On 24th April, HE Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, led a delegation of his senior ministers to visit the UK for the second UK-Papua New Guinea Trade Investment Forum.
Following on from the inaugural forum in 2015, UK-PNG Trade & Investment Forum 2015 – Highlights this event demonstrated significant developments that the country has made in the intervening years as well showcasing key opportunities in business and investment in; Finance, the Extractives, Energy and Infrastructure.
Opening remarks were made by Hon Rimbink Pato, Papua New Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs alongside the Rt Hon Mark Fields, Minister of State for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office, both talked about the existing relationship between the UK and Papua New Guinea, something that had been cemented just the week before at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The day included spotlights on agriculture and tourism with an address made by Bob Bates MD of Trans Niugini Tours, as well as a plenary session on several key sectors; Petroleum, Energy, Mining and Infrastructure.
Bob Bates, MD of Trans Nuigini Tours, HE Peter O’Neill CMG, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and HRH The Duke Of York KG.
Also in attendance was His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who delivered the closing remarks of the forum where he expressed a sincere hope that the UK and Papua New Guinea would continue to build on the strong business ties that connect the two countries.