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Cabinet Approves Foreign Co-Operation Deal

The National Executive Council has approved the framework agreement on development and technical co-operation between PNG and other countries.

The framework is a process through which PNG can enhance and diversify its relations with individual countries or foreign governments.

Prime Minister, James Marape said it will govern and administer the overall coordination and facilitation of the bilateral development and technical co-operation between PNG and any foreign government.

“This is an overarching agreement and will be executed at a higher political or diplomatic level by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

“It does not intend to nor does actually replaces numerous development co-operation agreements between PNG and other individual development partners, which are technically oriented and specific to the individual country strategy or sector programs implemented by the development partners.

“But it is a framework that embodies the sovereign commitment and desire by PNG and the signatory partner or country to work together to provide or exchange technical and development assistance and development financing in the key areas of development for PNG, where PNG is the recipient country and for the other country if PNG is the donor,’’ Mr Marape said.

The framework agreement outlines the expectations of PNG and the signatory party on the operational and reporting, possible co-operation, compliance and administrative procedures, adherence to the laws and regulations, and renewal of such agreements.

He said the framework agreement also entails the key development sectors for possible cooperation between the concerned sectors in the two countries through the execution of subsidiary sector specific understandings and arrangements.

“The agreement is intended to strengthen and expand Papua New Guinea’s bilateral relations and international engagement with bilateral partners and other international organisations in mutual interest and benefit.

“It will be legally binding and must be the basis and framework upon which PNG can facilitate, develop and conclude sector level understandings and arrangements between the different sectors or government organisations in PNG and their counterpart sectors or organisations,” Mr Marape said.

The agreement is designed for PNG to be actively engaged and connect with foreign governments, development partners and international organisations.

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/cabinet-approves-foreign-co-operation-deal/

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