Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby exhibits, Papua New Guinean artist ‘Grim Jordan’ Paintings and opens, The Wantok Shop
by PNG Business News - June 27, 2022
Photo: The Wantok Shop - Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby
The ‘Grim Jordan’ paintings on exhibition at the Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby, are on display both within the hotel and at the Port Terrace Restaurant & Bar. The unique art pieces showcase a mixture of local traditional culture intrinsically woven into a contemporary and quite detailed impression of various characters.
There are five pieces on display, and they vary in size from 60cm (w) x 120cm (h) to 100cm (w) x 150cm (h). Each painting has a unique tale based on the personal experiences and memories of the artist Jordan Morris’ life in Papua New Guinea. General Manager, Kahlia O’Shea said, “We are thrilled to provide a platform for young Papua New Guinean talent to showcase artwork. Our surrounds make a great backdrop for Jordan’s beautiful art.”
The Crowne Plaza brand entails provision for an offering outside the traditional hotel experience. The paintings will exhibit at Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby for 12 months, interested buyers can view the pieces and collect the painter’s contact details at the Port Terrace Restaurant & Bar.
In addition, the hotel has also recently opened its very own convenience store, The Wantok Shop. Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby staff submitted ideas for names and a vote was cast. When asked about the name, General Manager, Kahlia O’Shea said, “The Wantok Shop is quite fitting as it caters to tenants and guests within the compound and surrounding area. It’s a nod to the reciprocal relationship of favours between kin and community members.”
The convenience store is open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm and offers groceries, hot food and convenience items for guests checking in for business. The hotel is looking at sourcing products that are difficult to find in Papua New Guinea and will post updates on their social media accounts as they stock items.
Article courtesy of Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby
PNG Business News - March 17, 2022
International Women’s Day at the Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby
Photo credit: Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby A powerful panel of five (5) consisting of three female leaders in the community and two male IHG leaders were on centre stage at the hotel’s Gekko Bar. Surrounded by an audience of Holiday Inn staff and management, the theme #BreakingTheBias was the focus of the day. Sharing experiences, overcoming barriers, empowerment through personal strong life contributors and personal drivers that assisted them make tough decisions and stand by decisions to see a multitude of outcomes come to pass were all encompassed in the discussions had in the morning session. IHG globally celebrated the day through varied events all focussed around the theme #BreakingTheBias, and Holiday Inn Port Moresby was on fire with the feedback and insights given by the women leaders – Anna Kavana Bais, Sylvia Pascoe and Tania Bale. Questions posed to the panel, gauged responses from the panel with real life experiences. Photo credit: Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby Anna spoke about the challenges she faced as she rose up the ranks in public office over her 27 years starting as a payroll officer and eventually after 19 years, promoted to Head of Department where she held office for 8 years before deciding to step out, and into politics. “Unbalanced decision making....” Anna stated, was the direct outcome from men because the prioritising or lack of it, was predominantly driven by their lack of empathy toward the burdens carried by women, that men did not share at home. When questioned about overcoming feminism, Sylvia responded, “A feminist is not about females trying to take over the world.... it’s about strong people standing up and making decisions that make the country a more equal place”. Tania said, “A feminist is not just women but it’s men as well.... Believing in equality. It’s not about women being better than men and vise versa, it’s all about equal opportunity”. Holiday Inn & Suites supports equal opportunity, allowing both men and women to rise up in the ranks through merit and potential. Both IHG male managers, Oala Patrick and Azriel Natera, acknowledged the strong women who featured in their lives through upbringing and social experiences. Resonating sentiments, feedback and life learnt experiences in support of their female panellists, but even more was their alignment with #BreakingTheBias. The morning session ended on a high note with panel speakers taking time to mingle with the audience. Holiday Inn & Suites staff and management take this time to say, “Thank-you” to the guest speakers for taking the time to share their experiences and challenges with the audience in the morning session, of 8th March 2022 in celebration of “International Women’s Day” - #BreakingTheBias. The global theme for 2022.
