PNG wins first Melanesian School Debate
PNG is the winner of the first IBS Melanesian School Debate championship which ended today.
The challenge which includes Vanuatu was held at the Moresby Arts Theatre.
With just three points over Solomon Islands, the PNG team led by Samuel Kavo scored a total 1184 points to Solomon Island’s 1181.
In what was a close encounter, both countries put up strong points on the topic ‘Natural resource extraction has led to immense wealth in Pacific Island countries’.
Going against the topic, the PNG team comprising of Samuel Kavo, Jeremiah Panapen, Emily White and Sharjeen Kua impressed the judges with three additional points to win the contest.
Team Solomon’s Denmark Pahu, Jessica Parapopo, Issac Barley and Tanya Wikham argued for the topic.
Whilst the Solomon Islanders based their argument on better management required to see actual wealth, the PNG team stood on the unequal distribution of wealth and human development index amongst Pacific Island countries.
The PNG team in giving examples of current natural resource extraction including the multi-million PNG LNG project, argured that the wealth created from the project is not evident in the current living standards being experienced in the country.
“Where are the immense wealth when the social indicators from PNG proves otherwise from the LNG project?,” asked Kavo.
Both teams put up an impressive debate with good rebuttal points and recommendations as intellectuals. Their coaches say such debates have helped to develop the students in their confidence.
Lucky Five Win IBS Scholarships
The Institute of Business Studies has continued its support at promoting sports incentives through proving quality education with its various academic programs in the country.
As part of its contribution to sports, it works in partnership with the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) by supporting its events such as the annual Trukai Fun Run.
IBS has offered scholarships as prizes to participants of the fun run who entered into the draw by filling out entry forms during the event held this year. These forms go into the draw where lucky winners receive a scholarship for six months, from IBS to study in their campus in Port Moresby.
This year there were five lucky winners selected from its draw for scholarships, the winners are;
- Ngele Bugi (Daru)
- Janet Becko (Pom)
- Sanny Biksy (Pom)
- Waribyrnango Waliku (Pom)
- David Jerry (Pom)
IBS Associate Director Vani Nades said “Our partnership goes a long way and we are happy to support the community and will continue to support and give opportunity to our fellow Papua New Guineans to educate themselves and better their lives.”
“I want to congratulate the winners and encourage more people to participate in sport related activities.”
“These scholarships are for certificate programs in Accounting, Computing, Marketing and Human Resource Management and will run for six months and the students need to make use of it this year. It’s been almost 11 years supporting this initiative and IBS is proud to play a contributing role in supporting our PNG Elite sports men and women,” Ms Nades said.
The Institute is also providing scholarships for PNG’s elite athletes through the Athletes Excellence Program in partnership with PNGOC. Interested Athletes can see the team at PNGOC for more information about that.
PNGOC Secretary General, Auvita Rapila thanked the institute for their continued support and congratulated the winners of the draw.
“We are grateful for the support IBS has given over the years which has not only contributed to the development of our elite sports men and women but also the community by offering scholarships and academic programs for everyone”. Mrs Rapila said.
Congratulations Sir Mick Nades!
Institute of Business Studies Chairman, Mr Mick Nades, The Honorary Consulate for Belgium in PNG since 1994, has been installed the Order of Leopold, the highest knighthood from Belgium.
Nades was bestowed the honour by Belgian Ambassador to PNG, Jean-Luc Bodson at a reception on Wednesday.
“The reason for this is that Nades has been the honorary consul of Belgium for 20 years,” Bodson said, “He has done this with zeal and enthusiasm. He has served bilateral relations between Belgium and Papua New Guinea in a wonderful way.
“His service has received the attention of our King and he has received this decoration.”
Nades of Sri Lankan heritage but now a PNG citizen, was overwhelmed by the honour.
The King and the Government have now recognised my long service to the Belgian state and the people, and have decided to give me the highest award,” Nades said.
The Order of Leopold, the highest order of Belgian and named in honour of former King Leopold, can only be granted by the current king – King Phillippe in this case – and is reserved for the most important Belgian nationals or distinguished foreign persons.
Nades has contributed to educational development especially in Port Moresby and Enga where there are IBS campuses.
Before that he worked in the private sector as an accountant and did his share of contributing to the development of the nation through his work obligations.
Nades has been instrumental in the development of cricket in PNG over the past 10 years.