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According to WikiLeaks, Papua New Guinea was described by the US Embassy Officers and Australian Officers as “dysfuntional blob”

While this may impact PNG-Australia relations, I don’t think the PNG Government wants to worry about that at the moment. We all know the views from Australia and US will never change. Jumping up and down just because someone call me FAT will not change their views……I just must prove em wrong!

Similarly, the PNG Government shouldn’t burden itself on name callings but should conduct itself in high regards. Let children play their games of name-calling!

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Papua New Guinea’s public service was a “totally dysfunctional blob”, while its political institutions are incapable of producing leaders who would work in their nation’s interest, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is painted as a leader who sidelines MPs with integrity and dishes out jobs to his favourites, including his son Arthur, whom he appointed a government minister.

In a cable dated April 2006, the US embassy notes that Sir Michael sidelined three of his most effective cabinet ministers, who could have been expected to resist irresponsible moves to pass out favours.

“To not mince words, the pork has hit the fan,” the cable said.

It said trying to getting business done in a lead-up to an election in PNG was “always hard”.

“Somare has freed himself from inconvenient checks on his ability to wheel and deal,” it said.

“These events just confirm that PNG’s political institutions are still a long way from producing national leaders with incentives to work in their nation’s interest.”

The cables also noted comments from Australian embassy officials in June 2007 who described generational change in PNG as a “false hope”.

“Other Australian officers described the PNG public service as a totally dysfunctional blob that is great at planning but appalling at implementation,” the cable added.

A July 2006 cable said PNG was steeped in traditional magic and ignorant of modern economies.

It said Papua New Guineans were easy marks for Ponzi schemes, which proliferated throughout the country.

It said with an election looming the politicians were “dusting off their bottles of snake oil”.

The cables said the government had presided over the closure of health centres and schools, the collapse of effective policing and a steady rise in crime but there would be little mention of this during the campaign.

“Instead the themes will be the ageless one of which clan/village can get its man into government and reap the benefits thereby.”

 http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8294107/png-a-dysfunctional-blob-us-cables

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It was an Honour

Posted: February 11, 2011 in Information, Out n About

Last week was one of those stressful and most intensive week of my entire life. Maybe close to sitting for an exam during those years back in Uni. Late to bed and early to be awake and even a month prior to last week, it was just hectic.

Rex & Serah with Lars Thunell in Tokua Airport

The subject of my stress was the visit of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) CEO & World Bank Executive Vice President Lars Thunell to Papua New Guinea. He spent almost 5 days here which is the longest he has been to any country apart from United States.

Lars Thunell’s visit was to signed an Establishment Agreement with the Government of Papua New Guinea and officially open IFC’s office in Deloitte Tower. Whilst in PNG, Lars was able to go on a trip to Goroko to open a BSP Rual Bank and Kokopo to visit the Digicel distribution network at work.

Lars strikes me as a very down to earth person and whilst he was in Kokopo I introduced him to Mary one of Digicel’s sub-distributors. Mary was able to demonstrate to Lars how EVD works on a phone-to-phone basis. While marshalling Lars around Kokopo market and even having a chat with Mary, he seems very interested in Mary and what Mary had to say regarding the Digicel sub-distributor program.

Lars is not the first VIP in the World Bank Group that I have meet, in 2007 I meet with Paul Wolfowitz who was then the President of World Bank in Singapore during a joint IMF/World Bank annual meeting.

Life is short, and I must say it was an Honour to have meet people like Lars Thunell and Paul Wolfowitz

Rex and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz in Singapore

It was 1:30 am in the morning…… and I have just camped under my tin-roof sacked at Tauram Beach in Port Moresby. Red-eyed from sleep, I rushed to put on my small generator so I can get a glimpsed of Hekari United in action againts Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi. Generator started and my portal TV switched on, I seached to find the correct channel to get EMTV. However, my wired-hanger antenna just couldn’t pick out the signal.

Disappointed, I resorted to text my friends who would be awake to watch the match on TV. Yes… found someone up… Thankyou David.. but no thankyou for the result of 2-0 before half-time.

Balloons deflated, a feeling of disappointment I walked into my little sack and just wanted to get some sleep and forget that Hekari was loosing and quietly hoping that Hekari would come back into the second half and turn things around. Hopefully if I go to sleep and get up in the morning to turn my computer on, i’d get a different result which would have made my entire week.

It was not to be……but one thing Hekari would have gone away with is the fact that they have seen football biggest stage. They would have now experience what is like to be competing againts the worlds best. And to be a force to be reckon with, they need to polish up on their act, play with their hearts and play smarter…

Hekari has made Papua New Guinea proud and certainly all of the Pacific Islands!!!

back again

Posted: December 9, 2010 in Information, Out n About

And so I am back again to my old blog 😥

I had thought moving towards the new site Yu Tok Organization was going to be a great success. And while it was a great success in the initial stages and we had thousands and many subscribers and visitors who visited the site each day, we though we had made the break that we would now launch a successful social network site on NING Plateform.

