New U.S. Ambassador To PNG To Promote Women’s Empowerment

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Catherine Ebert-Gray presents credentials to Governor-General

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 24, 2016) – New United States Ambassador to PNG Catherine Ebert-Gray is keen on pursuing women empowerment in Papua New Guinea.

Speaking at the presentation of her credentials to Acting Governor-General Theodore Zurenuoc, Ebert-Gray acknowledged the combined efforts of the two countries on empowering women, which will be highlighted at an upcoming women’s forum.

Ebert-Gray, happy to be back in the country, said since arriving she and her family enjoyed reconnecting with old friends. "As ambassador, I look forward to seeing much of PNG and its great diversity and I would certainly welcome your advice on how I want to best spend my time here.

"My Government is working intensively with you on a variety of issues ranging from health and education to defence and disaster management.

"I would hope that our two sides would find time in the near future to agree on further areas of bilateral cooperation."

Ebert-Gray said an important milestone that the US Government would be celebrating with PNG was the new embassy compound soon to be constructed near the Port Moresby waterfront.

"Our goal is to open this new symbol of our friendship in approximately three years’ time," she said.

"This will be a major priority for us, but it will not prevent us from continuing to build on the tremendous work that my predecessors in the United States mission have made with your government and with the people of Papua New Guinea."

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