The Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Keith Pitt MP, will meet the new Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government to promote trade and people-to-people links during his official visit to Port Moresby this weekend.

“I look forward to meeting key ministers of the recently elected PNG Government and discussing how we can further enhance our economic relationship. We already have significant annual trade of about $6 billion and Australian investment in PNG is currently about $18 billion,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt will discuss with PNG ministers preparations to host APEC 2018, the largest event to be held in PNG and a major opportunity to promote PNG on the world stage.

Mr Pitt will launch a handicraft video and vendor guide produced by Australia’s Pacific Horticulture and Agriculture Market Access Program to support increased handicraft trade within PNG’s tourism industry. 

His program will include a visit to the Bomana War Cemetery to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda and Milne Bay campaigns, and to pay tribute to fallen Australian and fellow Commonwealth service personnel who died in PNG during World War II.

During the visit, Mr Pitt will represent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Prime Minister’s XIII Rugby League match between Australia and PNG. The rugby league match held every year since 2005, promotes people-to-people links and raises social awareness about equal participation for women in the PNG community.

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