Japan Foreign Minister To Visit
Japan is expected to make a major announcement this Friday when the country’s Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu jets into Port Moresby tomorrow.
It has been said that Japan will announce a major funding arrangement including advancing co-operation for the early recovery of the economy of PNG, which has been impacted by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Prime Minister James Marape also confirmed the envoy’s visit which he said his government is looking forward to as the two countries will further consolidate their bilateral and trading relationships which will also support the government’s 2020 budget priorities.
Mr Toshimitsu is visiting three countries in this sector visit amidst the coronavirus pandemic of which PNG is among the Mekong region leg including Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar from August 20 to 25.
The Japanese Embassy yesterday confirmed yesterday that Mr Toshimitsu will visit PNG and will arrive tomorrow afternoon to kick start his meetings on Friday.
He will meet with Prime Minister James Marape on Friday morning and other meetings with vital dignitaries before he departs on Saturday, August 22, for Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.
In PNG, Minister Toshimitsu will exchange views on further promoting the traditionally friendly and cooperative relationship with PNG, which is the key to the stability of the Pacific Islands region and advancing cooperation for the early recovery of the economy of PNG, which has been impacted by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid19).
During his visit to each country, Minister Toshimitsu is also scheduled to exchange views on common concerns and interests such as cooperation towards the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, the situation in the South China Sea which is an urgent challenge for the international community and the region and North Korea.
Through this trip, Minister Toshimitsu aims to establish further closer collaboration in regional and international with these countries. Furthermore, in the three countries in the Mekong region, Minister Toshimitsu is scheduled to exchange views on cooperation for resuming cross-border travel and promotion of a variety of cooperation including response measures against covid 19.