Shangai flight to open economic opportunities: PM

The commencement of Air Niugini direct flights between Papua New Guinea and Shanghai in September will open up more opportunities for both countries.

The charter flight led by Prime Minister O’Neill with government delegation last Wednesday was used as a test flight by Air Niugini with the various NAC verifications.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said PNG must tap into the developments that is taking place around the world and China is an example to learn from.

He said it has been a privilege to see first-hand the dynamic developments and core initiatives of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone whilst visiting Administration of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in the New District of Pudong last Friday.

“My recent meetings with China's Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping in Beijing has enabled us to enhance our relations from a strategic partnership to a more comprehensive strategic partnership.”

He further thanked the Administration Committee of China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone for the overview of their magnificent capabilities and expressed in PNG's interest in enhancing trade and investment, cooperation and working towards international standards.

He further thanked the free trade zone administration for the comprehensive briefing on its operations and expressed interest in the outstanding outcomes from China's free trade zone.

The first commercial flight will be in September and so far interest is overwhelming.


Caption: PM O'Neill in discussions with Deputy Director Lu Fangzhou in Shanghai.

Freddy Mou