Prime Minister Marape to Announce Cabinet Restructure and Meet Business Community

Sunday 14 January, 2024

In response to the infamous events in Port Moresby last Wednesday, Prime Minister Hon. James Marape is initiating a restructure of the Cabinet. He revealed today that a Cabinet reshuffle is imminent this week.

“The issues concerning the economy and the functionality of key state agencies, including Treasury, Finance, and Planning, have been heard loud and clear,” said Prime Minister Marape.

“We will examine the central agencies of Government along with all supporting departments.”

Simultaneously, Prime Minister Marape will engage with members of the Port Moresby business community this week to address the aftermath of the riots, arson, and looting.

“I will specifically meet with business houses affected by the completely unnecessary events of last Wednesday,” he said.

“Our discussions will focus on ways to assist them in recovering from the arson and looting of their businesses.”

While emphasising the need for peace and sanity during the recovery process, Prime Minister Marape expressed gratitude to the disciplined forces, especially those who worked to control the mayhem.

He acknowledged the State of Emergency’s enforcement under Acting Police Commissioner Donald Yamasombi and the ongoing administrative investigations led by Chief Secretary Ivan Pomaleu regarding the payroll issue that contributed to the chaos in the capital city.

“The Government will collaborate closely with the National Capital District Commission, led by Governor Hon. Powes Parkop, to ensure the recovery and resurgence of our capital city,” Prime Minister Marape said.