PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum underway in Port Moresby

Deeper discussions are expected to re-assess, take stock, and comprehensively view all bilateral treaties and arrangements between PNG and Australia during the 27th Ministerial Forum currently underway at APEC House in Port Moresby.

Foreign Affairs Minister Soroi Eoe upon officially opening the ministerial forum this morning said the forum will seek to progress its mutual partnership to even higher level and to more deeper and engaging discussions and partnership.

The forum aims to reach engaging comprehensive strategy and economic partnership discussions on bold issues of mutual interest and challenges and also exciting opportunities.

Some of the challenges that the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and PNG Prime Minister James Marape identified during their inaugural meeting in Canberra Last month, which will also be discussed during the forum are;

• Security challenges

• Border and Maritime control

• Smooth facilitation of work and travel arrangements between the two countries, and others

“We must look at more coordinated and structured approach in this partnership if we are to achieve its true meaning over the years of set time frame of 10 years” Eoe said.

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne said as PNG & Australia move towards establishing comprehensive partnership, she reiterates the importance to have a structured coordinated approach and stock take.

Senator Payne is accompanied by other five Australia state ministers to attend the ministerial forum to have open discussions to achieve tangible solutions on some pressing issues between both countries.

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