BOUGAINVILLE’S MOMIS NAMED AMBASSADOR TO CHINA

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BOUGAINVILLE’S MOMIS NAMED AMBASSADOR TO CHINA

By Elizabeth Miae

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 10) - Former Governor of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, John Momis, was formally commissioned yesterday as the ambassador designate of Papua New Guinea to China.

Momis along with his family left the country yesterday afternoon for official duties in China. He is the sixth ambassador to serve in China following the establishment of formal diplomatic relations on October 12, 1976. He expressed his gratitude to the Somare Government for having appointed him as the ambassador to China and said that he would do his best to maintain the relationship between the two countries. He added that PNG could learn from China to become economically fit if it opened up to the world and not let its culture get in the way.

Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Paul Tiensten congratulated Momis on his appointment and stressed on his mission as the ambassador to pursue the Government’s medium term development strategy (MTDS) and to secure long-term benefits for mutual gains of both PNG and China. "Your appointment is a clear manifestation of the trust and confidence the government and people of PNG have in you as a senior statesman and one of the founding fathers of our nation," Mr. Tiensten said.

He emphasized that PNG valued its relations with China not only as a burgeoning market for PNG exports but as an inspiring and vibrant nation that played a significant role in influencing major global issues.

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