The Papua New Guinea Government and Business delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, was accorded full ceremonial honours by the Government of China on their arrival in Beijing overnight.
Prime Minister O’Neill, Mrs Lynda Babao-O’Neill, senior Government Ministers and Members of Parliament, together with a delegation of senior business representatives, now begin a series of engagements that includes bilateral meetings with the Premier and President of China, and current and potential Chinese investors.
“Papua New Guinea must reach out and engage with our foreign partners so we can increase trade, stimulate business and create new jobs,” the Prime Minister said.
“China is now the second largest economy in the world and has enormous market potential for our exports.
“This includes exports of oil and gas, but now that we are broadening our own economic base in areas such as agriculture and tourism, we can attract future business from China.
“This is important for current economic growth, and even more important, the economy opportunities we are creating for our children and future generations.”