PNG Business News - March 17, 2022
Q&A with the Smiling Chef, Chef Lakshman Biswas at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Port Moresby
Photo: Chef Lakshman Biswas - Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby “Chef Lakshman is a bright, talented and self-motivated Chef with strong management skills and a successful track record of impressing guests in his short time with us. We are privileged to have him on our team,” says Rashmi Tulsiani, Hotel Manager - Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby and Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby. Known as the Smiling Chef, we got the chance to chat with Chef Lakshman recently to see where he gets his inspiration and the secret sauce behind his smile.... and needless to say, we were intrigued! Q: What did 5 year old Lakshman dream of being? A: As a 5 year old in Calcutta, India I was more interested in playing and making good friends but at 13 years old I decided I wanted to work in the hospitality industry and travel the world. Q: Why did you become a chef? A: Cooking is my passion and I felt this was a career choice that held a bright future for me. It was an opportunity to see the world as I dreamed, and I have journeyed around the globe three times on a World Cruise as a result. Within the hospitality industry, I have worked in Qatar, Oman, India and now Papua New Guinea with the Holiday Inn & Suites, Port Moresby. I have also had the privilege to work with culinary greats such as the British celebrity Chef Marco Pierre White who trained the famed Gordon Ramsay himself. Q: What does supporting the local food community mean to you? A: At the Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby, I personally head to market for garden produce and cook with local ingredients as it’s more sustainable and allows me to bring freshness to my dishes. Some produce I like to use that are sourced locally from Koki seafood market are Mackerel, Red Emperor, Lobster and Crabs. For vegetables I prefer Gordons Market where I also source fresh fruits and leafy greens. Q: Tell us about your experience working in Papua New Guinea. A: I have been working in Papua New Guinea for the last nine years. I chose to stay as long as I have because I felt I could contribute to improving culinary standards in Papua New Guinea and improve the hospitality experiences provided. The landscape and my outlook has changed from when I started in 2013 and I have used my years to share my hospitality technique and knowledge. In my 21 years of being a Chef, my best growth and expansion in experience has been here in Papua New Guinea. Q: What inspires your daily lunch Chef’s Combo Specials at the Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby? A: I am inspired by my past global experiences, and put together star dishes I have come across in my culinary journey around the world. I like to feature Chinese, Indian, Italian, Greek, Local flavours and Western favourites. The special includes a complimentary soft-drink or fresh juice for only K39 and is great value for our guests. You can find out our daily specials by checking our Facebook page, we post the specials daily. Q: Tell us about your new Themed Buffet Dinner menu, featuring international flavours and cuisine at the Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby. A: It’s a great opportunity to taste flavours from around the world, we have Sunday Roast, Italian on Monday, Street Food on Tuesday, Chinese on Wednesday, and National Dishes on Thursday with my personal favourite, Indian Curry night on Friday. The buffet features live cooking stations and is K89 per person, children 12 years and under are half price. Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a home chef, what would it be? A: The perfect scrambled eggs needs to be moist and soft. To get this consistency, you should use a double boiler, a pot of boiling water on a stove with a stainless steel basin on top will help you get the perfect consistency for this everyday breakfast staple. Q: What ingredient could you not live without? A: I love Coriander, it elevates the flavour of any dish and brings a powerful fresh taste. Q: What is the secret behind your smile? A: I smile to make my colleagues and guests happy, that’s the secret. You can experience Chef Lakshman’s menus at the Holiday Inn & Suites Port Moresby. The hotel has a host of events and accommodation packages for April and May where you will get the chance to meet Chef Lakshman and hopefully catch a beam from the Smiling Chef himself
PNG Business News - April 11, 2022
Holiday Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express Seals Partnership with Moresby Arts Theatre
Holiday Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express continues their partnership and support to Moresby Arts Theatre (MAT). Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding this morning at Holiday Inn’s Cassowary Park. The commitment was sealed with a sponsorship value in kind of K57,675 handed over to MAT’s President, Bob Stanley from IHG PNG’s Area General Manager, Mauro Leone and Holiday Inn Precinct (Holiday Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express) Hotel Manager, Rashmi Tulsiani. Area General Manager of IHG PNG, Mauro Leone, said, “We’ve had a relationship for four years, but this year we stepped that up and wanted to be involved in more programs... Theatre is very important for the country. It’s a great way to promote the culture.” Moresby Arts Theatre, through their Youth Arts Program, allows IHG PNG to contribute to supporting the development of young creative talent in Papua New Guinea through the Arts. Bob Stanley, MAT President said, “Every July & August, we invite year nine students from all of the NCD schools to participate in the Youth Arts Program. COVID hit us pretty hard recently but prior to that, we had 800 to 850 students take part in the 6-week program. We do that in association with the University of Goroka, and we have Dr Jane Awi and her team of students/teachers come down from Goroka, to participate along with MAT volunteers and mentors and we provide ‘Free Of Charge’ lessons and 2 weeks of tutoring in Basic Theatre Skills.” Aside from sponsoring Youth Arts Program accommodation, Holiday Inn’s Cassowary Park will be used in July as a hosting venue for the “Enchanted Isle” production. The hotel will also be the host venue for the MAT Annual Fundraising Dinner. Moresby Arts Theatre was established in 1912 as a small dramatic club in Port Moresby. Since then MAT has grown remarkably to become a beacon light for the dramatic arts in Papua New Guinea. Playing host to over 300 shows, countless events and craft markets, MAT continues to provide a culturally conscious venue for all Papua New Guineans. The ongoing partnership with MAT is part of IHG PNGs responsible business commitments, with a focus on developing young talent and equipping them with valuable skills to help stimulate social and economic growth.
