Rimbink Pato

Pato stresses on resource protection

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rimbink Pato, told the leaders at the World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires that PNG cannot protect these resources by themselves.

“We need multilateral agreements, and we also need bilateral agreements, and – like other developing island states – we need support to integrate our economy in the world economy.”

Pato said representatives at the meeting were trustees of humanity whose duty was to forge rules for multilateral agreements to assist the prosperity and well-being of the planet.

Govt invites Middle East investments

Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato extended the invitation when arriving in Dubai on Tuesday.

Pato said he would be discussing with UAE what they would like to do in PNG, with particular interest in technology and renewable energy.

“The International Renewable Energy Agency is based in UAE and we are keen for it to assist with a review of our renewable energy options.

“We want to find what would best suit PNG, whether it is one or more of the options such as hydro, solar, biomass, windmills, thermal and waves.

Pato in Dubai to discuss Expo 2020

The Minister is the envoy of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill at the International Participants Meeting (19-20 October) for Expo 2020, which will be held in Dubai from October 2020 to April 2021, and expected to attract 25 million visitors.

Pato said the Expo would not only be the first for the Middle East but would be the most globally diverse, and a showcase of modern technology.

He said PNG was working to contribute via its own pavilion to the success of Expo 2020 and to bring many benefits back home.

Positive response to PNG proposals

In a statement, the Minister says Japan has agreed to address illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean and assist with improved air transport in the region.

Speaking at a working dinner for Pacific Island Forum leaders in association with the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, Abe acknowledged the issues raised by Pato and said increased cooperation on coastal guard vessel surveillance would address the need to monitor and control maritime waters to combat illegal fishing.

Wingti, Pato, Parkop and Kaupa arrive in Alotau

Accompanying him this afternoon from Port Moresby are Wapenamanda MP Rimbink Pato, NCD Governor Powes Parkop and newly elected MP for Moresby North-east John Kaupa.

The arrival of these four members now bring the total to 50 MPs currently in the Alotau camp.

Meantime, the incumbent Prime Minister and Ilaibu Pangia member re-elect, Peter O’Neill will be arriving with other MPs this evening as well.


Loop PNG will be bringing you all the updates straight from Alotau.

New police station for Wapenamanda

The police station and vehicle were from the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) funds.

Commissioner Baki, Foreign Affairs Minister and local MP, Rimbink Pato, Assistant Commissioner of Police for logistic Tony Duwang and the Provincial Police Commander George Kakas, were in Wapenamanda to officially receive the new infrastructure and vehicle.

Two new police stations are still under construction in the Lower Lai and Tsak valley. Both buildings are expected to be completed before the end of June.

Pato furious over reports of molestation

The Diplomat had previously served a four year tour of duty at the PNG Embassy in Korea, and recently returned home at the start of this year.

Pato said upon receipt of the reports, Public Service disciplinary charges were served on the officer by the Departmental head.

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.

Connectivity Development Workshop underway

This is one of the planned outcomes of the 2nd Sub-Regional Workshop on Connectivity Development  currently underway in Port Moresby,.

The event was officially opened on Thursday March 16 by Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alexis Maino, on behalf of Minister, Rimbink Pato,

Maino said  the two-day event provided an opportunity to discuss and share experiences and best practices amongst experts and officials to improve transportation and telecommunication infrastructures; effective institutions, mechanisms and processes; and people t people contacts.

Minister Bishop in PNG for meet

She will be here to co-chair the 25th Australia–Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Madang, together with Papua New Guinea's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato.

In a statement, Bishop said: “I will be joined by an Australian delegation comprising the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

“This ministerial representation underlines our comprehensive engagement with Papua New Guinea.