Australia to re-open Consulate-General in Lae, PNG
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The Australian Government will expand its diplomatic presence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through the re-establishment of an Australian Consulate-General in Lae.
This was announced by the Minster for Foreign Affairs of Julie Bishop on Thursday 3rd March following positive discussions with Papua New Guinea at the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum, where a concrete plan to strengthen the bilateral relationship was agreed upon. Australia had a Consulate-General in Lae from independence in 1975 until it was closed in 1982. An Australian Consulate headed by an Honorary Consul has operated in Lae since 1989.
Lae is PNG’s commercial capital, home of its largest port, and the gateway connecting PNG’s island regions and the highlands, where the majority of Papua New Guineans live. The Consulate-General will strengthen Australia’s presence in PNG’s commercial capital and bolster the growing trade and investment relationship between the two countries. The Consulate-General will also support the delivery of Australia’s $554.5 million aid investment in PNG, as well as offering consular and other services to the thousands of Australians living in the area.
You can read the full media release here.
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