PNG PM: India President’s Visit Demonstrates Warm Relations

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

Countries discussing opportunities for future cooperation

By Malum Nalu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 29, 2016) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the visit by President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee demonstrates the warm relation that exists between the two countries.

He said they discussed current and potential co-operation opportunities in areas such as agriculture production, downstream processing in the hydrocarbon sector, plus health and education exchanges.

"India’s support is greatly appreciated in areas such as the technical and economic co-operation programme and defence cooperation," O’Neill said.

"There is a great deal that we can learn from India’s experience in areas that include agricultural production and our hydro-carbon sector.

"In food production India has moved from being import-dependent on food, to now being a net food exporter.

"We further discussed the potential for co-operation in downstream processing for our hydro-carbon sector as we move away from exporting only raw oil and gas."

Mukherjee will today sign a number of agreements with the Government, unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the University of PNG, address the PNG-India Business Council , meet with Port Moresby General Hospital board chairman Sir Theophilus George Constantinou, and launch the India-PNG Business Association.

Mukherjee arrived at the Jackson International Airport at 11.20am and was greeted by a 21-gun salute from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

He leaves for New Zealand later today.

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