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PNG Business News - August 12, 2022
Going Green: FAO-led EU-STREIT PNG Programme provides green-powered facility to local agricultural authorities to effectively service rural farmers
EU Funded UN Joint STREIT Programme in Papua New Guinea establishes a renewable energy-powered facility to support local government authorities in East Sepik Province, in delivering effective services to rural farmers and entrepreneurs. With generous support of the European Union, the FAO-led EU STREIT Programme officially opened a new 3 cluster office building on 10 August 2022, to host the Programme along with the East Sepik provincial divisions of Agriculture and Livestock, Cocoa Board and the National Agriculture Quarantine & Inspection Authority. The new-look office building is powered by 189 solar panels, which significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the collective dependence on fossil fuel. The solar panels supply the building with 90 KW of energy, relieving the resident agencies and authorities from relying on fossil-generated electricity for their needs, including lighting, ICT, water pumping, and temperature control. This zero-carbon-emission facility has the capacity to accommodate around 90 experts, technicians and extension service officers. Equipped with 120 batteries, the building can support staff’s operation for 36 hours in case of experiencing high cloud cover. The building, currently co-resided by the Programme and provincial agricultural bodies, will be transferred over to the East Sepik Provincial Administration at the end of the Programme and will continue to provide a sustainable base for sustainable support to agriculture-related services in the Province. Officiating the opening ceremony, His Excellency Ambassador Jernej Videtič, Head of the European Union Delegation to PNG, in his address, said: “I am happy to be here and to see that things are moving in the right direction to bring sustainable benefits to the people of East Sepik” Ambassador Videtič further highlighted that “with resources from the citizens of Europe to fund the EU-STREIT Programme in providing training, tools and support, the quantity and quality of cocoa, vanilla and fisheries products will increase. The objective is also to protect these quality products in international markets under the EU-STREIT introduced initiative of Geographical Indication.” The East Sepik Acting Deputy Provincial Administrator, Mr James Baloiloi, in his speech expressed his appreciation to the EU for funding the EU-STREIT Programme and the interventions that the Programme is doing in East Sepik and Sandaun provinces. “The STREIT Programme has gone ahead to introduce a culture of agribusiness that now enables the people of this Province and the people of Sandaun Province to have cash income that can sustain their livelihoods.” Mr Baloiloi added, “this infrastructure and building supports us and facilitates the service delivery to our people in this Province as well as Sandaun Province.” Thanking the EU for its generous funding support, Dr Xuebing Sun, the EU-STREIT Programme Coordinator, said: “the Programme has generated substantial impacts at beneficiary, local institutions and enabling business environment levels. This would not be possible with good partnership, increased ownerships and leaderships of the governments and implementing partners.” “This co-residing and close co-operation among UN agencies and their national partners in this integrated space reflect the partnership approach taken by the Programme to sustainably develop agri-enterprise activities in the region,” added Dr Xuebing Sun, adding “the new climate-friendly facility, which is fully powered by solar energy, also provides a space to welcome, advise and serve the farmers, including interested women and youth, who play very important roles along agri-food value chains”. “This kind of ‘green investment’ enables a shift to a more green economy for local institutions and infrastructure to meet cocoa, vanilla and fishery value chains stakeholders” advised Anthony Bennett, the FAO Lead Technical Officer of the EU-STREIT PNG Programme. United Nations’ implementing partners supporting the FAO-led EU-STREIT PNG present in the office include the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The EU-STREIT PNG is being implemented as a UN Joint Programme (FAO as leading agency, and ILO, ITU, UNCDF and UNDP as implementing partners), is the largest grant-funded Programme of the European Union in the Country and the Pacific region. It focuses on increasing sustainable and inclusive economic development of rural areas through increasing the economic returns and opportunities from cocoa, vanilla and fishery value chains and strengthening and improving the efficiency of value chain enablers, including the business environment and supporting sustainable, climate-proof transport and energy infrastructure development.
