Discussions are underway to establish a sister-city initiative between Papua New Guinea's Capital Port Moresby and Da Nang city in Vietnam.
This was agreed to in a bilateral meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko and Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son during the APEC Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
PNG Minister Tkatchenko, who is also the Member for Moresby South, said he fully supports the initiative, because it opens many opportunities for the nations capital.
Vietnam’s Foreign Minister said Da Nang is one of the fastest growing cities in Vietnam and is an attraction for tourism and other sectors.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop, who also sat in the meeting, expressed keen interest in the management systems that Vietnam employed to maximise their Special Economic Zones.
He said Vietnam is leading in terms of that model of stimulating that economy and creating employment and businesses – an area Port Moresby can venture into mainly in agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
Prime Minister James Marape and Minister Tkatchenko were also invited to officially visit Vietnam.