PNG-Israel heightened relations planned`

Israel Ambassador to the Pacific Islands States, Tibor Shalev Schlosser, hopes to see the PNG-Israel relationship heightened through increased cooperation and development in all sectors of economic growth.

Ambassador Schlosser said this on Tuesday following his arrival and presentation of credentials.

The Ambassador said he has learnt that there are many developmental challenges facing PNG and work has already begun in assisting PNG overcome them.

During a small gathering hosted by the Pacific Israel Jewish Council, the Ambassador announced initiatives they will undertake to assist PNG’s developmental challenges.

The initiatives cover health, education, women empowerment, small and medium business development, agriculture, information technology, and other sectors.

The Ambassador said the heightened relations through development cooperation, and people to people relations, follows on from the 2014 announcement of non-visa entry to Israel for PNG citizens and vice-versa for Israel.

Ambassador Schlosser began his diplomatic career in 1989, and has been posted to Berlin, Rome, Geneva, and Munich.

Schlosser has several degrees in philosophy, political science, has done advanced studies in international defence college Israel, and is a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

He has also been Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues and the Restitution of Holocaust Era Assets   

Ambassador Schlosser speaks six different languages which are: Hebrew, Hungarian, English, French, Italian, and German.

Cedric Patjole