The Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, MP today met with Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia, His Excellency, Mr Pham to discuss the status of existing bilateral relations. Papua New Guinea and Vietnam have enjoyed cordial relations since establishing formal diplomatic ties in 1989.
Their discussions focused on ‘Trade and Investment’. The Vietnamese Ambassador of noted the importance of this matter and was very keen to share his countries experiences with PNG, particularly in the areas of; Agriculture, Telecommunication, Fisheries and Technology exchange.
Prime Minister Marape in response acknowledged the Ambassador’s remarks on the importance of trade and investment and said that Vietnam was a booming economy with so much to acquire from in terms of business and PNG was keen to draw on it’s experience to help grow the economy.
He expressed keen interest in Vietnam’s development especially in the areas of technology that could be of mutual benefit for PNG in the future.
Prime Minister Marape informed the Ambassador that PNG had a lot to offer in terms of resources and he was appreciative of Vietnam’s proposal to share its experiences with PNG to develop Agriculture and Technology.
“We are focusing more on downstream processing and it would be very helpful to share and learn from Vietnam’s experience in this area,” said Prime Minster Marape.
Ambassador Quang in response said that PNG has a lot of areas to invest in and Vietnam is showing keen interest in those areas.
In addition, he extended an invitation from the Vietnamese Government for Prime Minister Marape to Officially Visit Vietnam to further strengthen the bilateral relations and see what the country had on offer.
In concluding, Prime Minister Marape also invited Vietnam to consider setting up a fully-fledged Diplomatic Mission in PNG so that both countries could work together to strengthen and enhance the existing bilateral ties.