Prime Ministers Media Releases

PM Marape thanks NZ for assisting in evacuating PNG students from Wuhan

AUCKLAND: Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, has expressed utmost gratitude to New Zealand for its assistance in evacuating the 17 Papua New Guinean students from Wuhan in China and for housing and treating them in New Zealand, during the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus. 
 
He begun his official visit to New Zealand, last Friday, starting with him meeting with his New Zealand counterpart, the Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern in Auckland, today. 
 
Leading a high level delegation of parliamentarians and senior government officials, PM Marape said, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand continue to maintain a warm and pleasant relationship, spanning well over four decades.  
 
I am humbled by the warm welcome and reception Prime Minister Arden has given my delegation and I, and I look forward to further strengthening the cordial relationship between our two countries, PM Marape said.
 
In support of PM Ardern’s welcoming remarks, PM Marape acknowledged that PNG’s close relationship with NZ is of great importance during a time of global change and turbulence. 
 
First and foremost, let me on behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea thank New Zealand for its most recent effort and assistance in working together on aspects of our response to the Coronavirus outbreak, including the safe evacuation, treatment and the return of a number of Papua New Guinean students from Wuhan in China. 
 
My visit is certainly an opportunity to increase engagement with NZ as part of PNG’s bilateral cooperation as well as to discuss shared regional interests and New Zealand’s support to the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership, PM Marape said. 
 
He said New Zealand’s humanitarian gesture in assisting our students by bringing them home during the Coronavirus outbreak, goes to show that New Zealand and PNG share robust and strong relations. 
 
Also, New Zealand’s efforts in ensuring the Bougainville Peace Agreement was upheld in Bougainville from 2001 till the referendum in 2019, through its deployment of NZ police personnel throughout the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, is a clear demonstration that NZ has played a vital role in the peace process and is clearly a significant partner in the Pacific region, PM Marape said. 
 
He PNG said PNG also looks forward to  adopting the New Zealand public service model - as it is one of the countries in the world that has the best public service. 
 
The PNG delegation then visited the Papua New Guinean employees (fruit-pickers), engaged throught the Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme at Hawke's Bay, in New Zealand

PM Marape attends roundtable discussions at the Israel-Pacific Island Leaders’ Summit

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, attended roundtable discussions at the Israel- Pacific Island Leaders’ Summit in Nadi yesterday.

In his intervention points he acknowledged the Government of Fiji through the Prime Minister Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama for hosting the first meeting and thanked the people and Government of Israel for the initiative to have discussions on issues of mutual concern with leaders of 16 Pacific Island countries who are all members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF).

Prime Minister Marape said although there are sixteen countries, when there are issues of common interest, their voices are combined as one through the PIF.

And some of the common issues that we face every day include climate change and rising sea levels.

We may be small in land mass but the entire Pacific put together, is a big space that we occupy on planet earth.

In the ocean that we share, we also have vast resources.

Possibly 50% of the world’s tuna supply are caught in our waters,” Prime Minister Marape said.

The Prime Minister said Papua New Guineans are also known to be the first people to go into agriculture 10, 000 years ago and today, with Israel having advanced in agricultural technologies, we would like to embrace those technologies as well.

PNG values the agricultural expertise and support from Israel and will continue to work together in this sector,” he said.

We also welcome Israel scholarship programs in the field of agriculture.

Prime Minister Marape is very appreciative of the Government of Israel's offer to train 100 professionals in Israel in areas of agriculture, technology and security.

Papua New Guinea established relations with Israel in May 1978 and Papua New Guinea has benefited from Israeli expertise in the field of agriculture including citrus farming.

PM arrives in New Zealand for Official Visit

AUCKLAND: Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, has just touch down in New Zealand for his official visit.

Upon arriving in Auckland from Fiji, PM Marape is scheduled to meet his New Zealand  counterpart, the Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern, at the Government House.

There, PM Marape and his counterpart will hold a one-on-one prime ministerial discussion, followed by bilateral discussion with the PNG-NZ delegations.

Points of discussion include our diplomatic relations and political representation, immigration and consular relations, high level bilateral consultations, defence and security cooperation, trade and investment cooperation; development and technical cooperation, the Bougainville Referendum 2019; new areas of future cooperation  between PNG & NZ; along with selected regional and international issues.

After the bilateral discussions, both prime ministers will hold a joint media conference followed by a courtesy call paid to PM Marape by New Zealand’s Leader of Opposition, Hon. Simon Bridges, MP.

Prime Minister Marape is accompanied by the Minister for National Planning, Hon. Sam Basil, Oro Governor Gary Juffa, West New Britain Governor, Francis Maneke and the Tewaii-Siassi MP, Kobby Bomareo.

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP in Fiji for the Israel – Pacific Islands Leaders’ Summit in Nadi, Fiji

The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP, arrived yesterday (19/02/20) in Fiji for the Israel – Pacific Islands Leaders’ Summit in Nadi, Fiji.
 
The meeting is the first ever meeting with the State of Israel and Pacific Island Leaders, held today (20/02/2020) to reaffirm diplomatic relations between Israel and Pacific Island States.
 
Discussions in the meetings focused around challenges in achieving sustainable development of the region in agriculture, water management, food security, public health and disaster management.  
 
Leaders also discussed and exchanged views on global developments and issues of mutual interest.