PORT MORESBY WELCOMES AUSTRALIAN MINISTER
WELCOME RECEPTION DINNER
NCD Governor Powes Parkop has hosted a high-level formal dinner to welcome the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Hon. Zed Seselja, and his delegation during their 3-day visit to Papua New Guinea. https://www.thenational.com.pg/grant-to-link-roads/
Governor Parkop said: Allow me to join Prime Minister and our nation in echoing our sincere appreciation to the Australian Government and its people. That is for rendering their assistance in preventing the spread of COVID-19, supporting economic recovery and working with our government to better connect PNG through infrastructure investment.
Mr Parkop stepped in for Prime Minister James Marape who was out of town for official duties.
AUSTRALIA-PNG’S SHARED HISTORY AND INTERESTS
We have a rich shared history, and continued shared interests, including protecting lives and livelihoods of our nations and people. The two countries have a special bond that is enduring and close and it is all the more reason for us to work together and support one another through such unprecedented times.
“PNG doesn’t take its most important and dear friends like Australia for granted. I take this opportunity to re-affirm PNG’s commitment to continue working together on our shared interests for an open, inclusive and prosperous region,” said Governor Parkop when echoed PM’s sentiments.
In a testament to the rich history shared by PNG and Australia, Governor Parkop made a special mention of the Australian war hero, Sir Hubert Murray. Murray is now buried at Hanuabada, Port Moresby’s iconic local village.
We are considering building a historical cemetery to commemorate his contribution to our country.
PNG’S INCLUSIVE AGENDA
Outlining the vision for an inclusive Papua New Guinea, NCD Governor spoke passionately about promoting women leadership in the parliament through the proposed reserved seats initiative spearheaded by the Coalition of Parliamentarians.
He also drew attention to Port Moresby’s efforts to mitigate the impact of Climate Emergency. That is from initiatives like mangrove planting and coastal clean ups to hosting the first ever climate summit in the country.
Mr. Seselja said: “We have shared interests. Australia is here to work with you (PNG) through your economic, health and infrastructure challenges.”
During the visit, Australia announced a project preparation grant of K26 million for the Trans-National Highway which will eventually link up the capital Port Moresby with the rest of the country.
Additionally, Australia formally opened parts of the Australian-funded Angau Hospital re-development.
The event held in Port Moresby re-affirmed the strong bilateral and historical relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia. https://pngsun.com/2021/07/03/farewell-un-resident-coordinator-gianluca/