Prime Minister Marape and Japan Minister for Foreign Affairs sign Statement of Intent between the two countries


August 23, 2020 - 1382 views
The Prime Minister  James Marape MP, and Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Tosihimistu Motegi signed a Statement of Intent between the two countries today at the Airways Hotel, Port Moresby.
“The Statement of Intent reaffirms the strong bilateral relations between PNG and Japan since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1975.
“These include areas of mutual concern such as the importance of a free, open, and sustainable maritime order, based on the rule of law that will contribute to peace, stability, resilience, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.  
“The Statement also recognizes the importance of expanding and strengthening trade and economic relations between the two countries, as it acknowledges substantial Japanese investments in PNG.
“It also recognizes the increased level of development cooperation between Papua New Guinea and Japan.
“The Statement further captures the importance of establishing closer cultural and people-to-people links.”
Prime Minister Marape said the Statement of Intent is a political commitment and is not intended as financially or legally binding, but nonetheless provides a framework to strengthen the two countries’ bilateral relationship going forward. 
The Prime Minister said in a press conference after the bilateral meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister for Japan that PNG and Japan has enjoyed a successful relationship since PNG's Independence.
He said most of the discussions in the meeting revolved around opening the market in Japan to agricultural product producers in Papua New Guinea.
Prime Minister added that Japan’s contributions to Papua New Guinea over the years is valued at K4 billion and they continue to support PNG through various aid projects.
He said Papua New Guinea has always given support to Japan in International Forums and that he has indicated his attendance for the Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting (PALM) next year.
The Foreign Minister of Japan was in the country on a two-day Official Visit.
H.E Toshimitsu Motegi meet with the Treasurer, Hon. Ian Ling Stuckey on Thursday  20th August 2020; and had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Marape on Friday (21/08/2020). 
H.E Foreign Minister Motegi’s Official Visit ended on Friday,  as he departed Port Moresby at 2pm on a special private charter. 

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Mike, 7 months ago
Very important move