This will be his first overseas visit as minister.
“I am delighted to visit PNG,”he said
“Australia and Papua New Guinea has a special relationship built on a shared history, geography and enduring people-to-people links.
“The creation of this new portfolio highlights the importance the current Australian Government places on Australia’s relationship with Pacific Island countries and our commitment to economic growth, development and poverty reduction in the Pacific region.”
Ciobo will meet senior PNG Government ministers to discuss practical ways to strengthen bilateral relationship for both countries and deliver on shared development priorities.
He will meet key Australian business representatives to discuss opportunities for private sector growth.
Australian business investment in Papua New Guinea is worth nearly A$19 billion (K54,755,222,394.94)
In line with the Government’s commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region, Ciobo will deliver an address on ‘Women in Leadership’ to students at the Australian-funded Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.
To encourage more private sector engagement in aid delivery, Ciobo will hold discussions with senior representatives from United Nation agencies, international financial institutions and civil society organisations.