While this was possible, I didn’t anticipate a minor glitched which turn out to be a major problem. NING Plateform which was suppose to be a free hosting site decided to do a u-turn and start to charge it’s subscbers on the site. Now while it can be beneficial and profitable for some… NGO like Yu Tok cannot afford it as we don’t charge our members either and knowing that our members are also from developing worlds that can’t afford to subsribe monthly to our site.

So here we are, out of pocket and out of ideas and with my tail in between my leg have decided to get back here and reorganised and restrategied and see where I can take it up again. The idea of this bigger and better social network still reigns but all I need now is someone or someway to at least sustain and maintain a social network.

The possibility is still there…..I just need to find a way to sustain it

 

Dear Readers

I have been neglecting this blog for a long time now…… gosh I can’t even remember when I last posted here.

The reason being that I have been working on a new Social Networking site in Asia Pacific Region. The social networking site is similar to Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, MySpace and the list goes on… What its great about this site… is that it is owned and run by me (yours truely) but also have moderators from over the Pacific Region.

Yu Tok Organization or Yu Tok Social Network is a growing social networking for Young people and those who are young at heart in Papua New Guinea and across the Asia Pacific Region.

The site has the following Features;

  • Discussion Boards
  • Chat Rooms
  • Groups
  • Videos
  • Music Site
  • iMagazine
  • iPaper
  • Games Arcade ( over 200 plus)
  • C31 – our new Partner in our quest for a community TV

From the day that I launced the website and till now here are my stats;

466 members 1557 photos
372 songs 77 videos
103 discussions 63 blog posts

Not to mentioned I have 10, 435 visitors from 59 countries.

And the amazing thing is people are signing up almost every day…..

So if you looking for a place to hang-out with wantoks or friends….. and wanting to create a network and meet people….check the site out.

My media training class where asked to do podcasting. So what is vodcasting??

According to WikipediaVideo podcast (sometimes shortened to vidcast or vodcast) is a term used for the online delivery of video on demand video clip content via Atom or RSS enclosures. The term is an evolution specialized for video, coming from the generally audio-based podcast and referring to the distribution of video where the RSS feed is used as a non-linear TV channel to which consumers can subscribe using a PC, TV, set-top box, media center or mobile multimedia device.”

So my small class which I have been facilitating for media training armed with a digital camera started to take short clips of them to upload onto youtube as part of their training. But because we there are 10 of them… we decided to make just one video and combine smaller ones together. I decided also to add a few pictures I took on my trips around PNG so it gives a PNG flavor to the video. While the final product was not as impressive…. due to lack of better video editing software… I was able to upload something.

There has been an interesting discussion also on Masalai blog about Government TV and my good friend Badira has suggested that digicams and camcorders would be easily accessible to young people who would produce short clips and make content out of it to be aired on TV. So maybe this is the first step towards such activities….a crash course on social media. 

Traveling in PNG

Posted: March 8, 2008 in Information, Out n About, Technology

The youth social media training with MediaSnackers have introduced me to a new site called Animoto. This is site is a place where you can upload your pictures and it will create a video of them. It can also factor in music for your folders so you can have a slide-show of pictures with music.

 Anyway… this interesting site has prompted me to upload pictures of my trips to Manus, Goroka, Wewak and Miline Bay so I can share with people. The short video is only 30 secs long as longer versions will costs a few cents.

 Well, hope you enjoy the pictures!

Okay.. okay… I can’t seem to embed Animoto on wordpress…. so I’ll just make a short video and upload to youtube for viewing.

Laters people

Following my post on the Tingim Yut Kompetisen on a national level, https://yutok.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/world-bank-launched-grant-competition/, the global competition is also calling for applications. It’s theme is on sustainable agriculture. I have copied and paste the information for you all to read.

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/OPPORTUNITIES/GRANTS/DEVMARKETPLACE/0,,contentMDK:21617862~pagePK:180691~piPK:174492~theSitePK:205098,00.html

What is DM2008? 
The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development.Applications are accepted through March 21, 2008 and will undergo rigorous review by more than 200 development experts. About 100 finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September to vie for grants in person at the DM2008 Marketplace event.

This competition offers a unique opportunity to turn your innovative idea for sustainable agriculture in developing countries into reality. If selected, your idea could receive up to US$200,000 in grant funding for implementation over two years. Click here to review the competition brochure.

Proposals are welcome from all development innovators—civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academia and the private sector. See the eligibility criteria for more details.

Proposals must address one of the following three sub-themes:

1. Linking Small-Scale Farmers to Input-Output Markets
Farmers are defined broadly to include those who make a livelihood through crops, livestock, agro-forestry, fisheries or aquaculture. Well-functioning agricultural markets can reduce the cost of food and uncertainty of supply, thereby improving food security for both poor and non-poor households. Better markets also result in higher net returns to farmers, derived from reduced post-harvest losses, lower transaction and transfer costs, access to a broader base of consumers and potentially greater value addition. By contrast, inefficient markets and institutional constraints impede growth and lead to welfare losses for smallholders, threatening their competitiveness and often their survival.

