Kalinoe likes to see closer ties with Portugal


PAPUA New Guinea needs to further strengthen its diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with Portugal as part of its strategy to connect bilaterally with member states of the European Union.
The need to for meaningful relations between the two countries was discussed in a high-level bilateral meeting between the country’s ambassador to European Union and Portugal, Joshua Kalinoe, and director-general of Asia and Oceania in the Portugese ministry of foreign affairs, Jose Vieira, in Lisbon, Portugal last month.
Their discussions were on a number of areas including trade, investment and cultural exchanges.
They expressed the desire to have further high-level engagements, including at political level to facilitate cooperation in these areas.
Kalinoe also met with the director- general of Asia and Oceania in the ministry of economy, Artur Lami, and Helena Malcata, executive director of Agencia para o Investimento e Commercio Externo de Portugal (AICEP), the Portuguese equivalent of PNG Investment Promotion Authority.
Kalinoe said the meeting with the ministry of economy and AICEP Global identified a number of opportunities that would require following up.
“We agreed to meet again in January 2017 to look at specific opportunities with members of AICEP Global in order for the companies to engage with the PNG private sector,” he said.
“On cultural exchanges, we agreed to investigate opportunities to make the Portugese language available to Papua New Guineans.”
Kalinoe said the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Papua New Guinea embassy in Brussels were fully implementing the Connect Europe strategy that was developed since he took up office in 2013.
The high level visits to Europe recently by the Prime Minister and a number of key ministers and the hosting of the PNG Trade and Investment Forum in Paris in June this year were part of this strategy.
A number of European companies visited PNG to explore opportunities in March 2015, organised by the embassy.

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