He says the growing capacity of our Defence force is going to be even more important in the years ahead as challenges around the world increase.
“Our Disciplined Forces are also increasingly required to work as part of a whole-of-government effort,” he says.
O’Neill says that meeting some of the challenges in the years ahead including disasters will occur more than ever before due to climate change.
“We can expect more floods, more cyclones and more droughts to affect our country into the future.
Also in the coming years the eyes of the world will be upon Papua New Guinea as the host of a number of major events.
This includes the Africa Caribbean and Pacific Leaders’ Summit, and the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup – both are taking place in 2016.
The Rugby League World Cup Games in Papua New Guinea in 2017
In 2018, Papua New Guinea will host the APEC Leaders’ Meeting and many associated activities where we will be asked to participate.
O’Neill says for each of these major events, the active, high-level participation of the military is essential.
He went on to say that the PNGDF will have an essential role in ensuring the safety and security of our citizens, foreign dignitaries and visiting officials.
“I know that the PNG Defence Force will be up to this challenge and will serve the nation with pride,” says O’Neill
The PM attended the 2nd Defence Force Commissioning Course (DFCC) Graduation Parade at Igam Barracks in Lae City today.