PNG, Japan Sign Intent To Strengthen Relationship
Papua New Guinea and Japan signed a letter of intent last Friday aimed at promoting bilateral relations between Japan and Papua New Guinea.
Prime Minister James Marape and visiting Japan Foreign Affairs Minister Motegi Toshimitsu discussed economic issues such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and measures aimed at an early recovery of PNG’s economy from the effects of Covid-19.
The two sides also exchanged views on regional affairs, including North Korea issues, and shared the intent for continued close coordination. In connection, Minister Motegi sought understanding and cooperation for the early resolution of the abductions issue, to which Prime Minister Marape expressed his support.
Reaffirmed the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Papua New Guinea since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1975;
Reaffirmed the importance of a free, open, and sustainable maritime order based on the rule of law that will contribute to peace, stability, resilience, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region;
Reiterated the importance of all states respecting international law including freedom of navigation and overflight and other internationally lawful uses of the seas;
Acknowledged existing bilateral and economic agreements in force between Japan and Papua New Guinea;
Recognised the importance of expansion of closer trade and economic relations between Japan and Papua New Guinea;
Recognised the increased level of development cooperation between Japan and Papua New Guinea;
Recognised the importance of establishing closer cultural and people-to-people links between Japan and Papua New Guinea; and
Acknowledged substantial Japanese investments in Papua New Guinea.
They announced their intention to further promote bilateral relations, including trade and economic relations, inter alia:
The Government of Papua New Guinea intends to: a. Promote investor friendly environments for Japanese investors; b. Promote exports from Papua New Guinea to Japan; c. Strengthen development cooperation with Japan; and d. Promote commercial relations through Papua New Guinea state owned enterprises with Japanese investors.
The Government of Japan intends to: a. Promote investment in Papua New Guinea by Japanese investors; b. Promote Japan as a market destination for Papua New Guinea products; c. Strengthen development cooperation with Papua New Guinea; d. Promote commercial relations with Papua New Guinea state owned enterprises in the areas of mining, energy, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism; and e. Assist Papua New Guinea in the areas of enhancing its capacity and quality of products for international trade.
Both Governments intend to continue cooperation on initiatives and efforts in regional and international fora as well as multilateral institutions, to address issues concerning peace, security and stability in the region including on the North Korean issues.
The Government of Papua New Guinea expressed its support for the early resolution of the abductions issue.
The recovery of the remains of war dead and cooperation in the international fora were also discussed.