Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, MP, has acknowledged the support of the EU in the first Trade Related Assistance Project (TRAP) which resulted in the formulation of Papua New Guinea’s first ever National Trade Policy.
The Prime Minister made the acknowledgement during his meeting with the EU Resident Representative, His Excellency Ioannis Giokarakis-Argyropoulos at his official suite at Sir Manasupe Haus recently.
Prime Minister Marape said the TRAP also included capacity building assistance to the National Fisheries Authority, PNG Customs and other trade facilitation institutions.
“The purchase of laboratory equipment for the University of Technology’s National Analytical and Testing Laboratory at the cost of K2.4 million under the second phase of the TRAP is also very welcome.
“The equipment would greatly address the need for comprehensive quality assurance and products testing thereby improving competitiveness of PNG’s export products to targeted overseas markets.”
The Prime Minister said diplomatic relations with the EU was established in 1977 when the EU office was set up in Papua New Guinea and every two years, the PNG-EU relations and political dialogue is strengthened through the PNG-EU High Level Political Dialogue since 2014.
Prime Minister Marape also informed H.E Argyropoulos that the Trade Functions under his regime had reverted to the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ministerial portfolio had been renamed as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade.