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EXPENDITURE IN PNG’s 2016 BUDGET – A Detailed Analysis

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by PAUL FLANAGAN PNG is a high-taxing and very high-spending country relative to its Asia Pacificpeers. Most of any adjustment to the fiscal balance should therefore occur on the expenditure side. PNG is planning to do this with a drop in the expenditure to GDP ratio from the highest level ever, of 38.1% in 2013, to its lowest level ever, of 24.6% in 2020. PNG has never attempted such a fiscal consolidation – not even to recover from the fiscal crises of the 1990s. Putting this into an international perspective, PNG is seeking to adjust government expenditure by 13.5% of the economy. This is more than double the government expenditure reductions undertaken by Greece of 6.3% (from 51.4% of GDP in 2010 to 45.1% of GDP in 2015). Of course, PNG is not facing a Greek-style fiscal crisis (at the start of its crisis Greece had a broadly similar deficit of 11%, but a much higher public debt level of 170% of GDP), but it is planning a similar or more draconian response. PNG is seeking real expen…

WHERE ARE LANDOWNERS, LLGS AND PGS LNG EQUITY FUNDS KEPT?

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By Nemo Yalo: Principal of Nemo Lawyers former Acting National Court Judge
former Chief Legal Counsel for Ombudsman Commission

There is in an ongoing public debate between the Government and the Opposition in Parliament regarding the receipt and application of the proceeds from the sale of the LNG. In its 2015 first half Environmental and Social Report, Exxon Mobil states that its US$19billion project loaded the 100th LNG shipment on LNG carrier Methane Spirit on 15 June 2015. The first LNG cargo was shipped on 25 May 2014 destined for Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. (TEPCO) in Japan delivered on 2 June 2014. The LNG Project is expected to produce nine (9) trillion cubic feet of gas over 30 years. It has the capacity to produce 6.9 million tonnes per year. The report reads in part:
“The Papua, the first custom-built LNG carrier for EMPNG, arrived at the LNG Plant Marine Terminal on 22 February 2014 to begin loading its first cargo. The 172,000-cubic metre, 290-metre-long LNG carrier is th…