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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:48 am 
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The Australian whitepaper just released recognises that Papua New Guinea is unique, according to PNG Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato.
“We need to work more collaboratively with Australia. And Australia’s new foreign policy recognises in the White Paper that PNG is a unique country, which is the standalone in our region because of its position, because of its size and because of its economy and of course population, land size,” he said.

“All of those things combined and put together, which puts PNG in a position that is not the same as the rest of the Pacific Islands. Australia has taken a very unique position and many issues, which we have worked together on.”

Mr Pato said PNG welcomed the opportunity to collaborate further and deeply with Australia away from aid into an area of trade and investment partnership, and collaborate more intensely in the issues security for our region.

Quoting the White Paper :
“The Torres Strait is the closest thing Australia has to a land border—it is less than four kilometres from the Papua New Guinea mainland to the nearest populated Australian island. Developments in Papua New Guinea have substantial implications for Australia, including our defence, border security, health security and economy,”

“It is in our shared interest that Australia remains Papua New Guinea’s principal security partner. We will continue to pursue close defence cooperation and build capacity in policing and law and justice.

“We will work with Papua New Guinea to tackle illegal fishing, trans-national crime and people smuggling. Ensuring the integrity of the Torres Strait Treaty, the foundation of our border arrangements, will remain a priority.

“Notwithstanding its current fiscal challenges, Papua New Guinea has considerable economic potential and a growing number of trade and investment partners.

“In this changing economic landscape, Australia will have to compete harder for business. Australian companies have already invested $18 billion in Papua New Guinea. Some 4,600 Australian firms do business there.


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