The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has thanked Japan for its ongoing partnership with Papua New Guinea across a range of sectors, that is enhancing technical capacity in agriculture, education and healthcare.
PM O’Neill made the comments when receiving the credentials of Japan’s new Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, H.E. Satoshi Nakajima, in Port Moresby today.
During the discussion, the Prime Minister said trade and investment with Japan continues to grow and this is delivering results for both countries. “Japanese investment in Papua New Guinea continues to expand, and we are seeing a lot of potential for further investment in the resources sector,” the Prime Minister said. “Japan is a foundation customer of the PNG-LNG project, and with our second LNG project being initiated, Japan is interested in purchasing additional supplies.
“This works for both countries in creating a secure market for Papua New Guinea, and provides Japan with reliable and high quality energy to power homes and businesses.” PM O’Neill thanked Japan for ongoing development support to Papua New Guinea, particularly through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), that he said is improving infrastructure and raising skills in vital sectors.
“Working with Japan, we are rebuilding the terminal at Nadzab Airport to an international standard, improving water and sewage capacity in Port Moresby and providing enhanced training and skills development for our Government officials. “Japan is also very active in working with the Government to improve infrastructure in rural and remote areas and this is having a great impact on improving lives around the country. “There are also a number of volunteers from Japan working in sectors such as agriculture, education, health and information technology, and living in our communities.”
Ambassador Nakajima further conveyed the regards of Japan’s Prime Minister, H.E. Shinzo Abe, to Papua New Guinea and said he is looking forward to attending the APEC Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby in November 2018. “APEC provides an opportunity to showcase the development that is taking place in our country, and to increase our capacity in sectors that are important for our economy.
“This includes expanding technical capacity in agriculture and fisheries, improving transport and supply chains and being able to better protect Papua New Guinea’s intellectual property. “We thank Japan for its support to APEC Papua New Guinea 2018 and look forward to Prime Minister Abe and hundreds of delegates from Japan visiting our country for APEC this year and throughout 2018. “Japan and Papua New Guinea continue to work very closely together in a number of global forums, this includes APEC but also organisations such as the United Nations. “Together we support initiatives for peace and poverty alleviation around the world, the protection of biodiversity and dealing with the damage caused by climate change.”