APNGBC NEWS : 4th Mar 2016

APNGBC Business Dialogue at the 24th Australia Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum

The Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council Represents Business Interests at the 24th Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Canberra.

— By APNGBC

The Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council Represents Business Interests at the 24th Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Canberra.

It’s been a busy week for representatives of the APNGBC in Canberra. Along with members of the Business Council of Papua New Guinea, five APNGBC Executive Committee members and two Executive Committee members from the Council’s Papua New Guinea Branch met with Australian and Papua New Guinean Ministers ahead of the 24th Australia Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum to discuss the business interests of both Australia and Papua New Guinea business.

Councils’ representatives attended a valuable business dialogue with key Ministers from both countries on Wednesday 2nd March. This dialogue preceded the main Ministerial Forum on Thursday 3rd March.

You can listen to APNGBC President, Greg Pawson discussing the outcomes of this meeting with ABC Radio on Thursday morning.

The Joint Communique, released at the conclusion of the Forum indicates broad-ranging discussion took place on a number of bilateral topics including:

  • Defence and Security Cooperation
  • Trade, Investment and Economic Cooperation
  • Development Cooperation
  • Health
  • Joint Understanding
  • Gender and Women’s Empowerment
  • Bougainville
  • Drought, Natural Disasters and Relief Assistance
  • Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct
  • Science and Technology
  • APEC 2018
  • Immigration and People-to-People Links
  • Combatting People Smuggling and the Regional Resettlement Arrangement
  • Regional and Global Issues

You can read the full joint communique from the 24th Australia Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum here.

Council members also attended the National Press Club address by Prime Minister O’Neill in Canberra on Thursday 3rd March. 

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