Minister for Foreign Affairs

Aust’s next envoy to PNG

When making the announcement, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Marise Payne, said Philp is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“He has served overseas as Ambassador to Afghanistan and Ambassador to Turkey, as well as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy in Myanmar. In the private sector, Mr Philp worked as a senior executive with Woodside Energy,” stated Payne.

“Mr Philp holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University.

NZ$10 million vaccine funding

Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters, announced this today in Port Moresby soon after the conclusion of the APEC Leaders’ Summit.

New Zealand will be working in partnership with the National Department of Health and Australia on this program.

“We are going to put $10 million towards PNG’s vaccination campaign from life threating and preventable diseases,” Peters stated.

Aust govt increases support

Around 140,000 people living in the remote areas of the Highlands region were most impacted by the earthquake.

In a joint statement, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, said: “Continuing aftershocks have caused further damage in these areas, including a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on 5 March and a 6.7 magnitude earthquake this morning.

Audit team to travel to NZ

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rimbink Pato, announced in Parliament last week that the team comprising of Government officials will be visiting Wellington this month to look into the matter and report back.

This follows the announcement by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in January this year of an investigation into the sale of the property during the residence.

Pato confirmed in Parliament last week that the residence was sold on November 13th 2014 for some NZ$800,300 (K1.5 million) with proceeds deposited into a trust account.

Pato condemns attack on Chief Justice

He expressed his deepest sympathy, towards the Chief Justice after he was viciously attacked criminals on the Stak road in Wapenamanda, Enga  Province on Monday 8th January, 2018.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of criminal violence against anybody, but in particular against one of the most respected citizens of our great country,” said Pato.

He said those who commit such crimes against public officials must face the full rigor of the law.

Meetings to benefit PNG: Pato

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rimbink Pato, says PNG will immensely benefit from the meetings he and his delegation attended.

 In a media conference today, Pato expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the Pacific Day Seminar on September 14, and the 3rd Our Oceans Conference in Washington DC, from September 15th – 16th .

Attended by over 163 countries, Pato says PNG will benefit immensely, with strong commitments from member countries to protect the ocean through technological innovation, ocean conservation and sustainable use.