Papua New Guinea

PM visited Papua New Guinea.

  • India’s focus on Pacific Islands as a counter to China’s focus on Mauritius, Sri Lanka and other Indian Ocean islands.
  • India is ready to cooperate with Pacific Island countries in protecting their Exclusive Economic Zones
  • PM made a pointed reference to Papua New Guinea’s natural resources and said there were many opportunities waiting to be seized as both countries had prioritised sustainable use of ocean and marine resources
  • India will also pledge support to establish a pharmaceutical production unit here to meet the demand for life-saving medicines
India PNG MoUs:
  1. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between India’s ministry of health and family welfare and Paua New Guinea’s ministry of health and HIV/AIDS for a broad range of cooperation in the field of healthcare and medical science.
  2. Another MoU was signed between the Papua New Guinea government and the Export Import Bank of India for a $100-million credit line for development of infrastructure in the island-nation.
  3. The third MoU was between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, and PNG University of Technology, Lae, for cooperation in agricultural research.
  4. The fourth MoU was signed between the governments of India and Papua New Guinea for establishing of India-Papua New Guinea Centre for Excellence in IT.
India is going to explore and develop Papua New Guinea’s vast oil and gas resources
  • Through joint ventures and investments from both the Indian private and public sectors.
  • It could be a new avenue of cooperation between the two countries, Papua New Guinea



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