PNG diplo­mat says train­ing pro­gramme a boost for Pa­cific diplo­macy

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Welling­ton: The di­rec­tor of Pa­pua New Guinea’s For­eign Ser­vice Train­ing Pro­gramme says the coun­try in­creas­ingly sees it­self as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor within the Asia Pa­cific re­gion. Peter Eafeare is in New Zealand as part of the pro­gramme in which PNG’s Depart­ment of For­eign Affairs part­ners with its New Zealand coun­ter­part min­istry, and Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton, to train re­cruits and of­fi­cers from other de­part­ments. Mr Eafeare, who is one of PNG’s lead­ing di­plo­mats, said the aim of the pro­gramme is to build the ca­pac­ity of of­fi­cers in the for­eign ser­vice and line agen­cies in the foun­da­tion skills of diplo­macy. He said PNG’s prox­im­ity to Asia, and its role in the Pa­cific, is in­struc­tive in its diplo­matic de­vel­op­ment. “We can play a role as a link­age to other mem­ber coun­tries within the Pa­cific, who, out­side of Aus­tralia and New Zealand, who may have an in­ter­est in how they can con­duct re­la­tions with coun­tries within the ASEAN re­gion and be­yond. But with­out in­ter­fer­ing with their sov­er­eign choices to how they would like to con­duct their re­la­tions with those coun­tries.” RNZI

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