The Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape has announced his full Cabinet of 33 Ministers who were sworn in at Government House on Friday, June 7, 2019.
Prime Minister Marape also appointed Member for Esa’ala in Milne Bay Province, Hon. Davis Steven , as his deputy and Minister responsible for Justice and Attorney -General.
Mr Steven is the
deputy leader of the People’s Party, a coalition party in the
Government., and will preside over the social sector ,which includes, health, education, law and order, courts, the
police and service delivery.
Mr Marape said, “I term this as the internal security of our nation and he will have my full blessing and of the Cabinet for being responsible over the other Ministers who are responsible for the social sector. He will be given total freedom to do and perform his roles.”
Meanwhile the Prime Minister will be presiding over the economic sector with the assistance of the Treasurer, Sam Basil, Finance Minister , Charles Abel and National Planning Minister, Richard Maru.
“I have total confidence in them. We will work hard on attracting foreign investors and improving our revenue collections systems, and to take back our country and economy and look at the resource laws for the benefit of our people,” Mr Marape said.
Meantime, three vice ministers will also be appointed to assist the Minister for Agriculture , |John Simon, and they will be responsible for coffee and intervention in coffee, copra, cocoa , palm oil and the livestock sector .
“We have a robust combination of Cabinet Ministers. Our intention is simple, but in two years’ time you don’t expect us to do miracles but the least we can do is by fixing our system of government and growing a robust and strong economy and take back our country in the right direction,” said Prime Minister Marape.
He said that the new Cabinet and the Government will focus on improving the public service and pointed out the main agenda was getting the public service machinery and key constitutional offices to function.
“For the next two years I don’t intend to speak too much about infrastructure. That will come when key economic policy interventions are made and the government system is functioning well.
“I am comforted that I have good men in the mix and they were picked amongst the equals,” Mr Marape said.
Mr Marape has also assured that his government will be giving special attention and support to issues facing Bougainville and the country, and therefore , has appointed senior and experienced leader ,Sir Puka Temu as the Minister responsible for Bougainville Affairs .
When announcing Hon.. Kerenga Kua’s appointment as Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Mr Marape said Mr Kua shared the same visions and sentiments with him, in as far as resources in the country are concerned.
“He is very experienced and has worked in this sector and his appointment is something that is fitting in the sector,” he said.