Visit to Papua New Guinea to deepen economic ties

  • Media Release
10 March 2020

Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, The Hon Alex Hawke MP, travelled to Papua New Guinea from 9 to 10 March to discuss shared priorities and Australia’s support for the nation’s economic reform process.

“My visit to PNG this week was an opportunity to further strengthen Australia’s relationship with our close friend and neighbour,” Minister Hawke said.

“Australia is committed to supporting PNG’s important program of economic reforms that are designed to strengthen its long‑term fiscal position and resilience.”

“Australia’s support reflects our interests in promoting a stable and prosperous region and demonstrates the close partnership between our countries.”

Minister Hawke met with PNG Treasurer, the Hon Ian Ling-Stuckey, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, the Hon Sasindran Muthuvel, and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, the Hon Sam Basil. During his visit he also met with members of the local business community and senior representatives of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

“We discussed our shared priorities and interests, such as economic and development cooperation, infrastructure initiatives, labour mobility and Australia’s stepped-up engagement with the Pacific.”

Ministers also discussed regional preparedness for the COVID-19 virus.

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