Linking small-scale farmers to better markets requires productivity-enhancing change at the farm level that will make their products more attractive to buyers in terms of quality, consistency of supply and price. It also requires institutional innovation in the marketing system that will reduce delays, costs, service gaps, information asymmetries that prevent both availing of opportunities and achieving better market trust and reputation. Ultimately such changes reduce risk.

Under DM2008, proposals for institutional and organizational innovation in marketing systems are sought primarily for: (i) financial and business development services that expand opportunities for more efficient technology adoption and resource allocation by small-scale producers and market agents; (ii) effective producer organizations that can reduce transaction costs and improve efficiency in the marketing chain; (iii) innovations that improve the access of small-scale producers and market agents to transport services, physical markets, telecommunications and electricity in ways that improve supply chain logistics; and (iv) improved sourcing and selling arrangements such as contract farming that will increase access to more lucrative value chains.

2. Improving Land Access and Tenure for the Poor
Land is the key asset for hundreds of millions of poor around the globe who work in agriculture. Land and the resources derived from it is the primary source of not only nutrition and income, but identity, wealth and credit access. Thus, the nature of rights to land and resources (including common property and aquatic resources) and the way in which they are documented and can be exchanged are key determinants for and sustainable agricultural development as well as improved livelihoods for those in the rural sector.

This sub-theme seeks out innovative, low-cost and scalable ways to strengthen access to and improve productive use of land by the poor, especially women. These include: (i) legal aid/awareness campaigns and increasing access to records of land and aquatic rights through private-public partnerships to enhance transparency and reduce corruption; (ii) local resource mapping and registration to develop and codify arrangements for effective use of common property resources in a way that benefits the poor; (iii) decentralized settlement of conflicting land claims in post-conflict settings; (iv) local negotiation to allow regularization of existing occupation by marginal or poor populations or access to land through implementation of reform legislation for land and aquatic rights, or through land markets; and (v) technical and other support to enable those received land through such mechanisms to make the most productive use of it.

3. Promoting the Environmental Services of Agriculture in Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation

Agricultural development and environmental protection are closely intertwined. The reliance of agriculture, forestry and fisheries on natural resources means that they can create beneficial and detrimental environmental outcomes. The impact of these activities can be local (agriculture is often the largest water user, for example) as well as global (contributing, for example, up to 30 percent of greenhouse gases). Improvements in agricultural and forestry practices can thus have beneficial impacts at multiple levels: agriculture’s large environmental footprint can be reduced, farming systems made less vulnerable to climate change and agriculture harnessed to promote more global environmental improvement and produce gains locally as well. However, there are often trade-offs between local incentives and global goals.

This sub-theme seeks to elicit innovative systems that ensure local gains to battling the global environmental problems of climate change and biodiversity conservation. Innovations are sought in the following areas: (i) development and production of sustainable biofuels; (ii) methods to scale up payments to ecosystem services; (iii) increased local incentives and benefits to the poor in payment for environmental services schemes; (iv) enhancement of community-level adaptation to climate change in rural areas; (v) reducing the contribution of agriculture and fisheries to greenhouse gases; and (vi) sustainable use and promotion of biodiversity at the local level.

  • Key Dates 

    • March 21, 2008: Deadline for all proposals
    • June 23, 2008: Finalists announced
    • July 28, 2008: Finalists’ proposals due
    • September 24-25, 2008: Marketplace & Knowledge Exchange

Road Safety

Posted: February 28, 2008 in Information, Out n About
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I had an interesting morning today. Got out of bed… and decided to head straight for work without breakfast… well, thats ma usual anyway. So I was sitting in this bus for going Ela Beach and heading towards down… the bus was going on a crawl and I was getting edggy as I was standing on the door way…. when we reach Ela Beach hotel… it then hits me the reason for us crawling. There was a car accident right there!!

A small sedan had collided with a Large Dyna. An expatriate was driving that small sedan and the driver of the Dyna was from Central. Now the Dyna didn’t have scratches to it but the small sedan….it literally and truely defines “Kar bump”. What amazes me most was that, both drivers were not intoxicated. They were both sober….. so how did they managed to collide??

 

Road safety is very important…. never take your eyes of the road. Do not answer your mobile phones with driving. There can be many reasons to why this accident happens……. be definately its nothing to do with intoxication. I note that the driver of the Dyna was getting more of an earing bashing so I assume he was at the fault.

So maybe he was on the phone or talking to his passenger or even chewing a betelnut while driving… what ever it is…. he has alot sort out in terms of fixing the victims car.

Happy Friday! Don’t Fly when driving!

PNG Amini cricket team?

Posted: February 26, 2008 in Information, Out n About, Sports

I watched the game between PNG and India last week. This was the first match between Papua New Guinea and India. Naturally, I supported the Papua New Guinea team…. India started batting and made a very big run score…. it was PNG’s turn to bat and made less then 100 runs.

I was utterly disappointed but I guess Papua New Guinea is still learning to find its feet…

I then heard the commmentator making a very interesting comment about how the Papua New Guinea cricket team is filled with the Amini family. It has two brothers playing in the squad while the girls team had family members also involved. It got me thing that, maybe we should just change the name of the team to “PNG Amini cricket team”… anyway.. yesterday, a reader on post courier made a similar remark.

I am not alone!!