THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the signing of a Designated Aid Status Agreement between Papua New Guinea and Care International.
Care International is a global, impartial and independent humanitarian non-governmental organisation established to help the poor and needy through poverty alleviation programmes and has offices in 69 countries.
Acting Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu said yesterday the designated status of Care PNG was approved to enter into the agreement with Care International to formalise its operations in the country as required by the Constitution.
“Care International established its office in PNG through Care Australia and is based in Goroka, Eastern Highlands,” Sir Puka said.
“Project activities will be in line with the development priorities of the Government and any materials brought in to the country will be used exclusively for the purpose of implementing its project activities under the agreement.
“The signing of the agreement with Care International by the Government will underscore the Government’s commitment to work closely with international development partners, including civil society members in addressing socio-economic issues of importance to the country through private-public partnership,” Sir Puka said.
He said it would also serve as a catalyst for long-term mutual cooperation between the Government and Care International in addressing humanitarian issues in the country.