Friday, April 1, 2016

1) PNG supports Indonesia to become member of Melanesian spearhead group

2) RI, PNG agree to forge bilateral ties

3) President Jokowi to visit Merauke


1) PNG supports Indonesia to become member of Melanesian spearhead group

Jumat, 1 April 2016 23:33 WIB | 532 Views
Port Moresby, PNG (ANTARA News)- The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has supported Indonesia to get the status of associative member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and later become a full member in due course of time.

Indonesias application to become a full MSG member was being processed, and thereafter, the way to obtain the full membership status would be opened, PNG Foreign and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato informed Rahmad Nasution of ANTARA, here, Friday, following a bilateral meeting with the Indonesian delegation led by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

PNG will host the 21st Summit of the MSG in 2017. During its 20th Summit held in Honiara in the Solomon Islands on June 26, 2015, Indonesia had obtained the associative member status.

At the bilateral meeting, Pato stated that the constructive and open talks covered various cooperation opportunities including in the fields of economy, investment, trade, and energy, particularly LNG, and flights connecting the two neighboring countries. 

They also discussed cooperation between the two nations police and military, especially to guard the border areas.

PNG, which will host an APEC Summit in 2018, is eager to take a cue from Indonesia on ways to organize a major international meeting.

According to Pato, the two countries have signed 11 memoranda of understanding and three agreements to strengthen bilateral partnership based on mutual respect.

"We will also learn from Indonesias rich experiences in democracy, and we (PNG and Indonesia) will move together and work in tandem," noted Pato, who was accompanied by PNG Trade Minister Richard Mare and National Development Planning Minister Charles Abe.  

In the meantime, Head of the Indonesian Delegation Minister Pandjaitan remarked that the two delegations also discussed cooperation in immigration affairs, trade, and the development of the palm oil industry.

"The Indonesian trade ministrys delegation and business mission will visit PNG in late April this year. Our relations are becoming closer," Pandjaitan affirmed.

At the invitation of PNG Prime Minister Peter ONeill, President Joko Widodo visited Port Moresby on May 11-12, 2015, to strengthen bilateral cooperation in economic, trade, investment, and infrastructure construction fields.

The two leaders also agreed to increase the value of bilateral trade beyond trading activities in the border areas that reaches US$4.5 million per year.(*)


2) RI, PNG agree to forge bilateral ties

Jumat, 1 April 2016 23:07 WIB | 356 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have agreed to forge relations between the two countries.

The two countries reached an agreement to this effect during a meeting between Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, and several Papua New Guinean ministers on Friday to look into the possibility of cooperation between the two countries.

Papua New Guinea Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Kimbink Pato, National Planning Minister Charles Abel and Trade and Industry Minister Richard Maru greeted the Indonesian minister and his entourage upon arrival in the country.

In a press statement released on Friday, Kimbink Pato said he was pleased to receive the high-level Indonesian delegation.

"The model of cooperation we have discussed covers many fields ranging from culture and trade to military cooperation. We also discussed a plan to cooperate in liquefied natural gas (LNG), palm oil, and intelligence. Basically, this cooperation is aimed at narrowing any differences between the two countries," Pato said.

To accelerate the realization of cooperation projects, Indonesia will send an economic delegation, led by the trade minister, to Papua New Guinea next month, Luhut said.

At the meeting with Papua New Guinean ministers, Indonesia also offered assistance to the neighboring country which will host an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in 2018.(*)


3) President Jokowi to visit Merauke

Sabtu, 2 April 2016 01:31 WIB | 255 Views

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is scheduled to leave for Merauke, Papua, on Sunday afternoon for a two-day visit to the eastern region.

The chief of the XVII Cenderawasih Military Command overseeing the region, Major General Hinsa Siburian, said here that President Jokow would inaugurate the newly renovated Mopah terminal in Merauke upon his arrival.

On Monday, President Jokowi is scheduled to visit the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border post in Sota and inspect the Trans-Papua and border roads.

After visiting the border in the southern part of Papua, President Jokowi will proceed to Manokwari, West Papua, Major General Hinsa Siburian said.

While in West Papua, the President will inaugurate the port in Wasior and later visit Sorong where he will inaugurate a micro-hydro power plant in Maybrat, he said.

Asked about which cabinet ministers would be accompanying the President, Siburian said he did not know about it.

(Reporting by Evarukdijati/T.E006/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/B003)

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