Australian High Commission
SENATOR BOB CARR has arrived in Papua New Guinea for a four day visit. While in PNG, Senator Carr will meet acting prime minister Leo Dion, his counterpart foreign minister Rimbink Pato and other senior figures.
“I am looking forward to my visit to our closest neighbour for discussions that will strengthen our close relationship further,” Senator Carr said.
Senator Carr is now in Port Moresby, where he will attend commemoration ceremonies for Australian World War II personnel buried in the Bomana War Cemetery.
He will also travel to the Highlands to see Australian-funded health and education programs. This leg will include a visit to Mt Hagen, and to Minister Pato’s electorate of Wapenamanda in Enga Province.
Senator Carr will be joined in Port Moresby later in the week by Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson, Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen, Home Affairs and Defence Material Minister Jason Clare and Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles for the 21st Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum on Thursday.
The Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum is an integral part of the bilateral relationship providing a platform for Australian and PNG Ministers to advance bilateral work and to discuss mutual regional and international issues interests and priorities.
“The Forum’s substantial agenda will include consideration of progress on negotiations for an Economic Cooperation Treaty, the establishment of a PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund, and cooperation on police, defence, immigration and development issues”, Senator Carr said.
Prior to announcements during his visit on substantial assistance in the health and education sectors, Senator Carr has announced funding of $370,000 for four Family and Sexual Violence (FSV) units in Papua New Guinea, offering support for women escaping domestic violence or looking to make complaints of sexual assault.
Photo: PNG High Commissioner to Australia, Charleds Lepani, is seen with Senator Carr and Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ian Kemish