Foreign Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko

50th Independence Logo Design Comp launched

Spearheading this is Foreign Affairs Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, who has announced the logo nationwide competition, inviting all talented and artistic Papua New Guineans to participate in designing the official logo for the 50th Independence Anniversary.

Kaugere Academy project progressing

Foreign Affairs Minister and Member for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko MP, recently inspected the ongoing construction.

PNG supports Philippines

Foreign Minister, Justin Tkatchenko stated this during bilateral talks last week in Manila, Philippines with counterpart Foreign Affairs Secretary, Enrique Manalo.

“For what is happening in your country, the Philippines, we have to observe international law, which is very important. Sovereignty of all countries is important and must be respected.” Said Tkatchenko.

Philippines a key developer

During the inaugural Philippines-PNG Policy Consultation in Manila last week, both Tkatchenko and Foreign Affairs Secretary, Enrique Manalo spoke about increasing bilateral and multilateral engagements to further strengthen the historical bond between both countries. This is looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations next year.

Visa-on-arrival for Philippines

He said this after meeting with Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary, Enrique Manalo in Manila, Philippines.

The negotiations will include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reciprocate the Philippines’ visa-free scheme for PNG nationals.

Minister Tkatchenko meets with ICRC Head

Top of the agenda for ICRC was the outstanding Host Country Agreement, which has not been ratified by Parliament since 2016; and the ratification of the additional protocols to the Geneva Conventions inclusively.

Closure of PNG’s trade mission in Taipei

He said after an assessment was done on the office, a decision was reached that it was no longer viable to operate.

The move follows the termination of a PNG diplomat in Taipei last year for assaulting his wife in public.