REGINALD RENAGI has
previously commented about the need to promote trade between PNG and
Other people in PNG have also commented on the need to promote trade so PNG businesses are encouraged to expand and develop trade as a counterbalance to aid.
If the half billion in Australian aid were used to assist and encourage PNG products to be sold in Australia, it would go along way in helping to stop the aid dependency that has built up over the last 30 odd years.
PNG products could be assisted with a 'most favoured
nation' clause that would subsidise product price at point of sale in
This subsidy could be on a diminishing scale, with a guaranteed sunset clause in say 5-10 years after the PNG business has been established and consumer demand proven.
In an address to the PNG Parliament, former prime minister
Sir Julius Chan said to
At the same time, East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta has
remarked that "Australian aid to
The Australian government must make some tough decisions about our future relationship with PNG: whether it’s a partnership, as would be signified by an emphasis on trade, or patronage.
The choice is not only clear but urgently in need of a decision.