PNG Ports sponsors Australia PNG Business Council forum

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) has been named a Diamond Sponsor of the 33rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council (APNGBC) forum to be held in Port Moresby from May 14-16.

PNG Ports, while presenting the APNGBC with K14, 500, said it was proud to sponsor a significant event that featured PNG and its closest neighbour, Australia.

“We are pleased to be associated with such a significant event that brings together the business community in both Australia and PNG to engage and discuss issues which affect business and investment in both our countries,” said Acting Managing Director, Mr Stanley Alphonse.

“In its 33rd forum now, I’m sure the last 3 decades of hosting this event has brought much insight and opportunity to delegates,” Mr Alphonse said.

“The high level speakers and presenters involved previously and for this occasion has and will bring about unparalleled opportunity to learn about business opportunities in PNG, and to network with senior policy makers in both countries.”

“PNG Ports has always been an active member and participant of the forum and we hope that our support through this sponsorship will enable this forum to be successfully hosted here in Port Moresby.”

“We look forward to being part of this year’s forum and wish APNGBC and its partners all the best in running this event,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of APNGBC, Materua Tamarua, who was on hand to receive the sponsorship, thanked PNG Ports for supporting the forum.

“Australia is PNG’s closest neighbour and PNG Ports, as a trade facilitator, plays a significant role in the ongoing trade between the two countries by always upholding the importance of maintaining partnership and allowing efficient trade between the two countries through its network of ports,” he said.

“The forum, a bilateral event, is all about trade and strengthening ties between the two countries, and with the stability in management at PNG Ports, and its efficiency in services, trading is sure to continue,” he said.

PNG Ports is the leading maritime services provider in the region and owns and operates 15 ports.

Free health care for PNG Ports staff and dependents

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) has scored a first in health care for workers in Papua New Guinea when it announced that all its employees and their dependents will receive free and quality health care from the country’s premier health care provider, Pacific International Hospital (PIH).

“I am pleased to advice that PNG Ports Corporation Limited has entered into an agreement with Pacific International Hospital (PIH) whereby PIH will provide healthcare services to PNGPCL employees and their declared dependents,” Acting Managing Director, Mr Stanley Alphonse said.

“The facility is now available to Port Moresby and Lae based employees (via the Lae International Hospital). PIH is currently negotiating with medical services providers around the country to extend its health care facility to PNG Ports’ staff in other provinces,” Mr Alphonse said.

The services covered are extensive and include: Accidents and Emergency services, Anaesthesia and Critical care, Cardiology/Cardiac surgery, Critical Care, Dentistry, Dermatology, Dialysis, EYE and ENT, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, laboratory, neurology/neuro surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Optometry and Optical Services (Eye Care), Paediatrics Pathology, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Plastic surgery, Radiology, Trauma care and Urology.

Mr Alphonse made the announcement to jubilant staff who will access free and specialist quality health care, and will not have to wait in long queues at the public hospitals anymore.

“Costs are fully covered which means no employee will be required to pay any additional amount,” Mr Alphonse said.

“The health care facility enables the employees of PNG Ports and their declared dependents to access general health care services,” he said.

This company benefit comes back to back with an ambitious Home Ownership Scheme announced in January as an initiative to attract, retain and motivate staff in its endeavors to improve and maintain staff performance levels.

“While PNG Ports is a company seeing immense developments at its ports to meet global demands, it understands that the well-being of its staff will result in enhanced productivity at work and ultimately, the achievement of company milestones,” Mr Alphonse said.

PNG Ports Savings and Loans Society names new Board

The PNG Ports Savings and Loans Society has a new and younger Board of Directors in place to generally oversee the efficient management and control of the Society.

The Interim Board was approved and endorsed by the Regulatory Body for Savings and Loans Societies - the Bank of Papua New Guinea. 

Members of the Board appointed are Beverly Nelson, as Interim Chairperson, and Helen Nanumea, Steven Madagi and Ben Tomba as interim directors.

The Board of Directors will be responsible for making decisions on management of investment funds, budgets, smooth operation of the Society and consider loan and withdrawal applications beyond the Savings and Loans team’s delegated authority.

Ms Nelson, on behalf of the Board, said they were happy to voluntarily serve for the benefit of the members to ensure that their funds are managed well and bring back good returns.

Ms Nelson has been a member of the Board as a Director since 2013 and in 2015 she was appointed Interim Chair.  She is currently a Project Manager with the Project Management Unit and has been an employee of PNG Ports for six years.

Ms Nanumea, Mr Madagi and Mr Tomba are all new to the Board after being appointed last year. 

Mrs Nanumea works with the ICT Department as the Team Leader-Systems Support and has worked with PNG Ports for 18 years.

Mr Madagi, who is the Team Leader-Employee Relations and Training at the Human Capital Department, has been with PNG Ports for two years, while Mr Tomba, the Team Leader-Standards and Licensing attached with Maritime Compliance has been working with PNG Ports for 12 years after joining in 2005.

The Society team, which reports to the Board is being led by Team Leader-Savings and Loans, Eunice Kot, and assisted by Loans Administration Officer, Josephine Sepe and Loans Information Officer, Roselyn Henao.

The Society is an entity owned by its members, and controlled and operated by its Board of Directors.

The main function of the Society is to receive funds from members as ‘Savings’ and ‘Loans’.  These funds are then loaned to members in need of these funds. 

Members are able to obtain loans at a fair and reasonable interest rate of one percent (1%) per month, while an interest of 0.35% is paid on savings every month end on the closing balance.

PNG Ports Savings and Loans Society to step up

Meeting client’s expectations is challenging, especially when your job is to deal with people who need money ‘urgently’.

That is just one of the demands Eunice Kot signed up for when she joined the PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports) Savings and Loans Society as Team Leader in March, this year.

With a background in banking, Ms Kot brings to the organisation fresh ideas to counter and eradicate these challenges. 

She plans to improve efficiency in services, especially cutting down the turnaround time for processing loans and disbursing funds.

She also hopes to introduce ‘pull factors’ that will encourage former members to re-join.

Without elaborating, one of the ‘pull factors’ she said would take into account the PNG Ports Home Ownership Scheme.

The Society, although small, receives an average of 40 applications daily from its 503 members who are employed and working at one of the 15 ports owned and operated by PNG Ports.

The Society currently lends on a ratio of 1:2 and allows its members to get beyond the amount available and still save.

Working with Ms Kot are Loans Administration Officer, Josephine Sepe, and Loans Information Officer, Roselyn Henao.

Ms Sepe is a long serving staff member who has been with PNG Ports since November 1995, while Ms Henao joined in August 2012.  Ms Henao previously worked with PNG Microfinance Limited (PML) as a Business Loans Officer.

Ms Kot joins PNG Ports after also working with PML as the Supervisor-Internal Audits.  She was with PML for the last six years where she held many jobs as a Loans Officer, Team Leader-Loans, Risk Management Officer, Internal Auditor and subsequently Supervisor-Internal Audits.

A Board of Directors, headed by the Interim Chairperson, Beverly Nelson, and three directors, overseas the overall administration of the Society.

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