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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has named his full cabinet so the Government can put a new foot forward with the incoming O’Neill/Abel administration in Port Moresby.
More than half of the members named Wednesday are new ministers, 19 of them are first time ministers, while 14 are senior ministers who have served in the ninth Parliament.
The full list consists of 17 members of the ruling People’s National Congress Party, four from the coalition partner United Resource Party, four from the Independents, three from the People’s Progress Party, and one each from United Party, Our Development Party, PNG National Party, Social Democratic Party and Christian Democratic Party.
Despite the election results, O’Neill has been fair to all regions, Morobe, Sepik, and NGI, who have rejected PNC during the election.
He said that they have tried to have a good regional balance, using the experience and the talents that each minister or Member of Parliament had.
O’Neill also announced that today he will chair his first Cabinet meeting in Port Moresby.
“We thank you for your support from our people from the past election and we look forward to meeting the challenges that they want us to meet,” O’Neill said.
“We have tried to have a good regional balance, use the experience and the talents that each minister or Member of Parliament has, and we will certainly be making sure that they are put to good use for the interest of the nation. So, that is why we have allocated the ministries this way.
“As stated in our Alotau Accord, there are specific issues that we want to address and those are work programs that we have laid out to our nation and to our ministers, and over the coming days, each minister will get a detailed briefing from their ministries and their departments as to how they will continue to deliver to the nation,” O’Neill said.
The Cabinet is made up of 33 Ministers. Their responsibilities are as follows:
Prime Minister & NEC, Sports and APEC – Peter O’Neill
Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Treasury – Charles Abel
Minister for Inter-Government Relations – Kevin Isifu
Minister for Finance & Rural Development – James Marape
Minister for National Planning & Monitoring – Richard Maru
Minister for Public Enterprise & State Investments – William Duma
Minister for Petroleum & Energy – Fabian Pok
Minister for Mining – Johnson Tuke
Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade – Rimbink Pato
Minister for Public Service – Elias Kapavore
Minister for Environment, Conservation & Climate Change – John Pundari
Minister for Transport – Wesley Nukunj
Minister for Commerce & Industry – Wera Mori
Minister for Agriculture & Livestock – Benny Allan
Minister for Community Development, Youth & Religion – Soroi Eoe
Minister for Tourism & Culture – Emil Tammur
Minister for Education – Nick Kuman
Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology – Pila Niningi
Minister for Justice & Attorney General – Davis Steven
Minister for Defense – Solan Mirisim
Minister for Police – Jelta Wong
Minister for Correctional Services – Roy Biama
Minister for Housing & Urbanisation – John Kaupa
Minister for Labour & Industrial Relations – Mehrra Kipefa
Minister for Health & HIV/AIDS – Sir Puka Temu
Minister for Fisheries – Patrick Basa
Minister for Communication & Information Technology – Francis Maneke
Minister for Works & Implementation – Michael Nali
Minister for Lands & Physical Planning – Justin Tkatchenko
Minister for Civil Aviation – Alfred Manase
Minister for Bougainville Affairs – Fr Simon Dumarinu
Minister for Forestry – Douglas Tomuriesa
Minister for Immigration & Border Security – Petrus Thomas.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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