Paul Oeka - August 12, 2022
CPAPNG annual meet to discuss global changes
Certified Practicing Accountants of Papua New Guinea will be hosting their 23rd annual conference with about 400 participants nationwide expected to attend the two day conference organized by CPA PNG in Lae Morobe Province from August 18 to19, 2022 CPAPNG was established in 1974 and has come a long way with a lot of achievements along the way. Over the years its membership grew from mere numbers to just below 2000 which includes 40% locals and 60% non-citizens. . The CPA PNG conference is one of CPAs three significant annual events on their calendar with this year's conference theme; Is PNG prepared for the recession?" The conference will see certain key leaders in executive management roles from both the public and private sector delivering presentations in line with the conference theme. CPA PNG's Executive Director Mr. Yuwak Tau said the theme of the conference was selected because there was a decline in the global economy and the general so when that eventuates small economies tend to be affected. He added that they have basically selected the theme that was current and appropriate so that members would find relevance during the course of the conference. “The meeting is to create intellectual and interactive discussions with seasoned business leaders to present and share their ideas and experiences to find probable outcomes within their business environment and industries in times of economic uncertainty”. Some of the topics to be presented by consultants are current significant issues such as crypto currency, transport pricing, bit coin block chain technology and stress management. This were some topics that people have heard about but have not really ventured into. Mr. Tau added that it would be quite hard to measure the benefits immediately but the participants will be able to look at insights shared during the conference that would be appropriate in the areas of employment, accounting, finance, auditing and others. The conference will create an environment where participants can also share information so That they can take points to apply in their work place and industries. In relation the Kumul petroleum Holdings had also presented a cheque of K50, 000 to support the coming event at their head office. The cheque was presented by KPHL's executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Luke Liria and was received by CPA PNG Chairman Richard Kuna. Mr. Liria said KPHL has appreciated the effort put in by CPA PNG to ensure that its members in State owned enterprises and the private sector were given appropriate level of training and as part of KPHL's corporate social responsibility and commitment they hope that their support will continue to help the organization facilitate and make sure the accounting practices is of international standards. CPA PNG's Chairman, Richard Kuna acknowledged KPHL for their support and stated that he was looking forward to seeing KPHL being a big part of the upcoming conference.
Paul Oeka - August 12, 2022
BSP: Small to Medium Enterprises Loans reaches 60% rate.
Bank South Pacific's Financial Group Ltd Chief executive officer Mr. Robin Fleming has recently announced that the bank has granted more than K200 million as loans to small to medium enterprises under its credit scheme facility that the then Marape government had released to the bank to support Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) and local businesses during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Fleming said about 1523 customer loans have been approved, that is about 60% of loan approval rates since 2019. Prior to this announcement BSP and the Department of Commerce and Industry (DCI) had agreed to increase the maximum loan under the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) credit enhancement facility to K5 million. The previous limit was K3 million when the Government first released K100 million as security to the bank under its K200 million SME allocation for BSP to rollout the loan facility last year. Fleming stated that even though they have exhausted and rolled out the bulk of the governments relief funds for SME's they will still be running the SME loan program under its credit facility scheme “At this stage, BSP has not received the funding planned for this year but that is not preventing BSP from giving loans under the facility”. “There remains significant capacity for BSP to continue to assess, approve and funds loans under the facility”. “The agreement with the Government did provide for momentum in the SME facility to be maintained while allowing for the Government budget and funding process to be adhered to”. As part of the government SME relief funding, Commercial Banks were allocated K200 million with BSP Financial Group receiving K100 million, NDB K80 million and another K20 million was allocated to the department of Commerce and Industry BSP could not comment on how the National Development Bank (NDB) is dealing with the K80 million it received, but the intent, when discussions were initiated, was that BSP would be lending to more mature SMEs and NDB to startup ventures. In addition to enabling SMEs to access lower cost of funds through the facility with BSP, the bank has also made it a responsibility to ensure that Government funding is preserved by not approving loans that have a higher risk of default.