ADB official visits PNG

National, Normal

The National, Tuesday 12th February, 2013

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) vice-president (operations 2) Stephen Groff yesterday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill at his parliament office in Port Moresby.
Groff is in PNG to familiarise himself with ADB’s operations here and update himself on the national developments, as part of his discussions with senior government officials and major stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
He will be in the country until tomorrow.
“The objective of the meeting was to consult with me and exchange views on developments in PNG, relations with ADB and the bank’s support for PNG’s development objectives, as well as other topics of mutual interest,” O’Neill said.
He said they also discussed issues such as ADB’s partnership with PNG as it was the country’s largest development partner, the Chinese government loan, which ADB could co-finance along with PNG investments in other countries, the government’s future plans for regional cooperation and integration, especially Asia and streamlining project implementation and processing to ensure projects were effectively implemented.
O’Neill conveyed his government’s appreciation for ADB’s ongoing financial support and anticipated further enhancing the already robust development partnership.
Groff is responsible for a range of ADB’s operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.