PNG-Aust relationship evolving

​Papua New Guinea’s relationship with Australia is evolving into a strategic and economic partnership.

Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, said this in Port Moresby during the Australia-PNG Business Council Forum.

Fierravanti told participants that Australia was committed to assisting PNG develop a conducive business environment, adding that many Australian businesses operate in PNG.

“Up to half of Australia’s $500 million development program in PNG is dedicated to infrastructure that will increase productivity and produce better paying jobs,” she said.

“The Australian Government invests more than a $100 million in ‘Aid for Trade’ initiatives to drive that engine.”

The minster, however, said there was more that still needed to be done and assured ongoing support to PNG.

Cedric Patjole