Friday, February 21, 2020

PM Marape arrives in New Zealand for official visit

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister  James Marape has just touched down in New Zealand for his official visit.

Upon arriving in Auckland from Fiji, PM Marape is scheduled to meet his New Zealand  counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, at Government House.

PNG Prime Minister James Marape with his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern at  Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, this morning.

There, PM Marape and his counterpart will hold a one-on-one prime ministerial discussion, followed by bilateral discussion with the PNG-NZ delegations.

Points of discussion include our diplomatic relations and political representation, immigration and consular relations, high level bilateral consultations, defence and security cooperation, trade and investment cooperation; development and technical cooperation, the Bougainville Referendum 2019; new areas of future cooperation  between PNG and New Zealand; along with selected regional and international issues.

After the bilateral discussions, both prime ministers will hold a joint media conference, followed by a courtesy call paid to PM Marape by New Zealand’s Leader of Opposition, Simon Bridges.

Prime Minister Marape is accompanied by Minister for National Planning Sam Basil, Oro Governor Gary Juffa, West New Britain Governor Francis Maneke and Tewai-Siassi MP Kobby Bomareo. 

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