Japan-Papua New Guinea (PNG) Foreign Ministers' Meeting
April 26, 2011
On Tuesday, April 26, Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, met with Hon. Don Pomb Polye, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approximately 40 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Prior to the meeting, Minister Matsumoto and Minister Polye held a signing ceremony of the Investment Agreement between Japan and Papua New Guinea ("Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea for the Promotion and Protection of Investment").
- Bilateral Relations
(1) Opening Remarks
Minister Matsumoto expressed his gratitude for the assistance of PNG in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. He said that he was pleased to be able to sign the Investment Agreement between Japan and Papua New Guinea, and expressed his expectation that the agreement will promote the further development of their bilateral economic relations. Both ministers agreed to continue their cooperation for the early entry into force of the agreement. Minister Polye extended his condolences once again for the recent disaster, and responded that the Investment Agreement between Japan and Papua New Guinea signed today is a culmination of their negotiation efforts, and that he looks forward to their continued cooperation to ensure that the agreement contributes to broadening their bilateral economic relations.
(2) Nuclear Safety
Minister Matsumoto explained the measures being taken to control the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and said that Japan will continue to make efforts to bring the situation under control with maximum transparency. In response, Minister Polye expressed his appreciation for Japan's provision of information.
(3) Investment and Energy
Minister Matsumoto requested the further cooperation of PNG, including improving the country's security, to facilitate the smooth implementation of the ongoing first liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in PNG, in which Japanese companies are also participating as well as the forthcoming second project. Furthermore, bearing in mind that demand for LNG will increase in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Minister Matsumoto expressed his expectation that PNG will become a stable supplier of LNG for Japan. In response, Minister Polye said PNG will support the smooth implementation of the LNG project in which Japanese companies also participate, and on behalf of the PNG Government he promised to make utmost efforts to ensure the safety of Japanese people, including Japanese travelers and investors. Minister Polye added that PNG would like to deepen their bilateral ties also in areas other than natural resources and energy.
(4) Economic Cooperation
Minister Polye expressed his appreciation for Japan's economic assistance to date, and said that in particular PNG would like to bolster their cooperation in the area of human resources development. In response, Minister Matsumoto explained the economic cooperation policy of Japan in the aftermath of the recent disaster. Both sides confirmed the importance of human resources development.
- Cooperation in International Fora
Both ministers exchanged views on cooperation in international fora including the issues of climate change and United Nations Security Council reform. The two sides agreed to maintain close communication in order to strengthen their joint efforts to cope with these various issues.
- (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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