Australia reinforces commitment to a better Bougainville

Media release

28 March 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles will visit Papua New Guinea, including Bougainville, from 28-31 March.

This will be Mr Marles first visit to Bougainville as Parliamentary Secretary and he will meet with the Autonomous Bougainville Government President (ABG), John Momis, and key members of the ABG to discuss the Bougainville peace process and related issues.

"This visit is an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to helping Bougainville to get back on its feet after so many troubled years," said Mr Marles.

In Port Moresby Mr Marles will meet with PNG Ministers and attend a roundtable on the National Advisory Committee on Disability.

Mr Marles will visit Port Moresby General Hospital and tour the PNG Eye Care clinic.

The Parliamentary Secretary will visit Papua New Guinea’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in the Southern Highlands and reinforce Australia’s commitment to supporting the project.

Australia’s support to the PNG LNG project includes providing advice on the establishment of sovereign wealth funds and the modelling required to assess the project’s likely impact on PNG’s economy.

Discussions during the visit will also progress the agreement between Australia and PNG to reposition the aid program to give priority to education and health, transport and law and justice.

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