United States of America (USA)

PNG needs to strengthen US relations: Treasurer

He made this statement after he and Prime Minister James Marape met with US President, Joe Biden today at the White House in Washington, DC.

“The United States economy is the largest in the world, valued at $US26,854 billion (K97,650bn) in 2023, according to the latest IMF figures.

“This is still nearly 40 percent larger than the second largest economy of China, of $ US19,373 billion (K70, 447bn).

U.S - PNG Bilateral Defence Dialogue

The dialogue, held at Murray Barracks, is an opportunity for both the United States and PNG to jointly plan activities for the upcoming year.

PNGDF Acting Chief of Defence Force Commodore Philip Polewara and Deputy Secretary for Defence Simon Tunapai hosted U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Thomas James, Mobilization Assistant to USINDOPACOM's Director of Strategic Planning and Policy along with U.S. military and defense civilians.   

The discussion centered on:

U.S - PNG conclude historic patrol

Building on the recently ratified bilateral agreement to counter illicit transnational maritime activities, the U.S. Coast Guard joined hands with PNG agencies – the Defence Force, Customs Services, National Fisheries Authority, and the Department of Transport's Maritime Security Division – to make this historic operation a reality.

Ship riders from PNG agencies spent a cumulative 10 days countering illegal maritime activity, including illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Notable achievements of the patrol include:

U.S congress reps visit Port Moresby

They also toured some of the many important sites in and around Port Moresby.

The delegation visited the St. Therese clinic at Hohola. For about 20 years, the clinic that was established in 1940 has been supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dr Neal Dunn, a former army doctor, passionate about medical diplomacy highlighted the significance of the investments made by the U.S. government.

Marines and sailors foster PNG-US collaboration

In a demonstration of their commitment to the partnership, the U.S. Marines have embarked on a unique project, collaborating with their Papua New Guinean counterparts to construct a new church at the Air Transport Wing.

The joint efforts between the United States and Papua New Guinea extend beyond the construction project. Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Marines will also commence work on refurbishing a range, with the aim of improving training capabilities for the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF).

Harvard Scientist collect Meteor Fragments from Manus Island

Key points:

  • Analysis of the fragments is hoped to reveal whether the meteor was made up of elements different from those found in our solar system
  • Professor Loeb says the fragments may be the first sign of civilisation beyond our solar system
  • The meteor was detected by US ballistic missile systems in 2014

The team set out on a research boat called Silver Star in late June.

Using a magnetic sled, they excavated debris from the ocean floor where the meteor hit.

Positive outcomes from US-PNG DCA

Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Walter Schnaubelt made this clarifications in support of the DCA.

The Minister in a statement said the Department of Transport, NAC, NSPL and CASA PNG did provide their advice in their capacity as members of the negotiating team as it relates to their respective responsibilities in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Maritime Organizations (IMO)’s when delivering certain requirements under the US-PNG DCA.

US to host FIFA Club World Cup

The appointment was made at its meeting held by video conference from the Home of FIFA.

The host selection process took into consideration the infrastructure and service requirements, as well as broader strategic objectives for the tournament.

The decision was reached based on the United States’ position as a proven leader in staging global events and because it would allow FIFA to maximise synergies with the delivery of the FIFA World Cup 2026™, to the benefit of both tournaments and the development of football in the North American region. 

Bolstering Security Cooperation

The US is also in support of expanding people-to-people connections, advocating for climate action, clean energy, and sustainable infrastructure, and efforts for economic partnership and recovery

“We are strengthening our cooperation with Pacific Islands countries on improving maritime domain awareness, combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and countering transnational criminal activity.”


Economic partnership and recovery

Through increasing trade and investment; providing assistance to strengthen enabling environments, infrastructure, and macroeconomic stability; and continued support for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include: