Scott: PNG Needs A Standard To Trade
Papua New Guinea needs a common trade standard network that will meet the international market requirements when it goes to trade.
British High Commissioner to PNG Keith Scott said at the moment PNG is trading without a standard, hence it is difficult to trade a lot of agricultural products.
Mr Scott said discussions are currently underway for department heads in both countries to explore areas that need development which the British government can help Papua New Guinea with.
He said the British are focusing on capacity building in the country which is one of their areas of expertise.
“There’s quite an exciting range of products and vanilla maybe one, but it’s making them aware and it's making sure to see what the problems are.
“This is why I keep going back to common standards network, but if you can help Papua New Guinea develop standards for manufactured products even food stuff that is then acceptable overseas and you open up huge potential export markets for PNG,” he said.
Mr Scott said the UK markets are currently trading with all the commonwealth countries and if PNG matches that standard, it is as good to trade into the wider world.
“The important thing is helping Papua New Guinea set Papua New Guinean standards so what we’re not seeing is that here is the British standard why don’t you use that here is an Australian standard why don’t you use that.
We were saying here is the British standard it’s internationally accepted,” Mr Scott said.
“How can you develop that to work for Papua New Guinea and still be internationally accepted so it’s in a way it’s taking back control.
“Developing standards in Papua New Guinea for Papua New Guinea but it’s accepted overseas.
“That is why we are looking for niche areas where we can add value and it could be … it’s almost slightly technical but I think that’s where we could add value but it’s got to be driven by Papua New Guinea.”