Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister

Pato clarifies PNG’s vote

“But rather, it wanted to assist the peace process by bringing the Palestinians to the peace without the distraction of the issue of the capital city.”

The Minister was responding to a recent Loop PNG article on PNG being one of the 128 United Nations member countries who voted to reject US’ move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Papua New Guinea is a good friend of the USA, and did not join in the attacks on USA at the recent WTO, but showed some positive points to part of USA's policy,” stated Pato.

Dual citizenship can now be implemented: Pato

Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato, says this is a historic moment for PNG.

“PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority have completed all work that is necessary for implementation of dual citizenship which will now enable people from the eight prescribed countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, United Kingdom, Germany and the United States of America to apply for appropriate dual citizenship options,” reveals the Minister.

PNG economy rebounding: Minister

In a statement, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato, says: “We are emerging from a challenging period with reduced commodity prices, but we are seeing a rebound that is strengthening the economy.

“Our economy is into the fifteenth year of positive economic growth, and debt and inflation are under control.

“Despite the recent global downturn, the Government was able to manage pressures and not reduce critical service delivery.

“We do have foreign currency access concerns that are being resolved, and have improved since last year.”