PNG Invited To Attend G7 Outreach Meeting In Japan

Shinzo Abe

Officials to have access to G7 seven leaders, international lenders

BY Rosalyn Albaniel

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 25, 2016) – Papua New Guinea is one of seven countries invited by Japan as the host of the upcoming G7 Summit for the outreach meetings in Nagoya, Japan.

The meeting will be held on May 28 after the G7 Summit that will be held on May 27-28 at Ise-Shima.

The other Outreach Countries include Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Laos.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is set to fly into Japan for these high-level bilateral talks where he will join his colleague leaders including Chad President Idriss Deby Itno, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Xuan Phuc, and Laos Prime Minister Thongolun Sisoulith.

Organisations that have also been invited for the Outreach Meeting include the UN which will be represented by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, OECD secretary general Angel Gurria and Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao.

Spokesman Masato Otaka told visiting journalists during a briefing yesterdaythat the Outreach program will enable these seven countries the opportunity to discuss important matters with the G7 countries.

He said the last invitation had been extended to members of the BRIC economy and this time that Japan had decided to extend this opportunity to these Outreach countries.

“There will be some bilateral meetings at the fringe of the meeting particularly those countries that are here for the Outreach Forum. This is if they (countries) can arrange them in Nagoya,” he said.

Mr Otaka said Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to join the visiting prime ministers, presidents and heads of the Outreach countries and entities in Nagoya, soon after the conclusion of the G7 summit which he will be chairing in Isi-Shima.

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