Governor Juffa raises concern over cross-border
25 April, 2018, 1:50 pm
PORT MORESBY, 25 APRIL 2018 (POST COURIER) – Oro Province Governor Gary Juffa has raised concerns about transnational organised crimes that have devastating effects to the nation and called for urgent intervention by the Papua New Guinea government to address those crimes.
Juffa said Prime Minister Peter O’Neil has raised the issue of transnational organised crimes at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London warning all nations of the dangers of transnational organized crimes that is, in fact, happening in PNG.
He said transnational organised crime is one of the most debilitating impediments to the progress of any economy.
It is such a serious issue the United Nations convention against transnational organised crime which was adopted via resolution by the UN General Assembly 15 November 2000. It came into force on September 29, 2003.
As of 2017, 189 nations have signed including 184 states.
Nine have not ratified it and Papua New Guinea is not one of them.
“It means that we are simply not serious about this issue that threatens our entire economy and future.”
He said State Agriculture Business Leases or SABLs and illegal logging and illegal fishing which are ongoing means that the government does not simply care about the threat or risk those crimes it poses for the country.
The recent re-entry into PNG by deported transnational criminal Kevin He Kai is an example of a nation in the grip of transnational crime.
He said the granting of citizenship of Interpol fugitive Djoko Tjandra by former minister Ano Pala is an example of a government that is pathetic to the dangers posed by transnational crimes.
Juffa said the failure to collect tax revenues from companies engaged in transnational crimes shows a weak resolve by the government in combating transnational crimes.
Meanwhile, the entities established to fight transnational crimes have all since been both disbanded and unfunded and the nation’s capacity to detect and combat those crime are at an all-time low or zero.