JA­PAN AND PNG BOOST AIR SER­VICE AGREE­MENT

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Pa­pua New Guinea and Ja­pan of­fi­cially signed the ex­change of notes on the re­vised air ser­vice agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries.

Foreign Min­is­ter Rim­bink Pato and his coun­ter­part Ja­pan Foreign Min­is­ter Taro Kono of­fi­cially signed the in­stru­ments at the Likura House in Tokyo on Wed­nes­day. Pato in his ad­dress to the me­dia and of­fi­cial din­ner del­e­gates said that this was a very im­por­tant doc­u­ment which will im­prove trade and in­vest­ment and the over­all re­la­tions be­tween PNG and Ja­pan.

He said that this will also en­able Air Ni­ug­ini’s ser­vice to Ja­pan fur­ther en­hance and strengthen con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Ja­pan, PNG and the Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries.

“Air Ni­ug­ini presently has twice weekly ser­vices presently to Narita from Port Moresby,” Mr Pato said.

“This third weekly ser­vice will re­sult in in­clu­sion of the Fed­er­ated States of Mi­crone­sia (FSM) which means many of our ex­ports par­tic­u­larly tuna from FSM and PNG will have ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the mar­kets of Ja­pan and of course in­flow of tourists from Ja­pan through to the rest of the Pa­cific is­land coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly at a time like this when we move into a closer co-op­er­a­tion with Ja­pan and Pa­cific Is­land na­tions,” Pato said.

“Ja­pan is a very im­por­tant part­ner of PNG and of course Ja­pan is the sec­ond largest trad­ing part­ner for PNG af­ter Aus­tralia and in the over­all part­ner­ship, there’s so many issues and chal­lenges that Ja­pan works very closely with Pa­pua New Guinea and to­gether we have an im­por­tant part­ner­ship as we reach out to­gether for PNG.

“The sign­ing of the air Ser­vices Agree­ment, the amend­ments re­lat­ing thereto will en­able our part­ner­ship to con­nect bet­ter be­tween our­selves in trade and in­vest­ment, peo­ple to peo­ple con­tract as well as to the rest of the Pa­cific so I am very well pleased and priv­i­leged to be here on be­half of our coun­try,.

“We have been talk­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Abe-San and the for­mer Foreign Min­is­ter Fu­mio Kishida-San-when we last met in DA Nang in Viet­nam, I am so glad,” Mr Pato said.

Ja­pan Foreign Min­is­ter Kono on the other hand said: “With the re­visit, we hope the num­ber of flights be­tween Ja­pan and PNG will be in­creased and also strengthen con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween Ja­pan and the Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries.”

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Air Ni­ug­ini flight at Tokyo’s Narita Air­port

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