THE CURRENT foreign aid framework between Papua New Guinea and Australia is out-dated and needs to be fixed, according to the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davis.
“There is much in the relationship that is positive,” Mr Davis (pictured) said at a conference in Port Moresby. “But there is one thing that I would like to see recast,”
Australia and Papua New Guinea should not be seen as donor and recipient nations but as economic and strategic partners.
He said for too long the relationship had been framed by the issue of foreign aid.
“We need to fix that. We need to recast that framing. It’s out-dated, and does not reflect the reality of our deep and broad bilateral partnership.”