PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S PM SKATE TO VISIT INDONESIA MAY 4-6

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 19, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)--- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Bill Skate has confirmed that he will be going to Indonesia on a state visit, May 4-6.

It will be a full state visit, he said, and will involve meetings with President Suharto, senior ministers and government and business leaders, The National reports.

Skate said the visit is geared to promoting PNG-Indonesia trade relations, adding that he was especially interested in examining how the Indonesian government had established free trade zones.

The visit to "our neighbors in Indonesia will result in real jobs and real savings for the people of our nation," he said.

Skate met with the Indonesian Ambassador to PNG, Benny Mandalika, to confirm plans for the visit.

Traveling with the Prime Minister to Indonesia will be the ministers of defense, transport, foreign affairs, works, trade and industry as well as members of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce.

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