for me to inter-act and attract both government, private, international and diplomatic investment relationships with many people and institutions and connect them to the development of our electorate.

(g) Political Party
I have always had faith, confidence and believe in my ability to lead and not strictly being led by others or being a follower of a leader though I admire certain past and current prominent leaders. It is also healthy and wise to be part of a group and in this case a political grouping. The political game with regard to formation of Government which include election of the Prime Minister and allocation of a Ministry and being in the Government is all about numbers. That is the primary reason why I always believe in being part of a political party. It provides confidence, stability, and consolidation as well as enabling a representative voice in NEC Cabinet as Minister and delivering services when in government.
This was evident when I contested the 2007 general elections. Through my association with the former and late Governor of Southern Highlands Province Mr. Hami Yawari, I formed and become the General Secretary of a political party called “PNG Conservative Party” and contested under this party as my own party. Two Members of Parliament were elected in current MP for Kagua Erave Hon. James Lagea and late Hon. Hmai Yawari. This party is now defunct.

Then in 2011, I formed another political party called “Coalition for Reform Party” (CRP) and currently hold position as its General Secretary. Its current Parliamentary leader is the Member for Kandrian Gloucester, Hon. Joseph Lelang, MP. A member of this party was the Provincial Governor of West New Britain Province Hon. Sassindran Munthuvel, MP until his decision to join with the ruling PNC Party. 
I have a very close and strong relationship with the party leader Hon. Joseph Lelang going back as far 1989 in the University days to the present time. I have no hesitation in declaring that Hon. Joseph Lelang possesses all attributes of a leader amongst leaders and even qualify as a Prime Ministerial nominee if numbers, circumstances and the game plan permits. In the same token, I have faith, believe and confidence in myself and my ability to lead the people of Tambul Nebilyer into the next generation as a founder and member of this party and play a major role in formation of government as discussed above.

My CRP as endorsed around 30 candidates including two women to contest in various seats throughout the country in this 2017 general election. The names of candidates will be published in the media in due course. CRP is about coming together and mooting ideas for “Change” in many ways in the social, economic and political dimensions of administration and governance of the affairs of the country which we consider appropriate and necessary to suit the current changing circumstances demands facing the country. Such changes may not be achieved over-night but slowly and gradually for the betterment of our future generations. CRP is all about offering “new leadership”; “new and fresh face”; “new and fresh ideas and policies”; “new blood”; all in the name of “change”. 

So there you are! This is my party that I am proud to introduce to you all and contest as a candidate under this party and team up with the party leader and other winning candidates and provide leadership from upfront rather than as a “follower” or “brief case career” as is commonly used in politics.

(h) Policies
I do have some policies and priorities that I have already framed and incorporated into a document called “Party Policies” for CRP which will be posted on the party website soon. I will also make available small and handy pamphlets after the Writs are issued.

In brief, I believe in a firm, transparent, anti-corrupt visionary leadership that can bring about impact projects both in social, economic, and infrastructure areas that improve the lives of our people and their wellbeing both immediate and in future rather than the ordinary and standard-type services like building classrooms, churches, aid posts, clinics, ward chambers and delivery of ambulances, project submissions by individuals and envelope “hand-outs” etc. These are compulsory government services which any person elected can undertake. However, I believe in introducing major impact projects in the socio-economic sector that has capacity to transform the electorate and lives and wellbeing of people. I have a list of these socio-economic major projects but will not disclose them here because my policies can be copied by others. If I do not win, I will still post these major socio-economic impact projects as well as deliver by way of submissions to the Member elect to consider implementation for the benefit of our people.

After 40 years following independence, I see that this country is at the crossroad junction. The leadership of this country is in chaos, confusion and lacks clear vision and direction. Let us all not be blinded with the reality of what is happening around us because of bad political decisions. God has blessed our country with abundance of natural resources both beneath and on land and in the sea. It is sad and frightening to know that our country is facing its worst financial woes. There is an imbalance in international borrowing and debt servicing created by poor and unwise decisions made. There is very low and insufficient foreign currency available at the bank of PNG to meet international trading of commodities and business. Foreign investment in trade and business is at its very lowest moral. As a result, some prominent international companies have either restructured, downsized, sold or abandon their business operations and left our shores. The National Government through its Treasury Department are unable to settle internal debts and pay fortnightly wages and salaries of the public servants. These are just some of the realities of financial woes our county is faced with now.

CRP and I strongly believe that there MUST be “new face, fresh blood and new leadership” to rescue and change the course of this country. If we do not learn from the past mistakes and make amends or changes then we are definitely contributing to the doom of this beautiful and blessed country. We must stand up for CHANGE now. We must ACT now. We must CHOOSE right leaders now. We need NEW leadership now. We need new and fresh DIRECTION now. We need HONESTY and TRANSPARENCY in leadership and decision making now. We must fight against and initiate ZERO TOLERANCE on CORRUPTION.

(i) Respect for past and current sitting MPs and other Candidates
I appeal to candidates who will be contesting this election to appreciate that there is only 1 seat out the 111 seats in the National Parliament that belong to the people of Tambul Nebilyer and will be occupied by only one the winner during the term of office.

In the past great leaders in the likes of Thomas Nekints and Vicent Auali and now Benjimen Poponawa have held senior Ministerial positions in Government and set a high standard to this office. I concur with many of your views that in TN, we select, assess and judge leaders before they become candidates. We maintain respect for all candidates and ensure peaceful campaign, polling and counting through to declaration of winner. We do not file election petitions disputing the winner.

The sitting MP Hon. Benjamen Poponawa knows very well and must appreciate that he must be judged and measured according to his performance in office during the last 10 years. That alone must speak volumes to our voters in deciding whether he continues to hold office or is voted out. That must critically be related to the discharge of his duties in public office and we as candidates must by all means avoid any personal attacks and character assassinations against each other which may be tantamount to defamation.

I wish the current MP and all candidates (including myself) best of luck in our plans and preparations and actual campaign when the Writs are issued.

Provided your comments are not personalised and aimed at character assassination comments, I welcome critics on any of the matters I have published herein and participate in any meaningful discussions hereon. 


Mr. Philemon W. Korowi - Coalition for Reform Party (CRP) Candidate for Tambul-Nebilyer Open Seat 2017 National General Elections.