PAPUA NEW GUINEA TO HOST PACIFIC NAVAL SYMPOSIUM

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 16, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Papua New Guinea will host the 8th annual Western Pacific Naval Symposium next year.

Navy chiefs from 15 member countries that attended the 7th symposium in Auckland, New Zealand, unanimously voted in favor of PNG as the host nation for the workshop, which is scheduled to take place in September 2001.

The Navy’s Acting Chief of Staff, Captain Renagi, said it was a real achievement for the maritime force to bring the event home to PNG.

"To be given the responsibility to host a major international naval event is an honor for this country.

"The forum provides an excellent window of opportunity to showcase our beautiful country, its unique cultures and what the hospitality industry can offer to this international gathering come September 2001," he said.

The first meeting was held in 1988.

The symposium’s goal is to increase naval cooperation in the Western Pacific among navies by providing a forum to discuss regional and global maritime issues that will lead to common understanding and possibly agreements.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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