A MORE effective foreign policy is needed to strengthen and improve Papua New Guinea’s international ties, says Frank Aisi, deputy secretary for policy, economic and international relations of the prime minister’s department.
Aisi said PNG has diplomatic relations with 56 countries and needs a policy that is strategic in outlook and capable of drawing tangible benefits that complement national development plans.
He stressed that the policy needs to be delivered by a functioning public service that is responsive, knowledge based and attuned to domestic and international issues.
Officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of National Planning must also have the capacity to attract development assistance.
“Our overseas missions and posts need to be staffed by highly qualified personnel not just from the Foreign Affairs but from the entire public service,” he added.
Officials from the department have been tasked to come up with a revised PNG foreign policy.